|Birth name||Margaret Debay Rogers|
|Born||April 25, 1994|
Easton, Maryland, U.S.
Margaret Debay Rogers (born April 25, 1994) is an American singer-songwriter and record producer from Easton, Maryland. Her big break came when her song "Alaska" was played to Pharrell Williams during a master class at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. She was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2019.
Maggie Rogers grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland along the banks of the Miles River in Easton, Talbot County, Maryland. Her father is a now-retired Ford Motor Company dealer and her mother, a former nurse, is now an end-of-life doula. 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 and guitar to her repertoire and began songwriting in eighth grade. For high school, she attended St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware as well as The Gunston School on the Corsica River in Centreville, Queen Anne's County, Maryland. At school, she played harp in the orchestra, sang in the choir, joined a jazz band, learned banjo and became interested in folk music, and taught herself how to program. She also spent many summers during her formative years at a rural camp in Maine.
The summer after her junior year, Rogers 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 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. She secured admission and started in 2012.
College years and discovery
At NYU, Rogers considered a career in music journalism, and in her first year, 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 Goodman's 2017 book Meet Me in the Bathroom.
Rogers released another folk album, Blood Ballet (2014), during her second year at the school. Folk blog EarToTheGround Music explained that the album "...begs for listeners to confront deep personal emotions."
Rogers studied abroad in France while at NYU and after friends convinced her to go clubbing while they were in Berlin, her eyes opened to a new genre and she discovered a love for dance music. When she returned home, Rogers was ready to make new music and merge her folk style with electronic production.
In 2016, after two years of writer's block, Rogers wrote "Alaska", a song she wrote in fifteen minutes about a National Outdoor Leadership School course. She played the song for Pharrell Williams in a master class he taught at her school, and 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.
After the Pharrell video went viral, several different record labels tried to sign Rogers. She ended up negotiating a contract with Capitol Records where "she licenses her music to them through her own imprint, Debay Sounds." As a result, she has more control over her sound and image than many artists at a similar place in their music careers.
Rogers' EP, Now That the Light Is Fading, was released on February 17, 2017. She released her major-label debut album, Heard It in a Past Life, in January 2019. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200.
In April 2019, Rogers covered the Taylor Swift song "Tim McGraw" as a Spotify Single. She told Rolling Stone, "This song so distinctly belongs to one of – I think, personally – the greatest living songwriters."
Rogers cites Carrie Brownstein, Patti Smith, Kim Gordon, and Björk as her musical inspirations, while prominent singers Brandi Carlile and Sharon Van Etten – whom she calls her "musical big sisters" – have become mentors.
Rogers performed during the 2020 Democratic National Convention, appearing remotely from Scarborough, Maine due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. She was introduced by Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and 2020 US Senate candidate from Maine Sara Gideon.
On November 13, 2020, Rogers collaborated with Phoebe Bridgers on a cover of the Goo Goo Dolls' 1998 single "Iris", which Bridgers said she would make if Donald Trump lost the 2020 United States elections. The song was released as a one-day exclusive on Bandcamp and was downloaded 28,000 times, with all proceeds going to Fair Fight Action.
On December 18, 2020, Rogers released Notes from the Archive: Recordings 2011-2016 via her label Debay Sounds. The album is a compilation of songs she wrote and recorded in the past ten years of her recording career. Some of the songs are from her independently released first two albums: The Echo and Blood Ballet. Other songs are from her previously unreleased 2016 rock EP and a band she was previously in with Holden Jaffe, Del Water Gap. The album was released along with a deluxe version in which Rogers provides an auditory commentary talking through each stage of her music career that the songs in that section reflect.
- Heard It in a Past Life World Tour (2019) (supported by Empress Of, Jacob Banks, Melanie Faye, and Now, Now)
- HAIM – Sister Sister Sister Tour (2018)
- Mumford & Sons – Delta Tour (2018)
- Leg 1 in Europe and Leg 2 in North America
- Kacey Musgraves – Oh, What a World: Tour II (October 25, 2019)
She has also played at festivals internationally, including Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England; Rock Werchter in Werchter, Belgium; Osheaga Festival in Montreal, Canada; Latitude Festival in Southwold, UK; Citadel Festival in London; Down the Rabbit Hole in Beuningen, Netherlands; and Splendour in the Grass Festival in Byron Bay, New South Wales ; and at the Main Square Festival in Arras, France .
Activism and philanthropy
Her song "Give a Little" was penned on the same day the National School Walkout demanded congressional action on gun control. She was inspired by the activism of students across the nation, and wrote "Give a Little" about empathy and unity.
Rogers also supports organizations like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood by donating proceeds from merchandise and shows. In an interview, she said that "Planned Parenthood is something that's really important to me. I am proudly, loudly and distinctly pro-choice. I just don't believe that the government should have a say in what a woman's relationship with her doctor is. But I also just think that I am a woman, and I am an artist, and I'm also a businesswoman, and on stage I'm an athlete. And having access to sexual and reproductive health is key for me running my life. It's important that women all over have access to that, because it also affords them access to opportunities."
|Title||Album details||Peak positions||Sales||Certifications|
|Heard It in a Past Life||2||1||8||10||92||30||95||18||49||25||
|Notes from the Archive: Recordings 2011-2016||
|Now That the Light Is Fading||39||4||99|
||Now That the Light Is Fading|
|"On and Off"[A]||2017||20||—||—||—||44||—||—|
|"Split Stones"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|"Fallingwater"||2018||—||—||11||—||—||—||—||Heard It in a Past Life|
|"Give a Little"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Love You for a Long Time"||1||—||7||—||—[D]||44||27||Non-album single|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|"Iris" (with Phoebe Bridgers)||2020||57||5||5|
- This song also appears on Rogers' debut album Heard it in a Past Life.
- "Light On" did not enter the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart but did peak at number 35 on the Rock Airplay chart.
- "Burning" did not enter the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart but did peak at number 50 on the Rock Airplay chart.
- "Love You for a Long Time" did not enter the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart but did peak at number 45 on the Rock Airplay chart.
|2020||Grammy Awards||Best New Artist||Herself||Nominated|||
|2020||Girls' Choice Music Awards||Most Empowering Breakout Artist of the Year||Nominated|||
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