SALT LAKE CITY — Rachel Platten is living her dream, touring the country singing songs that have spread much like her aptly named album “Wildfire.” Local audiences can see Platten perform in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at The Depot.
Platten said it is magical watching the emotional response some audience members display during her hit “Fight Song” as they yell the words back to her “with tears streaming down their faces and fists in the air."
“Being positive or uplifting isn't always the most 'popular' thing to talk or sing about, but both 'Fight Song' and 'Stand By You' have messages of positivity and encouragement,” Platten said in an email to the Deseret News. “No matter how strong we may think we are, we all could use a bit of encouragement from time to time.”
The 34-year-old singer-songwriter said she has been “blown away” by the dedication of her fans, watching as they wait in line for hours for her shows and sing along word for word to songs from her album.
“To be touring around the country on my own, playing to sold-out shows where the audience is singing along to my songs, is the best feeling in the world,” Platten said. “It's a dream come true.”
Platten has spent 10 years working her way into the music industry. She moved to New York right out of college and began performing after finding a band on Craiglist, according to the biography on her website. She said it was the interactions she had with her fans that motivated her to push through the bleaker times, which often meant she would be eating cereal without milk.
“The few listeners that gravitated to and felt something from 'Fight Song' in its early stages definitely helped me keep going, pushing me toward accomplishing my dreams,” Platten said.
She said music has power to bring people together and is a universal gift.
“It is an emotional language that allows us to speak to one another in a way words alone could not do,” Platten said.
Since she was young, Platten has been drawn to music, she said, learning to appreciate a variety of genres, from the Beatles to Tori Amos to A Tribe Called Quest, according to her bio.
“When I was little, one of my favorite things to do was to sit and listen to my mom play 'Moonlight Sonata' on the piano,” Platten said.
Since she felt like music was her calling, she worked hard, learning to believe in herself along the way, she said. This is an ideal she hopes to instill in others who are pursuing their own dreams.
“Everything you dream of is right around the corner,” Platten said. “Believe in yourself and someday the world will too.”
If you go ...
What: Rachel Platten concert
When: March 26, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Depot, 400 W. South Temple
How much: $21-$23 in advance, $24-$26 the day of the show