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Rachel Platten jumped from nowhere to everywhere with her ‘Fight Song’


“IN MUSIC... there’s such a thing as a breakout moment for a brand-new artist, where they come out of nowhere and all of a sudden everybody is singing this song,” Taylor Swift said to a roaring crowd of 50,000 in Philadelphia last June. It was her 1989 tour, and she was about to introduce a surprise guest. “The song I’m referencing is a song called ‘Fight Song!’” The crowd erupted as if Swift had just promised to perform at every American girl’s sweet 16.

THE NEW GIRL: At 34, Platten is nearly twice the age of many of her pop star peers in an industry obsessed with youth.

Moments later, Swift sat down next to a singer-songwriter who, up until recently, most people had never heard of. With a clear, airy voice, Rachel Platten sang the first verse of “Fight Song,” the spirited indie-pop anthem she wrote to convince herself not to quit an industry that had been rejecting her for over a decade. In the hazy video footage available online, you can see Platten gape at Swift as the Grammy-Hoovering pop star belts out the second verse of her song. Platten’s cover girl smile flashes across her face, and she slowly, gently shakes her head. This was clearly the biggest holy shit moment in her life.

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