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Maggie Rogers

Number of songs: 2 | Total weeks on charts: 2
Appearing in a total number of: 2 charts | Total period running: 0 days
Songs by Maggie Rogers

Margaret Debay Rogers (born April 25, 1994) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer from Easton, Maryland. She rose to fame after her song "Alaska" was played to Pharrell Williams during a master class at New York University.

Rogers grew up along the banks of the Miles River in Easton, Maryland. She began playing harp at age seven, and loved the music of Gustav Holst and Antonio Vivaldi. Her mother would play neo-soul artists such as Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. By the time she was in middle school, Rogers had added piano, guitar, and songwriting to her repertoire. For high school she attended the prestigious St. Andrew's boarding school in Delaware, and became interested in the banjo and folk music. The summer after her junior year she attended a Berklee College of Music program and won the program's songwriting contest, which spurred her to focus on writing.
During her senior year, she turned a broom closet into a makeshift studio and recorded what became her first album, The Echo (2012). Rogers included her demos as part of her application to New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Beginning her freshman year there, Rogers interned for music journalist Lizzy Goodman for whom she transcribed and edited hundreds of hours of interviews with major musicians and journalists, which would be later compiled into the 2017 book Meet Me in the Bathroom. She released another folk album, Blood Ballet (2014), during her sophomore year at the school. Folk blog EarToTheGround Music explained that the album "...begs for listeners to confront deep personal emotions."
Rogers had a hit in 2016 with "Alaska", a song she wrote in fifteen minutes about a National Outdoor Leadership School course for a master class with Pharrell Williams. A video of a visibly moved Williams listening to the song went viral that June, resulting in millions of views as well as hundreds of thousands of plays of The Echo and Blood Ballet.
She cites Carrie Brownstein, Patti Smith, Kim Gordon, and Björk as her musical inspirations.
She also mentioned in her initial conversation with Williams that she has synesthesia, a benign condition where one or more senses is perceived at once - in her case, she is able to perceive colors as a response to hearing music.
Rogers's EP, Now That the Light Is Fading, was released on February 17, 2017. She has most recently released three new singles called "Fallingwater", "Give a Little", and "Light On" that became part of her major-label debut album, released January 18, 2019, titled Heard It In a Past Life. She made her television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on February 15, 2017 and Saturday Night Live debut on November 3, 2018.

Heard It in a Past Life
Sources: Wikipedia, Editorial team

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