Rachel Platten Talks 'Super Emotional' New Music & Accessing Darker Places for Her Next Album
Rachel Platten's breakthrough in the music business involved two of the most uplifting songs of 2015, the top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Fight Song" and peppy follow-up "Stand By You." Two years later, she's following suit with her latest single, the self-assuring "Broken Glass," which she suggests is a continuation of the inspirational message sending that kickstarted her career.
"I felt like I wanted to continue and do my part to give a message of hope through music and promote girl power," Platten told Billboard when she stopped by our video series On The Record. "Even though we have a long way to go to get equality between men and women, we’re making progress, and when we lift each other up, that’s dope. 'Broken Glass' is kind of about that message."
But while "Broken Glass" is certainly a happy tune that serves as a confidence booster for any listener, Platten's journey before and after the explosion of "Fight Song" has helped her unleash a vulnerability that may not be what people expect to hear from her.
"I think maybe a misconception people have about me from 'Fight Song' is that I’m always encouraging and always in a good mood and always positive -- and that’s beautiful, I love that people think that, but it is not true," she said. "This album allowed me to go into some of the darker places in my mind, just because I needed the release and I needed that freedom to be honest with what I was feeling."
Platten has yet to reveal a title or official release date for her sophomore major label effort, but she openly admits that it's "super emotional." Even if the rest of her new material is completely opposite of the positive vibes "Fight Song" or "Broken Glass" offered, Platten has a confidence about herself and her new music that indicates fans won't be disappointed.
"It’s complex in a positive way," she suggested. "I cannot wait for the world to hear what I’ve been cooking up."
Check out our entire interview with Platten above.