Rachel Ashley Platten
May 20, 1981
|Alma mater||Trinity College (BA)|
Rachel Ashley Platten (born May 20, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and author. After releasing two albums independently in 2003 and 2011, she signed with Columbia Records in 2015 and released her debut single, "Fight Song" which peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, topped charts in the United Kingdom and made the top ten of multiple charts worldwide. Platten won a Daytime Emmy Award for a live performance of the song on Good Morning America. Her major-label debut studio album, Wildfire (2016) was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and featured the follow-up singles "Stand by You" and "Better Place". Her second major-label album, Waves (2017) peaked at number 73 in the United States of America.
Platten was born in New York City to Paul and Pamela Platten and grew up in Newton Centre, Massachusetts and attended the Mason-Rice Elementary School. She was raised Jewish. She has a younger sister, Melanie. Platten studied classical piano from the age of 5 and then took up guitar in high school. She attended Buckingham Browne and Nichols high school where she sang in the school's singing group. At Trinity College she was a member of the Trinity College Trinitones, the college's first all-female a cappella group.
As a part of a study abroad program, she went to Trinidad for an internship at a diplomat's office and at a record label. While she was there, she sang backup for a friend's band in front of over 80,000 people at the International Soca Monarch finals in 2002. According to Platten beginning in that moment she knew she had to pursue music full-time.
Platten graduated from Trinity College with a degree in political science in 2003. She moved to New York City's Greenwich Village performing in a Prince and Sly and the Family Stone cover band called Dayz of Wild. She performed her solo music around the Village and eventually began touring the country.
She has worked with numerous charities: Musicians on Call (where she sang bedside to hospital patients) for 11 years, Music Unites, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, and Live Below the Line, a call to end world poverty.
2011–2014: Be Here
Her first album, Be Here was released from Rock Ridge Music in 2011; due to the 2003 album Trust in Me is not on the album. Her 2011 single "1,000 Ships" peaked at number 24 on the US Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, also playing at various radio stations. An earlier song, "Seven Weeks", was used for the film The Good Guy. The theme song for ABC Family's Jane by Design, "Work of Art" was performed by Platten on hire. Her song "Begin Again" was used in the hit ABC Family TV show Pretty Little Liars 100th episode "Miss Me x 100". Her song "Don't Care What Time It Is" was used in VH1's Basketball Wives. Her song "You're Safe" was used in MTV's Finding Carter in September 2014. On June 27, 2014, Platten debuted "Fight Song" on the music social network We Heart It as part of an artist spotlight.
On February 19, 2015, Platten released "Fight Song" from Wildfire. The song has been used in various media and it was the official anthem for the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. It reached number six on the US Billboard Hot 100, number two on the Australian Singles Chart, number six in Ireland, number eight in New Zealand, number nine on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 and number one on the UK Singles Chart. It has quintuple platinum sales in the US. Platten's 2015 Fight Song EP reached number 20 on the Billboard 200.
Platten served as a support act on Alex & Sierra's and Andy Grammer's "The Good Guys & A Girl Tour" in early 2015. She then toured with Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri on their "Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour" throughout the summer of 2015.
On September 11, 2015, Platten released second single named "Stand by You" from Wildfire. It has peaked in the top ten on charts in Canada and the United States, and has peaked in the top twenty on charts in Australia and Poland. The song has since been certified Platinum in the United States.
After the Orlando nightclub shooting, Platten announced that proceeds from the new acoustic version of her "Fight Song" will benefit the National Compassion Fund, working to support the needs of people impacted by the event.
On New Year's Eve 2016, Platten co-headlined the Times Square Ball festivities in New York City's Times Square alongside Gavin DeGraw performing "Fight Song", "Stand by You", "Beating Me Up", and John Lennon's "Imagine".
In 2018, Platten was the main musical act at the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. Along with performing her singles "Stand By You", "Better Place", and "Fight Song", she also reminisced about her childhood in Boston.
On July 31, 2010, Platten married Kevin Lazan in a Jewish ceremony. In July 2018, Platten announced that they were expecting their first child, a girl. Platten gave birth to their daughter Violet Skye Lazan on January 26, 2019.
|2015||The Ellen DeGeneres Show||Herself / Musical Guest||"Sofia Vergara/Rachel Platten/Stephen 'tWitch' Boss"|
|2015||The X Factor||Herself / Performer||Episode: "Live Decider 6" (Season 7)|
|2016||2016 MLB All-Star Game||Herself||National Anthem performer|
|2016||Stuck in the Middle||Herself||Episode: "Stuck in the Harley Car"|
|2016–2017||The Talk||Herself / Guest Co-Hostess / Musical Guest||Episodes: "Guest Co-Hostess Rachel Platten/ Denis Leary/ Amy Emmerich"
and "Gillian Anderson/ Rachel Platten/ Big Boy"
|2017||Miss Universe 2017||Herself / Performer||TV Special|
|2017||Lip Sync Battle||Herself||Episode: "Uzo Aduba vs. Danielle Brooks"|
|2017||Megyn Kelly Today||Herself / Musical Guest||Episode: "Episode #1.25"|
|2018||Full Frontal with Samantha Bee||Herself / Musical Guest||Episode: January 10, 2018|
|2018||American Idol||Herself||"Top 24 Celebrity Duets" (Season 16, Episode 12)|
Awards and nominations
|2015||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music: Breakout Artist||Herself||Nominated|||
|Choice Summer Song||"Fight Song"|
|2016||iHeartRadio Music Awards||Best Lyrics||"Fight Song"||Won|||
|Radio Disney Music Awards||Breakout Artist Of The Year||Herself||Nominated|||
|Billboard Music Awards||Top Selling Song||"Fight Song"||Nominated|||
|Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Musical Performance in a Talk Show/Morning Program||Good Morning America||Won|||
|American Music Awards||Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist||Herself||Nominated|||
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- "The Good Guy (2009) : Cast". Archived from the original on August 9, 2009. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
- "Jane by Design (2012– )". IMDb.com. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
- "Pretty Little Liars (TV Series) : Miss Me x100 (2014) : Soundtracks". IMDb.com. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
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- "RACHEL PLATTEN". Official Charts. Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
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- Gonzalez, John (July 15, 2015). "Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri 'Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too' tour about having fun, not making a statement". Mlive.com. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
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- "Soul2Soul: The World Tour Tour Dates". Retrieved July 17, 2017.
- "Rachel Platten Debuts New Single 'Broken Glass'". Archived from the original on October 26, 2017. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
- "Rachel Platten confirms title, release date for new album". Hamada Mania Music Blog. October 4, 2017. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
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- "Rachel Platten to Kevin Lazan". Southernweddings.com. December 8, 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- "Rachel Platten Is Pregnant! Singer Feels 'Total Bliss' and 'Fear' About Expecting First Child". People. July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
- Juneau, Jen (January 30, 2019). "Rachel Platten Is a Mom! Singer Welcomes Daughter Violet Skye: 'Busy Falling Deeply in Love'". People. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- "2015 Teen Choice Award Winners – Full List". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. August 16, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
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- "Music Awards 2016". Radio Disney. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
- "Awards Finalists 2016: Billboard Music Awards Nominations". Billboard. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
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