From: New York,United States
Who's That Girl?
New York City songstress Rachel Platten packed Manhattan’s prestigious Highline Ballroom this month, a coup for an independent, unsigned musician who was, until recently, a mainstay on the Lower East Side’s singer-songwriter scene. It is an electrifying and well-deserved new chapter for this much-buzzed-about artist.
Rachel Platten is no stranger to the spotlight. After a life changing experience in Trinidad performing, by fluke, in front of 100,000 screaming fans at the 2003 Trinidad Soca Monarch Finals, she returned to her native Boston and recorded her first record, “Trust in Me”. The songs on her debut release won her “Best New Artist” and “Vocalist” at the Harvard Advocate Music Awards and went into heavy rotation on college radio. Though a newcomer, she opened for The Strokes, Rusted Root, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and Marc Ford (of Black Crowes), and performed over 500 shows around the country.
Moving to New York City shortly after, Rachel became a beloved regular on the Village scene, eventually selling out and regularly packing clubs such as The Cutting Room, Mercury Lounge and Arlene’s Grocery. During this time she worked with several producers, including DJ Logic, Bill Bell (of Jason Mraz and Justin Nozuka fame), and spent time alone in her living room searching for her "sound". She finally found a partner in Mark Turrigiano who understood her special combination of pop and soul: The Jackson 5 and Otis Redding meets The Beatles meets Carole King with a twist of…Rachel.
Her new album, (release info TBA), will include songs such as “Million Little Reasons” (recently included as the NY Post’s MPFree) and “Seven Weeks” (which will be heard in the upcoming film, “The Good Guy” (premiering at The Tribeca Film Festival this spring, starring Gilmore Girl, Alexis Blidel).