If there's a clichéd lesson everyone should take seriously, it's that persistence is key.

Bishop Briggs has steadily been releasing hit single after hit single (her biggest single to date, 'River', gets consistent radio play on alternative radio stations in the US), which resulted in a tour slot with Coldplay (arguably one of the biggest pop bands in the world right now). Each day she steps closer and closer to becoming a household name, and she still hasn't released an album.

But, that's okay. While fans can sit and wait patiently for an album, they get a full set of original songs whenever they see her live. And this is something very unique to the internet era of music. The fact that an up-and-comer can have an opening slot on a major tour speaks to her talents and the accessibility of her singles. Her music is loved enough to already have generated a solid fan base.

I caught up with the busy artist over email while she was on the road. We discussed everything from her childhood and learning gospel in Japan, to how she balances the organic with the electronic. So, take a gander and learn a little bit more about the influences of Bishop Briggs. And of course, blast her latest single, 'Pray', and understand why she already has the chops to conquer the world, one track at a time.

You had a unique experience growing up in that you moved around a lot as a child. What was it like living in such culturally diverse countries?

I was born in London and then at the age of 4 I moved to Japan. I lived there for six years then went on to live in Hong Kong for 8 years. A few days after graduating high school, I moved to Los Angeles and in October, I'll have been here for 6 years. Is it time to move yet?! For me, growing up in Asia was never unusual until I came to the US and found out it was! Our home videos are where I see how insane it was to be playing with my dolls with Tokyo Tower in the background but truthfully it's all I've ever known. All I can say is I am thankful that I grew up there and I miss it all the time.

What music was played around the house while growing up?

My parents are both Scottish and huge music lovers so the house was always full of Coldplay, The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding... the list goes on! I don't think it hurt that Japan was known for its karaoke, which exposed me to a wide variety of genres!

At what age did you start forming your own musical identity when it came to what you listened to? What music did you gravitate towards?

I would say from the very beginning, I was always actively seeking my musical identity and ready to explore more. I gravitated to anything that had soul in it. I haven't changed.

When did you start singing/ learning any instruments? What style of music were your first compositions? Was there anyone in particular you originally wanted to emulate?

I've been singing for as long as I can remember and growing up I took piano lessons. I was always very fascinated by writing "hooks" - something that my audience (aka my sister, dad and mum) could remember. I was always inspired by The Beatles and The Supremes.

In doing research, I learned that you took gospel lessons in Japan. Is gospel music big in Japan? What drew you to that genre?

I was actually in a gospel choir class when I was really young. When it comes to Japan, soulful music is very big there. My parents were always playing Motown music growing up so I think I was drawn to the expressive energy that every gospel song has.

When looking at the history of gospel, the religious roots sometimes overshadow it as a form of musical protest. What's your take on music as a form of artistic protest?

I think music is all about self-expression and I think it should be used in any way that makes the person feel authentically themselves.

You've lived all over the world with the opportunity to go to any major music city. What specifically drew you to Los Angeles?

I think Los Angeles is this dreamy place that you are magically drawn to because of the opportunities and the story of what could be.

By now, everyone knows the story of the psychic and how that produced 'The Way I Do'. Life events and music are obvious influences for musicians. Do other mediums of art influence your music at all?

Yes! I think when you are in a creative field it's so important to appreciate anything and everything in the hope that it may inspire you.

Your music has this beautiful dichotomy. Your voice is primal and organic. But, the backing compositions are structured and utilize modern technology. Is this something that is conscious or what just happens to roll out when writing your music? What is your approach when writing new songs?

Thank you so much! The producers behind the music are Mark Jackson and Ian Brendon Scott. The minute we began collaborating, I felt like all of our different influences and backgrounds created what you are describing. When it comes to writing new music, it's all about making the effort to create every day, no matter what. It doesn't mean it will be perfect, but you're getting something out that needs to be released.

When you're stuck on some lyrics or those next chord progressions just aren't coalescing, who are some favorite bands or artists that you turn to like comfort food for some settled inspiration?

Ah! That is the worst feeling but it is nice that you can make it all better by listening to some good music. Alabama Shakes are a huge inspiration for me. "I'm gonna miss you... and your Mickey Mouse tattoo" - I mean, how great is that? They, without a doubt, always inspire me to be real with my lyrics and to never be afraid to experiment with chords because you never know what you can come up with.

Who are some contemporaries of yours / modern day musicians that you admire and look to for a kick in the pants to keep pushing yourself artistically?

Glass Animals. I just listen to one of their songs and my brain fills up with production and lyric inspiration.

You've been steadily releasing new singles, all garnering praise from consumers and critics. Yet, there is no album yet. At your shows, you have a full set of original songs you perform. So, I gotta ask, is there going to be an EP or full-length coming soon for all of us to enjoy?

I promise something is coming soon.

Lastly, what advice would you give anyone looking to pursue the arts as a career?

My biggest piece of advice would be to never settle for less than you deserve. I was always seeking a team whether it was management or producers and there were plenty of people I met along the way who sold me the dream. But I knew it wasn't right. Even in my most desperate of times I chose to step away from a situation regardless of how much I wanted to blindly take the opportunity. It's hard to say no when this is your dream but it's important to step back and see if this is something that truly makes sense for your growth. Also - keep going. Resilience is key!