Rachel Platten

Growing up in Boston, Rachel remembers harmonizing with her family to finely crafted pop songs - from Sam Cooke to The Beatles - that dominated her parents’ vinyl collection. As a teenager, Rachel gravitated towards, and began to become affected by, hip-hop and female singer-songwriters. “My CD collection was Tori Amos and Patti Griffin but then A Tribe Called Quest and Nas.” The commonality between the two seemingly different genres: confessional and vulnerable songwriting.

As a kid, Rachel dreamt about music as a career but never really thought it could happen in real life. “I grew up playing classical piano and I knew I could sing but I had no model to follow creatively. The idea of growing up to be an artist seemed impossible.” However, the electricity she felt on stage a decade earlier inspired Rachel to start chasing what she once thought was an impossible dream.

Ask Rachel what she wants people to take away from her music and she says, “I’m in love with the idea of connecting people. Bringing people together is to me, the most important thing we can do in this life. I feel like that’s my mission with my music. I think that’s why I’m getting this chance right now.”

Hometown: Newton, MA



Acclaimed singer/songwriter Rachel Platten's wildly anticipated new album is Wildfire. The album includes the triple platinum single, "Fight Song", that dominated U.S. radio charts throughout 2015, and the new hit single, "Stand By You", co-written by Rachel along with Bleacher’s Jack Antonoff, Joy Williams and Matt Morris.