As one of the biggest success stories of 2015, Rachel Platten is back with her brand new album and single.

Rachel Platten

Rachel Platten

We got the opportunity to put some questions to Rachel about her multi platinum track 'Fight Song', her new music and much more. Read on to find out what she had to say.

You saw huge success in 2015 for 'Fight Song' - when did it sink in that you had a major hit on your hands?

It still hasn't sank in really. Even hearing you ask that is always a surprise for me. This has been a dream of mine for so many years and sometimes I ask myself, 'Is this really happening?'!

What sort of reaction did you get from fans, friends and family following that song's release?

My friends and family have always been extremely supportive, but the support I've received from fans has been so overwhelming. I love hearing all of their 'Fight Song' stories, I have been so inspired by so many of them.

Fans saw you on stage with Taylor Swift for a collaboration during her show in Philadelphia - what was that experience like?

Playing on stage with Taylor in front of 55,000 people, to see them all singing the words to my song and throwing their fists in the air, was incredible. It was a moment I could have only dreamed about only a year ago.

Your new single's 'Stand By You' - what should those who haven't heard it yet expect?

It's a love song in its core. 'Stand By You' is about sticking by the person you love not only when things are easy, but being there for them during trials and letting them know they aren't alone.

Where do you draw influence or inspiration from for your material?

Everywhere! My life, friends, family, nature... At any moment I could be surrounded by someone or something that may inspire a song.

When did your love for music and performing really begin?

I have always loved music. My Mom used to sing with my sister and I when I was younger and I was in choirs and loved to perform, but when I was in college I went on a study abroad to Trinidad and while I was there I sang back up at my first concert. At that moment, it was like a switch went off in my heart and I knew performing and making music was what I was meant to be doing.

What would you say are some of your best memories of music to-date?

I have had a lot of incredible memories this past year. Having 'Fight Song' go triple platinum. Playing Dick Clarks' 'Rockin' New Years Eve'. Getting to hear and meet so many incredible fans who have been touched by my music, to hear their stories and feel their strength!

If you could work with anybody on new music, who would you choose and why?

Sia would be incredible. I think she is an incredible artist and songwriter.

Do you have any definitive aims or goals for your career going forward?

I want to continue to remain present and grateful each day that I get to be doing what I love. Making and performing music I believe in.

What should we expect from you in the coming weeks and months?

I just released my new album 'Wildfire' on New Years Day, I am about to play the Pro Bowl in Hawaii and I am about to go on my first headlining tour in America, which I am very excited for. It's going to be a VERY great year!

Rachel's new single 'Stand By You' is out now.

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