Fresh off her hit single “Fight Song,” which broke into the top 10 on the Hot 100 earlier this year, Rachel Platten has officially announced her new album. Wildfire drops Jan. 1 and includes “Fight Song” and 11 other tunes from the 34-year-old singer.
“After a decade of trying to find my path in music I started to believe it would never happen for me,” Platten wrote in a press release. Wildfire is her third album, following 2003’s Trust In Me and 2011’s Be Here. “The thing that kept me going was the one-on-one connections with listeners — no matter how many or how few. These connections sparked my fire that fueled me to write this album. Wildfire is for everyone who ever believed in me.”
Personal engagement with fans has been a selling point for Platten in the weeks preceding the Wildfire announcement. She took to Instagram in November to encourage fans to post photos for inclusion in the album’s booklet and on Tuesday she allowed her biggest fans to announce titles for Wildfire‘s tracks on Twitter.
Platten spoke to EW earlier this year about witnessing the impact “Fight Song” had on patients fighting cancer. “The first time it happened, a woman who had cancer sent an email to her family [saying], ‘I have three months to live, but I don’t want you to be sad. I want you to know this is how I feel, and this song is my anthem,'” Platten said. “I knew the song was helping me, but seeing what a difference it had had on this woman’s life made me realize there was something to this song. People need to hear this, it’s connecting to people’s lives. This is going to help.”