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The 'you broke me first' singer speaks about Pride and learning to use her platform to create social change
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Pride season has landed here at Audacy. All month long we will be waving the flag for our friends, family members, and colleagues while celebrating the diversity, creativity, and ingenuity of the LGBTQIA+ community.

In partnership with Channel Q and Stella Rosa Wines, we’ll be hosting Celebrations in Pride and highlighting LGBTQ+ artists and allies every Thursday, with exclusive Pride party performances and interviews at

Last year, Tate McRae turned her bedroom into a creative space that ultimately allowed her to catapult her career into Pop stardom. Starting on TikTok and now getting ready to play major festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, The Governors Ball, and more, the 17-year-old is just getting started.

McRae told Audacy’s AJ Gibson and Mikalah Gordon of Channel Q, that it was mind-blowing to experience her first hit song within the midst of the pandemic. The “you broke me first” singer explained “it was so weird! I didn’t actually get to experience anything to like the fullest obviously, because I was at home with my parents.”

The singer says that the success did not occur to her until she was able to leave her house almost a year later.

The artist got her start as a dancer, and only “accidentally” became a singer. Tate had a dance YouTube channel where she posted an original song that went viral.

As a 17-year-old going on 18, McRae is part of the TikTok generation and the generation that utilizes its social media platforms to create change and stand for equality.

Tate believes that “our world is changing so much, where social media is actually giving us a platform to speak up.”

She adds, “I’m 17 and I’m currently learning how to use my voice and learning how to educate myself.” Tate adds that she is excited by the prospect of being able to speak her truth.

As a young artist, McRae not only takes pride in what she creates but supports artists of all creeds in what they do, whether it’s dance or creating music.

“Pride is just being proud of who you are no matter who you want to be, who you want to be with, who you want to love, just feeling supported no matter who you are,” explains the “You” singer.

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