Girl Power: Why Rachel Platten is more than just a chart topper

Photo courtesy of flickr user Justin Higuchi Rachel Platten has topped the charts at number five with her album "Wildfire," released this year.

Photo courtesy of flickr user Justin Higuchi
Rachel Platten has topped the charts at number five with her album “Wildfire,” released this year.

Laura Fox, Editor-in-Chief

There are plenty of songs on the radio these days many listeners can’t help but sing along to.

“PILLOWTALK” by Zayn Malik and “Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE are songs that are both easy to memorize and sing along with.

Although easy to memorize, it’s not everyday the top songs are anthems that are motivating and powerful, but when “Fight Song” hit the charts, it immediately became the anthem of the year.

The song became well known, but the artist wasn’t new. Rachel Platten, a Massachusetts native, moved to New York City after finishing her college degree in international relations. Platten’s main goal was to find a band and start performing in front of audiences.

Platten was used to a small crowd at first, but after writing songs for two years, she finally hit her big break in the spring of 2015 with “Fight Song.”

Singing “this is my fight song, take back my life song, prove I’m alright song,” the 34-year-old singer was inspired to write the hit while going through tough times in her life.

“When I wrote ‘Fight Song,’ I was in a particular low point. I needed to remind myself to not give up, that I still believed in myself and that I still had fight left,” Platten said, according to ABC News. “I didn’t intend  to write [‘Fight Song’], you know, for the world to hear to be honest. I wrote it ’cause I needed it. And I wrote it ’cause I needed that reminder that I needed hope.”

Platten writing what she needed for herself turned out to be exactly what her audience needed too. The song quickly topped the charts at number six, and within 72 hours of “Fight Song” hitting the radio, she was signing a deal with Columbia Records.

From 2003 to 2014, Platten released two studio albums, “Trust in Me” and “Be Here.” After signing with Columbia, her third album, “Wildfire” was released on Jan. 1, 2016. The album features 15 total tracks, including “Fight Song.” Each track is powerful and will have the audience singing along.

The last two tracks feature acoustic versions of Platten’s two songs titled, “Stand By You” and “Speechless,” and the listener can’t help but be blown away by her intense vocals.

Platten’s voice is distinct and powerful, and was obviously underestimated until “Fight Song” hit the radio. What seems to be even more powerful than her voice is her message.

“It does instantly make you feel like you own it. It’s really amazing to see, especially live, people dancing wildly and jumping up and down,” Platten said, according to the Columbus Dispatch. “There’s people crying and hugging each other. It’s very beautiful.”

People everywhere have been inspired by Platten’s encouraging song, proving it has become much more than just another radio hit.

It’s something listeners can relate to and feel inspired by.

“I am so grateful for all of it. It really blows my mind,” Platten said, according to ABC News. “My life has changed so drastically this year. And every, every single dream that I ever imagined has come true.”

Laura Fox is a senior double majoring in journalism and public relations/advertising, with a minor in social media. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Flyer. She has her own fashion blog, The Fashionable Fox, and is also Corey Crawford’s biggest fan. She dreams of someday working in community relations for the NHL.

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