Rachel Platten performing in a live concert on August 20, 2015
|Birth name||Rachel Ashley Platten|
May 20, 1981 |
New York City, New York, United States
|Origin||Newton Centre, Massachusetts, United States|
I love… different kinds of music. I like classical music and pop music. I like alternative, and I like rap, hip-hop, and I kind of collected all these things that I love, and they infused my sensibilities, and I just wanted to sing because it felt like it needed to come out of me.
When I wrote 'Fight Song,' I was in a particular low point. I needed to remind myself to not give up, that I still believed in myself and that I still had fight left.
I work extremely hard to stay positive and happy. But I get sad and anxious, too, just like everyone.
I have always loved music. My mom used to sing with my sister and I when I was younger, and I was in choirs and loved to perform, but when I was in college, I went on a study abroad to Trinidad, and while I was there, I sang backup at my first concert.
I used to feel it was too late for me; I'd had my shot. You couldn't make a pop star out of me.
No matter what, I still was gonna make music, even if it was on a small scale. Even if it was just for me.
I think what people respond to, and what they're responding to so strongly, is I'm very myself on stage. What you see in person is very much who I am on stage.
If I wake up in the middle of the night and have an idea, I want to go to my computer and be able to do it. So I hired someone at Guitar Center to come over to my house and teach me Logic music program, and I learned it over a couple months.
I used to visit London when I was younger with my family. I feel very close to the city.
It didn't scare me to be vulnerable because I think that's when you get something great.
My biggest fear is that I'm not good enough. I have this voice in my head that I've been battling for years that says, 'You're not really talented enough. You don't really deserve this.'
I love playing sports. I'm overly eager and aggressive and not very skilled, so it leads to many small injuries.
I feel like I have some stuff that matches 'Fight Song,' not in necessarily the message exactly but in the emotion and honesty.
Even if I'm making music for people for $20 a night, at least I'm making music.
In general, I think the world is a good place if you work hard, believe in yourself, have good intentions, and if you are kind to people, I believe that good things happen to you.
I played cover gigs and traveled the country in my mom's old car, and my drummer and I set up a fake email and sent it out to agents. We pretended to be our own agent.
I think I made this decision that I just loved making music, and it didn't matter what level I got to do it on, and 'Fight Song' was this declaration that I'm going to keep going, and I'm going to keep believing in myself, even if it seems like it's impossible.
I've always sung in choirs and acapella groups, but when I was in college, I finally started writing songs and playing with a band, and that ignited a desire to do it full time and pour everything I had into it.
I played piano growing up. I played classical piano since I was 5, and I sang in choirs, and I sang in plays and musicals.
I think you find universal truth when you get really honest with yourself and you can reach people. If you go deep enough, you have that core feeling, and that feeling can transcend the details of your experience.
I wrote 'Fight Song' as this declaration to believe in myself, and that is similar to what you are taught to believe in Girl Scouts. Building confidence. Building character. And above all else, being there for each other as a community.
Food-wise, oh man, I tend to really indulge on vacation because a lot of my friends are incredible chefs. One friend makes an eggplant parmesan that is heavenly and melts in your mouth, and another makes a chocolate pudding that I can't resist.
Wherever I go, people are so kind and so lovely and so warm and show their best self. So I feel very lucky.
'Stand By You' is about sticking by the person you love not only when things are easy, but being there for them during trials and letting them know they aren't alone.
I got a little bit lost in the writing process: like, that moment in the 'Fight Song' music video where I'm throwing the crumpled paper on the bed, that was really true life. I was filling journals with different possibilities of lyrics for the first verse. And none of them felt right.
I had my first concert in front of 80,000 people at the International Soca Monarch Finals.
My mom is a therapist, and my dad has a doctorate in psychology, and growing up, I felt 'very understood.'
I'd faced a lot of rejection from labels and the industry, and it was getting hard to keep believing in myself. But something wouldn't let me – inside – I had this voice that was relentlessly hopeful, and honestly, I just loved performing and writing too much to ever really quit.
Even if the songs are at times painful – 'cause some of the songs are not all roses and balloons; some of them dig into deep things that I've been going through – there's a joy that I think people feel from my music and, hopefully, from my performance because I am so in love with doing what I do.
There's this misconception in the industry that you might have to go a little lighter or skate on the surface in order to reach people – and then in your second album, you get to tell who you are.
Vocally, I have learned to find my strength, and my voice has developed a lot since 'Be Here.' I learned to sing with all of my body.
I love helping friends, and I like to think I am a good listener and supportive. I'm also just kind of nosy, so it would satisfy my need to know other people's stories.
I get really excited about other female acts. I feel inspired when I see another women succeeding in music because it makes me realize that if they can do it, I can do it.
I have a song about being in love. I have a song about being supportive. There's inspiring ones, and there's some that show a little bit more fun and daring. It really is a range of who I am.
I wish I'd gone to music school or just started playing in bands sooner.
Andy Grammer is probably the closest friend I have in the music industry, so touring with him was just incredible. He's such a soulful, kind guy, and he gives great advice. And he also scares me a lot. He does a lot of pranks.
Though I played classical piano since age 5 and sang in a cappella groups, being an artist didn't seem like something I was talented enough to do full time. So I kind of buried that dream.
There are a lot of people who give you the message that maybe you are not good enough, and the best thing you can do for yourself is to block out all of that noise.
It used to break my heart that I didn't get to start in varsity soccer!
When I got on stage, I felt this bolt of electricity hit me, and it was this shock of, 'This is exactly what I'm supposed to do with my life.'
I learned a lot from playing those late-night, 1-to-4 A.M. gigs with my band, and playing when no one was listening.
I want to continue to remain present and grateful each day that I get to be doing what I love. Making and performing music I believe in.
I refuse to dress 'hot' for Halloween, 'cause I always have to have makeup and hair and look cute for my job. So on Halloween, I either go gory or weird or funny.
I have volunteered for Musicians on Call for the past 12 years because of the incredible one-on-one experiences in hospital rooms when no one other than the patient and I would remember the love that was exchanged.
My friends and family have always been extremely supportive, but the support I've received from fans has been so overwhelming. I love hearing all of their 'Fight Song' stories; I have been so inspired by so many of them.
I'm a closet outdoorsy athletic enthusiast, and I would love to do a rafting and hiking trip someday and maybe sleep in a treehouse and bathe in a chilly winding river.
I've been doing this career for a really long time, but there was not a lot of reason, at the time when I wrote 'Fight Song,' to believe that I should keep going.
I was a political science major in college and dreamed of being a diplomat.
I cannot believe that I get a tour bus. I've been traveling in a van for 15 years. I used to look at people who were on buses and be like, 'Whoa, man, some day.'
I love Kelly Clarkson's message, and I've heard comparisons to P!nk.
I used to imagine working as a White House staffer some day, so it was pretty amazing to be there… realizing another dream.
I think, like any artist, those baby songs are not the best things you've ever written, but they count because they're you're first attempts at creating art and expressing yourself.
Music truly heals, and I am so grateful to have learned that through Musicians on Call.
I feel crazy that me sticking with my dreams actually worked. It's wild and incredible.
I'm so grateful that anyone has connected with my songs, let alone millions of people.
I wrote my first song when I was six or seven, a silly little song. But I used to write poems in high school – not songs.
I can beatbox. Well, sort of. I have one beat that I can do, but people get fooled.
Lyrics are very important to me. I like speaking to women and saying what I mean.
I'm one of those people at the airport holding a pillow like a little kid.