ABOUT TATE MCRAE
Canadian singer, songwriter, and dancer Tate McRae was born in Calgary, Alberta on July 1, 2003. A trained dancer from the age of six, she began dancing competitively aged 13. That same year she began voicing the character Spot Splatter Splash on the Nick Jr. Channel series Lalaloopsy, continuing to voice the character until 2015.
McRae became a household name when she placed third in the 13th season of So You Think You Can Dance in 2016, becoming the first Canadian finalist on the American show.
2017-2019: Music career beginnings
Having begun a YouTube channel in 2011 to showcase her dance videos, McRae began a video series in 2017 titled "Create With Tate", featuring her original songs that had been written and recorded in her bedroom. After racking up over 37 million views on her first video for the series, "One Day" (a song she had written when she was 14 years old), she decided to self-release the song as a single. "One Day" was commercially successful and went on to be certified gold in Canada. Over the next two years, she continued to release videos for the YouTube series and she released the songs as singles. The songs proved popular, particularly "Dear Ex Best Friend" (which has over 40 million YouTube views) and "Dear Parents" (with over 20 million views), leading to YouTube naming her an "Artist on the Rise".
The success of "One Day" led to a bidding war between 11 record labels and in 2019, McRae signed with RCA Records, choosing them because they had been supportive of her dance career as well as her music. All the Things I Never Said, her debut EP, was announced that December and released on January 24, 2020. She followed with a sold-out headline tour of Europe and North America. Together, the album’s lead single "Tear Myself Apart" (co-written by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell) and second single "All My Friends Are Fake" had garnered over 10 million streams by the end of the year and currently have over 75 million Spotify streams combined. "Stupid", the EP’s final single, charted in Ireland and Canada, peaking in the Top 15 of the Canadian pop radio charts. Another song from the EP, "That Way", went viral on TikTok. By September 2021, All the Things I Never Said had amassed over 350 million Spotify streams.
2020-present: Too Young to Be Sad
April 2020 brought the release of "You Broke Me First" from her EP Too Young to Be Sad, which was released the following month. The song went on to be a viral TikTok hit and has over 1 billion streams across platforms. It was her first hit to chart on the Billboard 200, reaching number 17, and it went multi-platinum in seven countries (including Canada, the US and UK) and platinum in five. At 38 weeks, the song is the longest-charting song released by a female artist in 2020 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Vicious" featuring American rapper Lil Mosey was her next single, released on June 19. That July, she was nominated for the MTV Video Music Award for Push Best New Artist. July also saw her upload a video for the song "Don't Be Sad", which gained over 170,000 views in just one day.
In October 2020, McRae released the single "Lie to Me" with Ali Gatie. She followed in December with the solo single "R U OK", which headlined Billboard's list of ten cool new pop songs for the week and peaked at number 19 on the Hot Singles Chart in New Zealand. December 2020 also saw McRae become the youngest person named by Forbes on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the music category and she was named by Rolling Stone as one of their top ten biggest breakthrough artists of 2020. Throughout 2020, she was YouTube's Artist on the Rise, MTV's Push Artist for the month of July, and a Vevo DSCVR artist, as well as being featured on Billboard's 21 Under 21 One to Watch list and on Harper's Bazaar's "On the Rise" series. She was named by Pandora, The Independent, NME, Amazon Music, and Uproxx as an artist to watch in 2021.
In January 2021, McRae released the single "Rubberband" followed by "Slower" in March. March also saw her named by Apple Music as an Up Next artist and she received two Juno Award nominations for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and the Fan Choice Award.
April 2021 brought the release of "You" with Regard and Troye Sivan. The single charted around the world and reached number one on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. It was also McRae's second number one on the Billboard Dance/Mixshow Airplay chart and tied the record for the fastest song to reach number one on the chart.
In May, she performed in her album in a critically acclaimed global virtual show that included a two-piece band, background dancers, and poetic interludes from the singer. That month, she was nominated for the Social Star Award at the IHeartRadio Music Awards, as well as two Western Canadian Music Awards, and won two SOCAN Awards: the SOCAN Pop Music Award and the SOCAN Breakout Songwriters Award. Her song, "Darkest Hour", was featured on the soundtrack for the Amazon original series Panic at the end of May.
June 2021 brought a feature on the song "U love U" by Blackbear and also a collaboration with Khalid on the track "Working". Throughout summer 2021 she performed at several festivals, including IHeartRadio Music Festival, Governors Ball Music Festival, Music Midtown, Lollapalooza, Firefly Music Festival and Austin City Limits Music Festival. In September, she released a remix of her 2020 EP track "That Way" featuring Jeremy Zucker and she also was announced as an opening act for the North American leg of Shawn Mendes' 2022 'Wonder: the World Tour'. October 2021 saw McRae featured on Billboard's 21 under 21 list for 2021 and People's One to Watch list for 2021.