Maggie Rogers

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Maggie Rogers
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Rogers performing at Syndicate Lounge, Birmingham, Alabama, 2017
Born Margaret Debay Rogers
(1994-04-25) April 25, 1994 (age 24)
Easton, Maryland
Nationality American
Years active 2012–present

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[edit]

Growing up in rural Maryland, Rogers began playing harp at age seven, and loved the music of Gustav Holst and 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. In high school, she fell in love with the banjo and folk music, and attended a Berklee College of Music program during the summer after her junior year. Rogers won the program's songwriting contest, which spurred her to focus on writing as high school came to a close.

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] However, her sound was evolving, thanks in part to her discovery of electronic music while studying abroad in France.

Rogers united the different strands of her music with huge success in 2016 with "Alaska", a song she wrote in 15 minutes about a hiking trip for a masterclass 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.[7] 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's synesthetic, which is a benign condition where one or more senses is perceived at once - in her case, she is able to perceive colours as a response to hearing music. [8]

In addition to "Alaska", she released four more songs to complete her EP, including "Better", "Dog Years", "On + Off" and "Color Song". The EP, named "Now that the Light is Fading", was released on February 17, 2017. She has most recently released two new singles called "Fallingwater", "Give a Little", and "Light On" that will be part of her full, debut album.[9] [10]



Title Album details
The Echo
Blood Ballet
  • Release date: July 2, 2014[12]
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: Digital download
Heard It in a Past Life
  • Release date: 18 January 2019
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD, LP

Extended plays[edit]

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


Now That the Light Is Fading 39 4
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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


"Alaska" 2016 13 18
  • MC: Gold[17]
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"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  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. ^ "Maggie Rogers - Biography - Billboard". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  8. ^
  9. ^ Katherine St. Asaph (February 16, 2017). "Maggie Rogers: Now That the Light Is Fading Album Review - Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Now That the Light Is Fading - EP by Maggie Rogers on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  11. ^ "The Echo - Maggie Rogers". Bandcamp. May 18, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  12. ^ "Blood Ballet - Maggie Rogers". Bandcamp. July 2, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  13. ^ "Maggie Rogers - Chart history (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  14. ^ "Maggie Rogers - Chart history (Heatseeker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  15. ^ "Maggie Rogers - Chart history (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  16. ^ "Maggie Rogers - Chart history (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  17. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Maggie Roggers – Alaska". Music Canada. Retrieved November 8, 2017.

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