Bishop Briggs Reveals She Was Verbally Abused By Her Former Producers

By Katrina Nattress

March 11, 2020

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In November Bishop Briggs released her sophomore album Champion — a collection of songs the singer-songwriter believes "is the most vulnerable music" she's ever written. On Wednesday (March 11) she let down her guard even more by revealing the verbal abuse she endured by her former producers.

In 2018, producers Mark Jackson and Ian Brendon Scott sued Briggs for breach of contract when she "unceremoniously" dropped out of her production deal with them. In an emotional Instagram post, she explained why she decided to countersue.

"I ended my production deal with Mark Jackson and Ian Brendon Scott two years ago," she wrote in a lengthy statement. "I was promptly sued by them and I made the decision to countersue as my reason for leaving was due to the consistent verbal abuse I received on a daily basis while recording. I feel grateful that the songs that have garnered the most success from Church of Scars are the ones that were written during healthier times in the studio."

"The dismissive, controlling and belittling behavior from them began once labels and publishers started expressing interest in working with me," she continued. "I felt so proud of the music we were creating that I told myself to keep my head down and to suppress wany painful emotions."

The singer then turned her focus on the emotional support she received from writer Justin Tranter, who's also worked with the likes of Fall Out Boy and Linkin Park, and pop heavyweights Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and Selena Gomez, among others. "The turning point in my journey was when Justin Tranter came in to write with us," she said. "He was visibly upset with how they were talking to me and said at that point I was completely used to their behavior that I did anything they said. Justin was my guardian angel. He voiced that I didn’t have to work in conditions like that and that was not normal. I was so used to defending and protecting them, but instead I sat and cried. Someone was seeing me and my pain for the first time and I didn’t know how to erase what he witnessed."

Read Briggs full statement below.

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