The Untold Truth Of Tate McRae

Every once in a while, a singer comes out of seemingly nowhere to take over the summer music scene, and in 2020, that singer is Tate McRae. The singer and dancer first came into the spotlight when she was on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance in 2016, with the entertainer becoming the first Canadian finalist at just 13 years old. Then in 2017, her song "One Day" went viral on YouTube, and she signed with RCA Records in 2019. She released her first EP in January 2020, and on Aug. 30, 2020, she will perform at the MTV VMAs pre-show. And that, friends, is how a pop star is born. She might not be a household name just yet (at least if you're not a teenager on social media), but many have a feeling she will be. Hey, it happened to Billie Eilish, right? 

As of this writing, McRae's song, "You Broke Me First," has been steadily climbing the charts since its release in April 2020, per Official Charts, and is often used in TikTok videos. Honestly, we won't be surprised if it gains popularity following her VMAs pre-show performance. But in the meantime, let's take a look at who Tate McRae is and what she really thinks about her newfound fame.

Tate McRae doesn't mind being compared to Billie Eilish

Performing at the MTV VMAs pre-show is a pretty big deal, and it means that an act is really on the up and up. Tate McRae told E! News that the gig is an honor, gushing, "I can't wait to perform. This will be my first time combining my dancing and singing in a performance and my first ever TV debut for singing—it feels surreal to be doing that on MTV." 

She also noted how it was a big deal for her to be nominated for Best New Artist alongside acts like Doja Cat, Jack Harlow, Lewis Capaldi, Roddy Ricch and YUNGBLUD even if she didn't make it to the final voting round. McRae said, "I am so honored to be in a category with such amazing artists. I look up to all of them, and as a 17-year-old it is so amazing to be amongst my biggest idols."

She's worked with some of her idols, too, and McRae told NME that she doesn't mind comparisons to another breakout singer/songwriter, Billie Eilish. McRae shared, "She's amazing. It's a very cool comparison and not a bad one, for sure. Her and Finneas helped write 'Tear Myself Apart' which was the first single I released with RCA Records and I'm such a huge fan of them both. They're both amazing writers, it's such a beautiful song and I'm super grateful."

One thing is for sure, there is a lot more to come from Tate McRae. 

How Tate McRae feels about her quick rise to fame

Although Tate McRae has been in the spotlight since her breakout stint on So You Think You Can Dance, the concept of her own fame still surprises her.  "When I put things out on YouTube, I was just like, we'll see what everyone else thinks," the Calgary native explained to The Line of Best Fit in March 2020. "At the time, when I released my first group of songs, I had no idea people were actually going to listen to them. I just randomly put them out there and didn't really expect anything from it." She added, "The fact people were like, 'Oh my god, this is my life', I was like, 'What?' That's crazy to think people are feeling the exact same way that I am. I didn't expect it at all. It's pretty cool to see people connecting so much."

Of course, McRae worked hard for the life she has built, dancing all over the world before the age of 10. "I mean, I've kind of been obsessed with writing songs and dancing round the house since I was like two, so this whole singing and music being involved in my life has just never gone away," she explained to the outlet.

Yep, it sounds like McRae will be in the entertainment biz for a long time to come.