Recently, we had an opportunity to join forces with singer and songwriter Rachel Platten for a holiday music concert to celebrate VH1 Save The Music. Rachel performed her hit “Fight Song” then was joined on stage by TV’s Disney Mouseketeer Sean Oliu, and the two helped Santa count down to the brilliant tree lighting grand finale.
Rachel released her new album titled Waves on October 27, which features her single “Broken Glass.” We caught up with this multitalented music star to chat about the holidays and learn about a few of her favorite (and not-so-favorite!) things this season.
Read on for our exclusive Q&A!
Quick — what are the best things about this time of year?
I love giving gifts (and I’m great at receiving them, too, haha!). I also love sitting around in pajamas with family, being cozy by a fire. December is pretty great.
Having released some wonderful music albums, I’d imagine you must have a favorite holiday song?
Billy Joel’s version of “Santa Clause is Coming to Town.” Can’t beat it. My dad, sister and I used to belt it out and use cooking ladles as microphones and we’d dance all around the house annoying our dog. So yeah, that one’s a blast.
I’m a horrible chef so for everyone’s sake I’m gonna go with decorating, though I’m not great at that either. I think I’m more of a ‘entertain people with my good vibes’ type rather than the perfect hostess type. Though I aim to improve!
What holiday gifts do you like to give?
Gift giving is the most fun, sweet thing, and the smiles you get from people you love are priceless. I like giving things that are indulgent and guilty pleasures. Things people wouldn’t be getting themselves — like pricey but delicious-smelling candles or massage gift certificates. Maybe concert tickets or experiences they won’t forget, or framing a photograph that has a special meaning for a friend.
What is your most cherished holiday memory?
Maybe the last holiday I spent with my Nana. She passed away shortly after, so the memory is even more special. We sat next to each other and I had just played in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade that morning so she wanted to watch the video of it over and over again. I remember holding her cold cute little shaking hand in mine and I ended up writing a song about her on my album Waves, which just came out. The song is called “Hands.”
I thought maybe that song would just be too personal to share and wouldn’t resonate because it was so specific to her and our connection but I’ve received the most beautiful messages from people saying it also helped them, so that’s made the memory even sweeter.
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