Rachel Platten is a New York City based musician who blends catchy piano hooks with a "light that seems to radiate"(NYC ARTISTS SCENE) from her unmistakably soulful, and uplifting voice. Though her lyrics explore serious themes, they are able to pull off the trick that all great pop music embodies: They do heavy philosophical lifting with a lightness that boosts the spirit. This is elegantly crafted, deeply melodic, intelligent songwriting that resounds with echoes of the Beatles and Carole King, Alanis Morissette and Regina Spektor. Her music is infectious, raw, and powerful and she's already got everyone from the Boston Globe to the New York Post singing her praises. Selling out clubs along her rigorous tour schedule, Rachel infuses a unique love and passion into each and every one of her performances. Growing up in Boston, Rachel never thought she was going to be an artist. Even though she was classically trained on the piano since the age of 5, the bliss of playing and singing didn't kick in until college while she was studying abroad in Trinidad. She was interning for a local record label when some of her co-workers encouraged her to start writing songs of her own. Taking their advice, she ended up becoming a background singer in a Soca band, with her first performance being in front of 100,000+ fans at Trinidad's annual Soca Monarch Finals. She was instantly hooked, and felt that she'd found her true calling in songwriting and performing. Naming influences such as Toots & The Maytals (who she was asked to tour with in 2006), Elton John, Carole King, Billy Joel, Lauryn Hill, The Beach Boys, she attempts to do what she feels these artists do so beautifully - infuse often weighty, serious subject matter with light and melodic intelligence that lifts you up and is instantly catchy. She uses this as her guide in what she aspires to do with her music: bring light and love to the world, completely enrapture her concert goers in a moment, and to alleviate their worries if only for the night and to just spread the love that she so clearly exudes.
Some recent press:
“Singer-songwriter [Rachel P] craftly blends sweet delicateness with pluck.” NY Post
"From time to time, I am fortunate to see a live show that truly captivates me. Rachel P played to a packed house at Le Poisson Rouge, in New York’s Greenwich Village. A native of Boston, she first stunned New York audiences with some impromptu beat-boxing and singing alongside Toots, during a Toots and the Maytals concert at Irving Plaza...(she was an audience member, and yes, it was unplanned and cool, as I was there to bear witness)." TheIceCreamMan.com
"There aren’t enough adjectives to describe Rachel Platten’s musical abilities. Seriously. She’s an incredibly talented songwriter with a voice to match it. Her heartfelt lyrics are both relative and relevant and encapsulate that good feeling that’s felt when you are truly allowed to just be yourself. " -Amped Sounds
"Rachel is no less than a force to be reckoned with when put on stage (barefoot or not) behind her keys. Her gorgeous smile is as big as her voice, and her joy and spirit seemed to fly out over the crowd at the Blender, leaving everyone asking, “Who is this girl?.... She is expansive on stage…there is no other way to put it. Her sound — the entire band’s sound — was enormous — not intimidated by the challenge of filling up a huge theatre but rather encouraged by it." - BUZZINE
"Songs saturated with happiness and hope and a voice that resonates deep into your core ensure this singer-songwriter is destined for an explosive career. In the current state of our country and the difficult times people are enduring, Rachel’s music provides the ultimate remedy to cure the darkest moments: an infectious smile, a giving heart, a radiant soul, and a whole lot of love." NYC ARTIST SCENE BLOG
“She is breathtaking & brilliant.” Boston Globe
"Rachel P crafts songs with beautiful, memorable melodies and intelligent, moving lyrics. Then she delivers them with her compelling and powerful voice. She is an accomplished guitarist and pianist with enough stage presence to make you forget that anyone else is in the room. [She] is one of those remarkable and all-too-rare artists who remind me why I love my work." Bob Leone, Songwriters Hall of Fame.
"...be sure to remember [Rachel P]'s name because she stole the show and was the highlight of the night. Her voice is just as big as her personality. Her musicality and versatility as a performer make her one to watch. She was on fire..." STARPOLISH
"...a modern-day Jackson 5 vibe that's uplifting, upbeat, fun, and happy....channeling influences like The Beatles and Motown, Rachel exudes energy, light, and soul in every performance. Due to its multifarious appeal, her music fashions a scene of it's own; one that charms the intimate acoustic environment and captures eclectic audiences at larger venues like the Highline Ballroom. Independently selling over 5,000 copies of her first record made four years ago, Rachel is currently focused on the follow up album, as well as giving back to the community who have so graciously shown support." NYCARTISTSSCENE
Stuff that would make her mama proud:
* Rachel's song 'Seven Weeks will be heard in upcoming feature THE GOOD GUY, starring Alexis Bledel of Gilmore Girls
* Rachel's song 'She Might Be' was MP3 of the day on VH1's Best Week Ever Blog
* Rachel has performed over 1000 shows in concert halls, festivals, and clubs alike from New York to Hong Kong to the Caribbean alongside artists such as Rusted Root, Toots & the Maytals The Strokes, Susan Tedeschi & The Toots & The Maytals * Collaborated with DJ Logic (of Medeski, Martin & Project Logic) on a recent release
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