Rachael Platten Biography
Rachael Platten(Rachel Ashley Platten) is an American singer and songwriter. After releasing two albums independently in 2003 and 2011, she signed with Columbia Records in 2015 and released her debut single, “Fight Song”, about depression which peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, topped charts in the United Kingdom and peaked within 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.
Rachael Platten Age
Born: 20 May 1981 (age 38 years), New York, New York, United States and grew up in Newton Centre, Massachusetts.
Rachael Platten Family
Paul Platten and Pamela Platten are Rachael’s parents. She has a sister named Melanie.
Rachael Platten Education
She attended the Mason-Rice Elementary School. She was raised Jewish. 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.
Platten graduated from Trinity College with a degree in international relations in 2003.
Rachael Platten Early Life
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.
She then moved to New York City’s Greenwich Village performing in a Prince and Sly and the Family Stone cover band called Dayz of Wild. Rachael 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. Platten also works with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and was an ambassador for Live Below the Line, a call to end world poverty.
Rachael Platten Spouse
On July 31, 2010, Platten married Kevin Lazan in a Jewish ceremony.
Rachael Platten Kid
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.
Rachael Platten Religion
She is of Jewish denomination.
Rachael Platten Career
2003–2014: Trust in Me and Be Here
Platten released her debut studio album Trust in Me in 2003, which she has called “a collection of demos”. Her second album, Be Here, was released from Rock Ridge Music in 2011.
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.
Platten’s 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.
In the spring of 2015, Platten released “Fight Song” from Wildfire. The song has been used in various media, as well as serving 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 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. 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 the 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 massacre, 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.
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.
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”.
In 2017, Platten served as an opening act for two Los Angeles shows and one Las Vegas show on Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s Soul2Soul: The World Tour.
“Broken Glass”, the lead single from her fourth studio album, Waves, was released on August 18, 2017. The album was released on October 27, 2017.
In 2018, Platten was the main musical attraction at the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. Along with performing her singles “Stand By You”, “Better Place”, and “Fight Song”, she also reminisced of her childhood in Boston.
Platten is set to tour with the musical band Pentatonix as the opening act across North America May-July 2019.
Rachael Platten Discography | Songs
Here are some of her musical work;
- Trust in Me (2003)
- Be Here (2011)
- Wildfire (2016)
- Waves (2017)
Rachael Platten Filmography
- 2015 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
- 2015 The X Factor
- 2016 2016 MLB All-Star Game
- In 2016 Stuck in the Middle
- 2016–2017 The Talk
- 2017 Miss Universe 2017
- In 2017 Lip Sync Battle
- 2017 Megyn Kelly Today
- 2018 Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
- 2018 American Idol
Rachael Platten Awards & Nominations
2015 Teen Choice Awards _ Choice Music: Breakout Artist
_ Choice Summer Song “Fight Song”
2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards _ Best Lyrics
Radio Disney Music Awards _ Breakout Artist Of The Year
Billboard Music Awards _ Top Selling Song
Daytime Emmy Awards _ Outstanding Musical Performance in a Talk Show/Morning Program
American Music Awards _ Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist
Rachael Platten’s Net Worth
She has a net worth of $4 million.
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