9 Surprising Facts About "Fight Song" Singer Rachel Platten
Rachel Platten is a singer-songwriter currently on tour with Andy Grammer and Alex & Sierra, and best known for her hit single "Fight Song." We spoke with Rachel to find out all about her song and the tour, and to ask Rachel a few questions about herself! Btw, you can click here an in-depth interview on what "Fight Song" is all about!
What was the inspiration behind "Fight Song" and what was it like when the song was featured on Pretty Little Liars?
I wrote "Fight Song" when I was at a crossroad in my life: on the outside there was a lot of hard stuff going on and a lot of reasons to give up on myself… but through writing the song, I made the decision to not listen to that small mean voice that was telling me I wasn't good enough. I decided to keep believing in myself no matter what. Hearing it on Pretty Little Liars was really exciting. I'm a fan of the show after watching only a couple episodes and I love how Alison's character really embodied the words that I wrote. I got so many tweets asking if I wrote the song specifically for her – which was so funny because I understand how it can seem that way, but really it was just for me I needed the song.
What has it been like so far to join Andy Grammer and Alex & Sierra on tour?
It's been amazing!! They're all such talented artists, and more importantly kind people. Every tour we go on, my drummer and I look at each other and ask, wow, how did we get so lucky to be on the road with such nice people?? But this one especially. The guys in Paradise Fears are also really sweet and talented and good dressing room sharers.
What can we expect from you next?
I feel like even though I've been doing this for so long…my career is really just starting in many ways. "Fight Song" feels like the song that I always needed to write, and it's so exciting that the rest of the world is starting to hear it. So you can expect a lot more touring, a lot of new music, and a lot of huge goofy smiles from stage because I really can't hide how excited I am.
Anything to add?
I appreciate every single comment and message I've been getting about "Fight Song" and I'm so grateful that the song seems to be having such a positive impact. I believe we are strengthened by sharing our stories, even if they are hard to tell. If anyone feels moved to post about how fight song has empowered them or helped them overcome something, please join my campaign #MyFightSong and maybe I can meet you and be inspired back in return.
WATCH: Rachel Platten Sings "Fight Song" While Doing A Handstand!
1. What makeup product could you not live without?
Laura Mercier's oil free tinted moisturizer – it's the only thing I put on every day no matter what, because it has SPF in it and balances my skin tone.
2. What's your go-to accessory?
My black hat (which covers bad hair days and makes me look like I'm more stylish than I am 🙂
3. What's your weirdest habit?
I do handstands everywhere, I lose everything and I steal – all the sharpies from my merch table.
4. What's your astrological sign and what does it say about you?
I'm a Taurus: I think Tauruses are supposed to be stubborn (which I begrudgingly admit), determined (which I'm a huge foodie and love creating comfortable spaces and beautiful things)
5. Describe your favorite pair of shoes
Black motorcycle boots
6. Do you have any strange phobias?
Scary movies and ghost stories!!! I even have to close my eyes if a preview of a horror movie comes on. Giant wimp.
7. What's your favorite guilty pleasure movie?
8. If you could have any meal right this second, what would it be?
A huge delicious kale salad with organic veggies piled sky high and trilogy kombucha – totally attainable, I realize.
9. Which female icon is your biggest inspiration?
Malala – the Nobel Prize winner. I read her book and was so inspired by her strength and fight.
Check out the lyric video to Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" below, and click here for another exclusive interview with Rachel on the secret meaning of "Fight Song"! PLUS, click here to take our quiz and find out how much you REALLY know about Rachel!