Emerging artist: Rachel Platten 'fights' to break through

Singer-songwriter Rachel Platten is gaining new fans with two songs with very aggressive titles: “Fight Song” and “Beating Me Up.” Neither is about actual violence – the former describes battling through tough times, while the latter describes the feeling of beating beaten down by a broken heart.

Platten has been performing for a number of years but was still playing to small crowds until recently, when “Fight Song” started picking up airplay on adult contemporary stations. The track reached a new peak position of No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week and No. 11 on the Adult Pop Songs chart, thanks to its forceful hook and optimistic message.

She sings, “This is my fight song / Take back my life song / Prove I'm alright song / My power's turned on / Starting right now I'll be strong / I'll play my fight song / And I don't really care if nobody else believes / Cause I've still got a lot of fight left in me.”

Platten tells AXS that “Fight Song” has become an anthem of sorts when she plays live. “It’s a really exciting song to play live because people actually cheer in the middle of it,” she said. “Even the people who have never heard it before, they just get so excited and cheer after the first time I sing, ‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.’”

“Fight Song” has been compared by some to Katy Perry's “Roar” and Sara Bareilles' “Brave,” among others. Platten tells Billboard she's honored to be in their company. “I think I’m halfway in between, like, yeah, I’m deserving of those comparisons because of how hard I’ve worked and because of how authentic this message is, but I’m also in shock that three months ago, I was about to play a house concert to like 30 people and I didn’t think I really had a chance in the industry. I’m working on feeling like, “Yeah, that’s true, man! Thanks!”

“Beating Me Up” and “Fight Song” both appear on Platten's Fight Song EP, which hit retailers last week and features those tracks plus “Lone Ranger” and “Congratulations.” Platten is signed to Columbia, so expect a full-length record and strong promotional push in the future.

For now, Platten is performing on shows like “Good Morning America,” and in July she'll be joining Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri on the 'Girls Night Out, But Boys Can Come Too' Tour, a lengthy nationwide trek through the end of August.