Tate McRae is a multi-talented artist from Canada who sings, writes songs, and dances like nobody’s business. You might remember her from the reality TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” where she made a name for herself back in 2016.
But that was just the beginning for Tate. She went on to write and release her own music, including the viral hit “One Day,” which led her to sign with RCA Records. From there, she dropped her debut EP “All the Things I Never Said” and kept the momentum going with the follow-up EP “Too Young to Be Sad.”
And now, Tate McRae has taken things to the next level with her very first studio album “I Used to Think I Could Fly.” It’s a collection of songs that showcase her incredible talent and range as an artist.
Early Life and Education
Tate is a super talented singer, songwriter, and dancer. She was born on July 1, 2003, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to a German mom and a Canadian dad of Scottish descent.
When Tate was young, her dad got a new job, and the family moved to Oman. There, Tate attended the American International School Muscat, while her mom taught dance classes. Tate herself got into dancing when she was six years old and started taking classes for fun. But by the time she was eight and moved back to Canada, she got serious about dance and started training with her mom’s company, YYC Dance Project, and the School of Alberta Ballet.
Tate didn’t just dance, though. She also started competing with Drewitz Dance Productions, showing off her moves and gaining confidence in her abilities. As a teen, she attended Western Canada High School and graduated in 2021.
Career Beginnings and Breakthrough
If you’re a fan of animated children’s TV shows, you might recognize Tate McRae’s voice from “Lalaloopsy.” But that’s not all she’s accomplished!
In 2013, she even won an award at the Dance Awards in New York City, which brought her some national attention. After that, McRae became a brand ambassador for Capezio, a dance apparel company.
Two years later in 2015, McRae earned herself two medals at the Youth America Grand Prix and even won a two-week scholarship to the Berlin State Ballet. And she didn’t stop there – she won another Dance Award, too!
But it was in 2016 that McRae really hit it big. She was a contestant on season 13 of “So You Think You Can Dance” and made it all the way to third place, which is the highest any Canadian has ever placed on the show! Her success continued as she appeared on the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine and performed in the Alberta Ballet Company’s production of “Our Canada.” And yes, she won yet another Dance Award.
Start of Recording Career
Tate McRae made it big through her YouTube channel. It all started back in 2011 when Tate created her channel and started sharing her music with the world. After a few years, she launched a series called “Create with Tate,” where she showcased her original songs.
One of her tracks, “One Day,” quickly went viral and racked up a whopping 37 million views. The overwhelming response prompted her to release the song as a single on her own. This caught the attention of several record labels, and in 2019, Tate signed with RCA Records.
Shortly after, Tate dropped her debut EP “All the Things I Never Said,” which included the lead single “Tear Myself Apart.” It was an instant hit and solidified her status as a rising star in the music industry.
Further EPs and Albums
Tate McRae has been hitting the music scene with a string of successful singles since her breakthrough hit “All the Things I Never Said.” Her hit single “You Broke Me First” released in April of 2020 was a fan favorite, and a couple of months later, she collaborated with Lil Mosey on the single “Vicious.”
As the year went on, McRae continued to dominate with the release of “Lie to Me,” a duet with singer-songwriter Ali Gatie, and “R U OK,” a track from her upcoming EP. In early 2021, she continued her hot streak with the release of “Rubberband” and “Slower.”
McRae’s highly anticipated EP, “Too Young to Be Sad,” finally dropped in March 2021 and quickly became the most-streamed EP by a female artist on Spotify that year. She also collaborated with Troye Sivan and DJ Regard on the chart-topping hit “You.”
The success kept coming for McRae as she released the lead single, “Feel Like Shit,” from her upcoming debut studio album “I Used to Think I Could Fly” in late 2021. The track was a massive hit worldwide, charting in countries such as Norway, Ireland, Canada, Sweden, and South Africa.
In February of 2022, McRae released the album’s second single, “She’s All I Wanna Be,” followed by the single “Chaotic” in March.
Media Appearances and Festivals
Tate McRae has been making waves in the music world lately, performing all over the place! You might have seen McRae on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” or “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” She even rocked the stage at the 2020 MTV Europe Music Awards!
But that’s not all – McRae is a festival pro too! She’s played at Music Midtown, Lollapalooza, Firefly, Gov Ball, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Phew, talk about a busy schedule!
And if that’s not enough to impress you, McRae has also graced the covers of “Dork” and “Hunger” magazines. She’s definitely making a name for herself in the media world too.
Keep an eye out for this rising star – she’s sure to keep us entertained with her amazing performances!
If you’re curious about the artists who have had the biggest impact on McRae’s music and dance style, here’s the lowdown.
Jessie Reyez, the Weeknd, Jeremy Zucker, and Post Malone are among the musicians who have influenced her sound, while Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake have all inspired her moves on the dance floor.
And when it comes to songwriting, McRae looks up to Julia Michaels, Alec Benjamin, and Taylor Swift as her biggest sources of inspiration. Now you know!