May 20, 1981 (42)
Rachel Platten is an American singer and songwriter, best recognized for her uplifting pop anthems, such as the chart-topping hit, “Fight Song.”
Born in New York and raised in Massachusetts, Platten’s journey into music began early, though it was not until her fourth album, “Wildfire,” released in 2016, that she became a household name. This album featured “Fight Song,” a number that quickly became a rallying cry for resilience worldwide. It not only topped multiple music charts but was also certified triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Another key milestone in Platten’s career was the release of her fifth studio album, “Waves,” in 2017. It showcased her ability to blend heartfelt lyrics with catchy pop melodies, further cementing her place in the music industry.
Platten’s influence extends beyond her solo work, as evidenced by her numerous collaborations with esteemed artists across various genres. For instance, she performed with Taylor Swift during The 1989 World Tour, where they sang “Fight Song” together. Platten also shared the stage with Maroon 5 during their M5OnTheRoad tour, displaying her versatility as a performer. She was featured on the Pentatonix Christmas Special alongside other music stars, including Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson. Beyond music, Platten’s partnerships have included a memorable appearance on “Jane the Virgin” with Gina Rodriguez, and she even provided the voice for Jewel in “Rio 2,” a popular animated film.
Platten’s exceptional work in music has not gone unnoticed, as she has received numerous awards and honors. In 2015, she was awarded the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Talk Show/Morning Program for her rendition of “Fight Song” on “Good Morning America.” Moreover, her inspiring anthem also earned her an iHeartRadio Music Award for Best Lyrics in 2016. Platten’s talent as a songwriter was acknowledged when she won the award for Best Breakthrough Artist at the 2016 Billboard Women in Music event.
In addition to her accomplishments in the music world, Rachel Platten has also been an avid supporter of animal welfare. She has been associated with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and has actively advocated for better treatment of animals. In 2016, Platten participated in a campaign with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, a non-profit organization committed to saving abused and neglected animals. Additionally, her love for animals extends to her personal life, as she is known to be a doting pet parent to her rescue dog, Dino.