On Tuesday, singer-songwriter Tate McRae packed Baby’s All Right to the brim with her rabid fanbase as she performed songs from her debut EP, all the things i never said along with songs she’d written and shared over the last three years on her YouTube channel prior to her signing with RCA Records. Her debut EP includes three previously released songs and two new tracks as well, “happy face” and “that way.”
The 16-year old Youtubing artist has been singing and writing her whole life, and that natural talent was on display Tuesday as she took the stage full of confidence. Despite being sixteen, McRae sings like a veteran, on pitch with every note and totally unphased by the screaming teens who came from all over the tri-state area to see the show. She led off with her newest fan-favorite, “stupid,” which already has over 23 million streams on Spotify alone.
McRae has been building fans all over the world for the better part of a decade on the back of her YouTube channel, where she continually entertains over two million subscribers with monthly new music and moments from her first-ever live tour. She’s a proper pop star and her rise has been fast – she’s got nearly nine million monthly listeners on Spotify and over a million followers on Instagram – and it’s only going to keep growing as more people become familiar with the relatability of her music.
Not only a singer, McRae is also an excellent dancer, having appeared on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation – however her released music to date has been much more bedroom-pop leaning, not as conducive to choreographed dancing. As she continues to write and her status as a real pop star continues to materialize, it should be interesting to see how McRae’s music evolves as well.