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Meet Tate McRae: the teen bedroom soul-pop prodigy who’s surmounting her YouTube fame

It’s not every day you can say that Billie Eilish featured on your debut EP – particularly when you’re a 16-year-old bedroom pop YouTube viral star. Tate McRae hails from Calgary, Canada – she’s got 2.2 million subscribers, a recording deal with RCA, a bunch of viral hits under her belt – and she’s about to turn 17.

Her’s is a classic tale of social media creativity gone right. In late 2017 her single “One Day” exploded and caught the ears of some hot-shot recording houses. She inked a deal and almost three years, and 35 million collective views later, she dropped her debut EP all the things I never said – featuring “Tear Myself Apart”, co-written by our girl, Billie Eilish. Not bad going for a couple of teens with talent.

Now it’s a couple months deep into lockdown and McRae has gone back to basics. Her first single to drop since her EP is “you broke me first” – a robust bedroom pop ballad all about that boy who came crawling back too late.

It comes along with a lyric video filmed on her phone “in quarantine, taped to the front of my mom’s car, on a random rooftop.” It’s all city skyline and McRae’s lustrous locks.

She’s also writing again – teasing tracks in a way she hasn’t really done since before her breakout. She recorded “look u made me something vicious” on a keyboard and a phone camera. It’s rough around the edges, steeped in vengeful lyrics and cut-to-the-core liquid vocals.

Watch this girl, she’s a ticking clock of talent.