It’s been one year since Rachel Platten broke out with her inspirational anthem “Fight Song,” a track that propelled her onto stages alongside Taylor Swift and has become a staple anthem at sporting events and political rallies around the world.
And now that the singer-songwriter has achieved success on her own, she’s giving back: on Friday, Platten released an acoustic version of the single, which will benefit victims and those affected by the mass-shooting at Orlando, Florida nightclub Pulse in June. Platten, who recently performed at Logo’s Trailblazer Honors, is teaming up with the National Compassion Fund for this effort and all proceeds from the single will benefit victims and those affected by the tragedy.
EW caught up with Platten to discuss why she was moved to help. “Like the rest of the world, I was horrified by what happened in Orlando and I wanted to somehow make the tiniest bit of difference if I could,” she tells EW.
Platten recently wrapped her first headlining tour and while she’ll be performing one-off concerts throughout the rest of 2015, she reveals that she’s begun working on her follow-up to her debut full-length Wildfire.
“I did my first session last week and it felt incredible,” she tells EW. “It felt like this faucet got turned on and I can’t believe I haven’t been letting that part of me out. I’m excited to start creating again. It’s like oxygen to me.”
As for the sound for her next record, she jokes, “I’m doing a total hardcore EDM record! I’m joking. I don’t know [what it’ll sound like] yet. I’m going to let inspiration strike. I don’t want to dictate anything before I go in. I want to write from my heart and be honest.”