Rachel Platten

Rachel Platten

Rachel Ashley Platten[1] (born May 20, 1981) is an American singer and songwriter. She released three independent albums between 2003 and 2014, before signing with Columbia Records in early 2015.

She rose to fame in 2015 with the release of the single "Fight Song", which peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100, topped the UK Singles Chart and reached the top 10 of multiple charts worldwide. Platten won an Emmy Award for the live performance of the song on Good Morning America. Her major-label debut album, Wildfire, released in 2016, was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and featured the hits "Stand by You" and "Better Place."

Early life[edit]

Platten was born on May 20, 1981, in New York City to a mother of Irish ancestry, but grew up in Newton Centre, Massachusetts and attended the Mason-Rice Elementary School.[2] She was raised Jewish.[3][4] 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 to do 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, from that moment on she knew she had to pursue music full-time.[5]Platten graduated from Trinity College with a degree in international relations in 2003. She then moved to New York City's Greenwich Village where she cut her teeth playing with Prince and Sly and the Family Stone cover band called Dayz of Wild. In 2012, she married Kevin Lazan.[6] 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 sings bedside to hospital patients) for 11 years and she is an ambassador for Music Unites. She also works with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and was an ambassador for Live Below the Line (a call to end world poverty).


2003–14: Trust in Me and Be Here[edit]

Platten performing at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ

Platten released her debut studio album Trust in Me in 2003, which she has called "a collection of demos".[7] Her second album, Be Here, was released from Rock Ridge Music in 2011.[8] Her 2011 single "1,000 Ships" peaked at number 24 on the US Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, also playing at various radio stations.[9] An earlier song, "Seven Weeks", was used for the film The Good Guy.[10] The theme song for ABC Family's Jane by Design, "Work of Art" was performed by Platten on hire.[11] Also, her song "Begin Again" was used in the hit ABC Family TV show Pretty Little Liars 100th episode "Miss Me x 100".[12] 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.[13]

2015–present: Wildfire and upcoming fourth studio album[edit]

In the spring of 2015, Platten released "Fight Song" from Wildfire. The song was used in the Christmas episode of Pretty Little Liars'fifth season[14] and in promos for the fourth season of Revenge on the Seven Network in Australia.[15] In May 2015, the song was featured in the trailer[16] for the then-upcoming CBS Television series Supergirl. It was the official anthem of the presidential campaign of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

"Fight Song" 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.[17] It has double 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 and Andy Grammer's "The Good Guys & A Girl Tour" in early 2015.[18] She then toured with Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri on their "Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour" throughout the summer of 2015.[19]

On September 11, 2015, Platten released second single named "Stand by You"[20] from Wildfire, by Sony Music Entertainment.

Platten announced on the Today Show 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 Orlando nightclub massacre.[21]

In October 2016, Platten sang The Star Spangled Banner prior to Game 1 of the 2016 World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs.[22]

On New Year's Eve 2016, Platten co-headlined the Times Square Ball festivities in New York City's Times Square alongside Gavin DeGraw, where she performed "Fight Song", "Stand by You", "Beating Me Up", and John Lennon's "Imagine".[23]

Personal life[edit]

In 2012, Platten married Kevin Lazan in a Jewish ceremony. [24]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
Trust in Me
  • Released: 2003
  • Format: CD
Be Here
  • Released: January 1, 2016
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: Digital download, CD
5 12 6 84 37 29 85 35
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
Fight Song
  • Released: May 12, 2015
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: Digital download, CD


Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"1,000 Ships" 2011 Be Here
"Fight Song" 2015 6 2 13 5 76 6 8 56 38 1 Wildfire
"Stand by You" 37 14 42
"Better Place"[43] 2016
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Breakout Artist Herself Nominated [44]
Choice Summer Song "Fight Song"
2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Lyrics "Fight Song" Won [45]
Radio Disney Music Awards Breakout Artist Of The Year Herself Nominated [46]
Billboard Music Awards Top Selling Song "Fight Song" Nominated [47]
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Musical Performance in a Talk Show/Morning Program Good Morning America Won [48]
American Music Awards Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist Herself Nominated [49]


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