Rachel Platten:

53 Steps Tour 2012 Feat. Madi Diaz

Singer / Songwriter

Interview with Rachel Platten

 

Rachel Platten is by no means your average headliner-in-the-making. Her Rock Ridge Music debut, “Be Here”, is a bewitching collection of 10 wise-beyond-their-years piano-driven pop songs that echo elements of Alanis Morissette, Carole King, Tori Amos and Regina Spektor, while retaining a singular sense of self that is rarely found in such a young performer.

This head-turning debut is the culmination of Platten’s lifelong passion for music. She started piano lessons when she was only four and spent her childhood soaking up a stunning spectrum of influences; everything from the Beatles to Billy Joel, Motown to Madonna and Tapestry to Graceland. When Lauryn Hill, and later the Roots, were added into the rotation, Platten discovered beatboxing. In college, Platten began taking her first steps into the world of songwriting. She went abroad in 2005 to the Caribbean isle of Trinidad, where she landed an internship at a local record label. One of the soul- and calypso-fusing soca bands she was working with scored a hit during carnival season and Platten was recruited to sing backup on a whirlwind tour through the islands. It was her first taste of performing for huge crowds, and the experience lit a fire inside her.

When she returned to the States, Platten enrolled in a songwriting course at the Berklee College of Music before heading to New York City in the fall of 2006. Over the next four years, she wrote the songs that make up Be Here, put together a band and toured at every opportunity, scoring opening slots for The Strokes, Ziggy Marley, Regina Spektor, Tracy Bonham and Rusted Root. Her dynamic live shows earned raves from the Boston Globe, who called her “breathtaking and brilliant,” and the New York Post, who declared that she ” blend[ed] sweet delicateness with pluck.”

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“She is breathtaking & brilliant.” Boston Globe

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