“Daybreak” presents a captivating, bustling electro-pop sound complementary of Bishop Battle, who has impressed with tracks like “Fly Away” and “Visceral” in the past year. The Cincinnati-based artist shows a more upfront sound here, one grabs from the beginning with frantic synth and bass and never let’s go. The bridge at 02:10 is gripping, with dark choir vocals and a more ominous melodic shift adding nicely to the atmosphere, fondly reminiscent of Erasure’s best structural shifts. From there, the track finishes in exciting fashion, as whirring synth arps and an emotive vocal performance brings it to close.

Having focused primarily on sports in high school, Bishop Battle did not begin his formal music training until attending Chipola College in Marianna, Florida, where he held a double major in both Vocal Performance and Theatre Performance. Upon transferring to Florida University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida in 2002, Bishop’s initial stay there would be brief, as he also served in the Marine Corps reserves while attending school, and was called upon to deploy to Iraq as a machine gunner. After returning from the war, Bishop would go on to obtain his baccalaureate degree from FAMU, where he also played running back for the FAMU Rattlers.

Upon graduating from FAMU, Bishop spent a year working as an English teacher before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an actor and singer. Bishop joined the Screen Actors Guild and appeared in film and television shows such as “Lions For Lambs,” “Criminal Minds,” and “The Unit.” While in Los Angeles, Bishop also sang professionally for “The Voices of Christmas,” a renowned seasonal a cappella company.

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A one-man band of sorts, Bishop creates modern pop compositions with a dark electronic edge to them; and smooth, dexterous vocals are his calling card.


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