It has been a long, hard road filled with a number of obstacles that would have thwarted a less determined artist’s career several times over. But Rachel Platten is not your typical artist, she’s still got a lot of fight left in her. And that resolute inner spark is directly responsible for her success. After more than a decade of giving it her all, the independent artist is finally realizing some major career victories. The most recent is the long-awaited release of the video for Platten’s “Fight Song,” which premiered on Tuesday, May 19.
Other 2015 triumphs include, the May 11 release of her Columbia Records Fight Song EP, an announcement of an extensive summer tour with Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri (“The Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour”), and just last week, Rachel made her inspiring network television debut on “ABC’s Good Morning America” where she transformed all of Times Square into a rousing beacon of hope for everyone who is fighting for something in life.
Her uplifting performance was fortified by the emotional fire that was lit by countless fans holding up #MyFightSong signs that proclaimed exactly what life-challenge they are determined to overcome. “I Fight for equality.” “We fight for more cures.” “I fight for education.” “We fight for each other.” “I fight for love.” We fight for survivors.” “I fight for freedom.” The messages were everywhere, carried by children, hung on walls, emblazoned across digital billboards. The roar of the crowd almost drowned out the radiant singer’s charged performance in a television moment that rivaled the climax of a blockbuster motion picture. Rachel Platten’s music has a very real power that is making a difference in people’s lives because she connects with her fans at their core where that aforementioned spark of inner drive lives, refusing to ever go out.
In her recent interview with People magazine, Rachel stated, “‘Fight Song’ tells the story of my struggle with self doubt, yet it’s also a declaration to not give up on myself no matter what. I wanted my video to show both sides of that -- my fear and pain -- but I also hoped to show that sometimes to overcome battles we just have to let go.”
Rachel might only have “one match,” but she is definitely making an explosion. Her rousing video has already surpassed 60,000 views. It opens with a weary Platten who just can’t seem to catch a break, but instead of giving up, she forges ever onward until she finds her stride. The dramatic turning point arrives about one minute in as the artist bites down on her determination and resolves that she is the one who must bring about the change she needs. This song is destined to become a timeless anthem that will undoubtedly go on to be used to enhance the positivity of everything from live events to television and film.
Rachel Platten is the victorious underdog her song so aptly depicts. With little more than the belief in herself and her talent, the passionate writer/performer has proven you can make your life exactly what you want it to be. From her early days of being a DIY artist, to her newly realized major label deal and concerts where she’s shared the stage with everyone from Regina Spektor and Gavin DeGraw to Lady Gaga and The Fray, Platten is forging a heroic path that is helping others understand that they have a chance, the fight is never over as long as you have hope and drive.
Rachel’s Fight Song EP (Columbia Records) is currently available via iTunes. This summer she will be on tour with Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri. For more information, visit her website, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter.
Current list of Rachel’s tour dates:
July 10 – Uncasville, Utah – Mohegan Sun Arena
July 12 – Pittsburgh, Pa. – Stage AE
July 14 – New York, N.Y. – JBL Live at Pier 97
July 15 – Bethlehem, Pa. – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
July 16 – Patchogue, N.Y. – Shorefront Park
July 18 – Windsor, Ontario – The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor - Showtime Lounge
July 19 – Grand Rapids, Mich – Meijer Gardens Amphitheatre
July 21 – Salina, Kan. – Steifel Theatre for Performing Arts
July 22 – Sioux City, Iowa – Battery Park at Hard Rock Sioux City
July 24 – New Buffalo, Mich. – Four Winds Casino Resort
July 25 – Wabash, Ind. – Honeywell Center
July 26 – Sylvania, Ohio – Centennial Terrace
July 29 – Lewiston, N.Y. – Artpark Amphitheatre
August 1 – Binghamton, N.Y. – Spiediefest & Balloon Rally Fest
August 4 – Selbyville, Del. – Freeman Stage at Bayside
August 5 – Cary, N.C. – Koka Booth Amphitheatre
August 14 – New Orleans, La. – Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
August 15 – San Antonio, Texas – Majestic Theatre
August 16 – Austin, Texas – ACL Live at the Moody Theater
August 18 – Phoenix, Ariz. – Comerica Theatre
August 20 – Los Angeles, Calif. – The Greek Theatre
August 23 – Rohnert Park, Calif. – Sonoma State University - Green Music Center
August 25 – Saratoga, Calif. – The Mountain Winery
August 26 – Livermore, California – Wente Vineyards
August 28 – Sandy, Utah – Sandy City Amphitheatre