Rachel Platten, I’m gonna stand by you.

It’s always refreshing when a fresh face enters the music scene. But it’s even more refreshing when that face belongs to Rachel Platten.

You all know Rachel. You’ve sang “Fight Song” in the shower, during your morning drive to work, played it while jogging at the gym, and maybe performed it at karaoke night at your local bar.

Perhaps it even became your own personal mantra while you were going through a tough time in your life.

Too often, pop music lacks purpose. There’s never a deficiency of catchy, pleasurable sounding songs on the radio, but much of the time, when you get to the thick of the song, you find that it doesn’t really mean anything.

The song entertains for three minutes, and then it’s gone, and you don’t think about it again until you hear it on the radio days later.

But that’s not the case with a Rachel Platten song. They linger. They inspire. And when you hear one, it reminds you of all the good that exists in your life, and that can exist moving forward.

Rachel PlattenAnd that’s something that pop music desperately needed.

Her new album, Wildfire, was released on January 1, comprising the aforementioned “Fight Song,” and her current equally-as-inspiring single, “Stand By You.” Having purchased the album on iTunes, I also recommend “You Don’t Know My Heart” and “Angels in Chelsea.”

Watch any single Rachel Platten live performance. It doesn’t matter which one. Whether it’s in concert, in a studio, or on a talk show, and you’ll notice one thing in all of them — her unwavering smile.

When she sings, she seems genuinely euphoric. As in, she knows her words are probably affecting thousands of people in a positive way, and she totally recognizes it. She wants to lift people’s spirits and make us feel better. She relishes it. And it’s infectious.

I don’t think it’s an accident that Platten didn’t experience her breakthrough until her early 30s. I think years of adversity and a career stuck in limbo humbled and inspired her to write such uplifting songs.

And it obviously goes without saying that she’s stunningly gorgeous. We could talk all we want about inner beauty, but her outer beauty ain’t so bad, either.

But the point is, that in an era of music full of dubious role models, Rachel Platten is a bright light.

It may have taken a little while for her voice to be heard, but I think I speak for all music listeners when I say it was worth the wait.

And if anyone disagrees with me, I’ll introduce you to my fight song.

With my fist.

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