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Born Tate Rosner McRae in 2003, the Calgary native initially started out as a dancer at age six and studied at the Alberta Ballet. She entered her first dance competition in 2011 and later took the silver medal at the final round of the Youth America Grand Prix in New York City in 2015. Out of the competition, she earned a scholarship for a two-week intensive course at the Berlin State Ballet School. The following year, McRae competed on FOX's So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, finishing in third place. Along with dance, she developed an interest in singing and acting, appearing as the voice of the rag doll Spot Splatter Splash in Nickelodeon's Lalaloopsy animated series. In 2017, she launched her own YouTube channel by posting a song she had written in one day. The "One Day" video went viral and helped her build buzz, eventually earning gold certification in Canada and the U.S. More songs followed, and she signed with RCA. A flood of singles were released into 2019, all of which were collected on the One Day mixtape.
In 2020, McRae released her debut EP, All the Things I Never Said. Included in the set was the song "Tear Myself Apart," co-written by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell, and "Stupid," her first charting single and platinum certification. A year later, her second EP, Too Young to Be Sad, featured the smash single "You Broke Me First," which climbed the charts around the world and went multi-platinum in North America, Australasia, and Europe. In the gap between solo albums, she teamed with Ali Gatie ("Lie to Me"), Regard and Troye Sivan ("You"), Blackbear ("U Love U"), Khalid ("Working"), and Jeremy Zucker ("That Way").
Solo tracks such as the raw and vulnerable "Feel Like Shit" and multi-platinum "She's All I Wanna Be" heralded the arrival of her debut album, 2022's I Used to Think I Could Fly, which was released in May of that year. The LP rose to number three in Canada and number 13 in the U.S. Before her next album cycle was initiated just a year later, she teamed with Tiësto for the international Top 10 hit, "10:35."
McRae's sophomore era kicked off in 2023 with "Greedy," her very first chart-topper. "Exes" followed quickly after, and her sophomore full-length Think Later landed that December. Co-executive produced by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, the set was promoted with a lengthy world tour as well as appearances on the Saturday Night Live and Billboard Music Awards stages. ~ Matt Collar