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Rachel Platten

  • Rachel Platten is a New York City singer-songwriter, pianist and beatboxer
  • She has collaborated with top-tier production teams, including Fredrik Thomander (Nsync, Lady Gaga), Jerry Abbott and Grant Black (Robbie Williams, Craig David) and the Wizardz of Oz (Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne)
  • 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 her songs

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