Maggie Rogers

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Maggie Rogers
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Rogers performing in Birmingham, Alabama in 2017
Background information
Birth name Margaret Debay Rogers
Born (1994-04-25) April 25, 1994 (age 24)
Easton, Maryland, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer-songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 2012–present
Labels
Website www.maggierogers.com

Margaret Debay Rogers[1] (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.[2] Her songs "Alaska" and "Dog Years" placed numbers 64 and 173 on Triple J Hottest 100, 2016, respectively.[3][4]

Early life and career

Rogers grew up on a $5 million, 25-acre estate 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.[citation needed]

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.[5] 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."[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

She cites Carrie Brownstein, Patti Smith, Kim Gordon, and Björk as her musical inspirations.[2][citation needed] 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.[9]

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 will be part of her major-label debut album titled Heard It In a Past Life.[10][11] 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.[12]

Discography

Albums

Title Album details
The Echo
Blood Ballet
  • Release date: July 2, 2014[14]
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: Digital download
Heard It in a Past Life
  • To be released: January 18, 2019
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD, LP

Extended plays

List of EPs, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak positions
US
Rock

[15]
US
Heat

[16]
Now That the Light Is Fading 39 4

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak positions Certifications Album
US
AAA

[17]
US
Rock

[18]
NZ
Hot

[19]
"Alaska" 2016 13 18 Now That the Light Is Fading
"Dog Years"
"On and Off" 2017 20 44
"Split Stones" Non-album single
"Fallingwater" 2018 Heard It in a Past Life
"Give a Little"
"Light On" 2 40
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References

  1. ^ Rogers, Margaret Debay. "BMI Repertoire Search". Broadcast Music, Inc. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Mark Guiducci (September 29, 2016). "Meet Maggie Rogers, The Pharrell Williams-Approved Producer - Vogue". Vogue. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "1-100 - Hottest 100 2016 - triple j". Triple J. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "101-200 - Hottest 100 2016 - triple j". Triple J. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Goodman, Lizzy (2017). Meet Me in the Bathroom. New York: Dey Street/HarperCollins. p. 595.
  6. ^ "Maggie Rogers – Blood Ballet – Emotional, captivating singer songwriter sings her heart". Ear To The Ground Music. June 30, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "From college to a sold-out tour in one year: Maggie Rogers performs in The Current studio". Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  8. ^ "Maggie Rogers - Biography - Billboard". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0u7lXy7pDg
  10. ^ Katherine St. Asaph (February 16, 2017). "Maggie Rogers: Now That the Light Is Fading Album Review - Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Now That the Light Is Fading - EP by Maggie Rogers on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  12. ^ Guilbault, Kristy. "For Her 'SNL' Debut, Maggie Rogers Performs 'Light On' And 'Fallingwater'". NPR.org. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  13. ^ "The Echo - Maggie Rogers". May 18, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2017 – via Bandcamp.
  14. ^ "Blood Ballet - Maggie Rogers". July 2, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2017 – via Bandcamp.
  15. ^ "Maggie Rogers - Chart history (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  16. ^ "Maggie Rogers - Chart history (Heatseeker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  17. ^ "Maggie Rogers - Chart history (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  18. ^ "Maggie Rogers - Chart history (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  19. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. October 22, 2018. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  20. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Maggie Roggers – Alaska". Music Canada. Retrieved November 8, 2017.

Further reading

  • After Wowing Pharrell, Maggie Rogers Delivers Her Pop Thesis - NPR
  • First, Maggie Rogers's Music Enchanted Pharrell—Now, the Rest of the World - W Magazine
  • http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/02/maggie-rogers-is-more-than-the-musician-who-floored-pharrell.html - NY Magazine
  • Artist Interview: Maggie Rogers - EarToTheGround Music
  • Petrusich, Amanda (March 13, 2017). "All in : Maggie Rogers's collection of influences". The Critics. Pop Music. The New Yorker. 93 (4): 110–111., Online version is titled "Maggie Rogers, an artist of her time".

External links

  • Media related to Maggie Rogers at Wikimedia Commons
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