The Time I Met Rachel Platten

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(Picture from Billboard.com)

On February 12th, 2012 when I was sixteen years old, I went to my first concert. Along with a few friends on a school night, we headed off to The Paramount, a small and intimate concert venue located out on Long Island in Huntington, NY.

Matt Nathanson was headlining and I was so excited. The folk and rock singer,  known for his hit single “Come on Get Higher” was about to take the stage, and I could not be more ready to hear him in the flesh.

The tickets were General Admission standing room only, so my friends and I were able to rush to the front of the venue so we could get as close as we could get to the singer – songwriter.

Before Nathanson took the stage, Rachel Platten was the opening act and started to play. I only heard of Platten because her song, “Work of Art” was the theme song for ABC Family’s “Jane By Design” – otherwise I did not know a thing about her and she was not widely known at the time.

Platten graced the stage, and started effortlessly playing her guitar and laughing with and talking along to the audience. She had a radiant smile, and her music was upbeat and personal. Although I came to see Nathanson play, I also thoroughly enjoyed Platten’s music as she was as sweet and bubbly as her music was!

After the concert was over, my friends and I were getting ready to leave and were surprised to see people waiting on line. Platten was signing autographs and taking pictures with fans! Of course, we could not resist.

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(Rachel Platten, third from left.)

Soon after, Platten started writing hit after hit. “Stand By You” and “Fight Song” are currently blowing up the charts.  A day does not go by that I don’t hear one of her songs on the radio.

“Fight Song” really has become a musical sensation. The song has become the national anthem for kids with cancer after sixteen year old Calysta Bevier performed the song at a fundraiser in September 2015 to inspire another cancer patient to never lose hope.

“Fight Song” was also named the official theme song for the 2015 “Rise Above Cancer” campaign that appeared on World Wrestling Entertainment shows throughout the month of October, as part of the company’s partnership with The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Additionally, according to BBC.com, Hillary Clinton appears on stage at her presidential rallies to the sound of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.”

Rachel Platten is now one to watch, as her career is just beginning. The thirty – four year old will soon be touring throughout the summer and will be making a stop at Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY – think she will remember me?

About Sara Scheidlinger, Queens College '19

Sara Scheidlinger loves music and is the first to know about new songs before they become popular. She is a freshman majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics at Queens College and plans to continue writing throughout her career.

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