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Maggie Rogers
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Rogers in 2019
Background information
Birth nameMargaret Debay Rogers
Born (1994-04-25) April 25, 1994 (age 25)
Easton, Maryland, U.S.
  • Singer-songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2012–present
Associated acts

Margaret Debay Rogers[1] (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.[2] She was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2020.[3]

Early life[edit]

Rogers grew up along the banks of the Miles River in Easton, Maryland. Her father is a now-retired Ford dealer and her mother, a former nurse, is now an end-of-life doula.[4] 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.[5] For high school, she attended the prestigious St. Andrew's boarding school in Delaware as well as The Gunston School in 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.[6]

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.[5] 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.[4] She secured admission and started in 2012.[4]

College years and discovery[edit]

At NYU, Rogers considered a career in music journalism, and in her freshman 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.[7][8]

Rogers 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."[9]

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.[10]

In 2016, after two years of writers' block,[8] 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 as a result, 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.[11][12]

Rogers graduated from New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in May 2016 with a degree in music engineering and production and English.[13][6][14]

Music career[edit]

After the Pharrell video went viral, several different record labels tried to sign Rogers.[4] 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.[8]

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.[15][16]

Rogers made her television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on February 15, 2017, Saturday Night Live debut on November 3, 2018 and Today Show debut on July 12, 2019.[17]

Rogers performing in 2019

Rogers cites Carrie Brownstein, Patti Smith, Kim Gordon, and Björk as her musical inspirations,[2] while prominent singers Brandi Carlile and Sharon Van Etten - who she calls her "musical big sisters" - have become mentors.[18] Rogers 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.[19]

Rogers guested with Dead & Company, performing "Friend of the Devil" and "The Weight" on November 1, 2019 at Madison Square Garden.

Rogers earned a nomination for Best New Artist at the 62nd Grammy Awards.




Opening Act


Rogers has performed at numerous festivals around the United States such as Coachella, Governors Ball, Lollapalooza, SXSW, Boston Calling, Outside Lands, Firefly, and Shaky Knees.[22]

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; A Campingflight 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 .[22]

Personal life[edit]

Rogers also engages in activism. 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.[23]

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." [24]


Rogers has been praised in the media for standing up against sexist comments made during one of her performances. During the ACL Live performance at the Moody Theater in Austin on October 19, 2019, one man asked her to "free the nips" while another yelled out "you cute though".[26] Rogers went to social media to express her anger and was praised by her followers, the public and media outlets.[27][28]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales

Heard It in a Past Life 2 8 10 92 30 95 18 49 25

Independent albums[edit]

Title Album details
The Echo
  • Release date: May 18, 2012[39]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Blood Ballet
  • Release date: July 2, 2014[40]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Extended plays[edit]

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


Now That the Light Is Fading 39 4


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








"Alaska" 2016 13 15 18 13 Now That the Light Is Fading
"Dog Years"
"On and Off" 2017 20 44
"Split Stones" Non-album single
"Fallingwater" 2018 11 Heard It in a Past Life
"Give a Little"
"Light On" 1 31 9 26 35 40
"Burning" 2019 6 50 32
"Love You for a Long Time"[52] 1 7 45 44 27 TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Association Category Nominated Work Result Ref
2020 Grammy Awards Best New Artist Herself Nominated [53]


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  2. ^ a b Mark Guiducci (September 29, 2016). "Meet Maggie Rogers, The Pharrell Williams-Approved Producer - Vogue". Vogue. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "2020 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominees List". November 18, 2019. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d Pappademas, Alex (January 17, 2019). "Maggie Rogers Went Viral. Then She Had to Become Herself Again". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "INTERVIEW: Maggie Rogers". ThrdCoast. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Seabrook, John (April 29, 2019). "Maggie Rogers Wants to Keep It Real". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  7. ^ Goodman, Lizzy (2017). Meet Me in the Bathroom. New York: Dey Street/HarperCollins. p. 595.
  8. ^ a b c Romero, Cait Munro,Ramona Rosales,Shalev Lavan,Sienree at Celestine Agency,Amy Chance at Celestine Agency,Kaitlyn Darby at Lalaland,Vero. "Maggie Rogers Didn't Plan On Becoming Famous—Really". Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  9. ^ "Maggie Rogers – Blood Ballet – Emotional, captivating singer songwriter sings her heart". Ear To The Ground Music. June 30, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  10. ^ "The Shapeshifting Singer-songwriter". Interview Magazine. December 16, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  11. ^ "Maggie Rogers - Biography - Billboard". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  12. ^ "From college to a sold-out tour in one year: Maggie Rogers performs in The Current studio". Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  13. ^ Rogers, Maggie (May 18, 2017). "A photo from my graduation, a yr ago today. Thank you to every1 who's supported me since - what a ride it's been. Here's to the future.". @maggierogers. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  14. ^ Weir, Keziah (August 22, 2017). "How Maggie Rogers Went From ELLE Intern to Viral Pop Sensation". ELLE. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  15. ^ Katherine St. Asaph (February 16, 2017). "Maggie Rogers: Now That the Light Is Fading Album Review - Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Now That the Light Is Fading - EP by Maggie Rogers on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  17. ^ Guilbault, Kristy. "For Her 'SNL' Debut, Maggie Rogers Performs 'Light On' And 'Fallingwater'". Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  18. ^ Nast, Condé. "This Time Around, Maggie Rogers Wants Grooves, Not Tears". Vanity Fair. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  19. ^ "Pharrell Williams Masterclass with Students at NYU Clive Davis Institute". YouTube. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  20. ^ Reed, Ryan (March 20, 2019). "Maggie Rogers Extends 2019 North American Tour". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  21. ^ Tweardy, Adam (October 29, 2019). "Kacey Musgraves and Maggie Rogers End Their Tours Together at Bridgestone Arena". WRVU.
  22. ^ a b "Maggie Rogers's Concert & Tour History | Concert Archives". Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  23. ^ "Listen to "Give a Little" by Maggie Rogers". Retrieved November 12, 2019 – via
  24. ^ "Maggie Rogers interview: Playing the Ryman, meeting Dolly and covering John Prine". Tennessean.
  25. ^ "Travis Scott, Maggie Rogers Pledge Merch Proceeds to Planned Parenthood & Yellowhammer Fund After Alabama Abortion Ban". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  26. ^ "Singer Maggie Rogers stands up to heckler who told her to take her top off". CNN Entertainment. Amanda Jackson. October 22, 2019. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  27. ^ McCarthy, Tyler (October 21, 2019). "Maggie Rogers sexually harassed onstage while she was performing". Fox News. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  28. ^ Rogers, Maggie (October 20, 2019). ""take your top off"". Retrieved November 12, 2019.
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  38. ^ "Future Earns Sixth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'WIZRD'". Billboard. January 27, 2019. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  39. ^ "The Echo - Maggie Rogers". May 18, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2017 – via Bandcamp.
  40. ^ "Blood Ballet - Maggie Rogers". July 2, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2017 – via Bandcamp.
  41. ^ "Maggie Rogers - Chart history (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  42. ^ "Maggie Rogers - Chart history (Heatseeker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  43. ^ "Maggie Rogers - Chart history (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  44. ^ "Maggie Rogers – Chart history (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  45. ^ "Maggie Rogers – Chart History (Alternative Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  46. ^ "Maggie Rogers - Chart history (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
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  48. ^ "Maggie Rogers – Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  49. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. October 22, 2018. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
    • "Love You for a Long Time": "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. December 2, 2019. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  50. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Maggie Roggers – Alaska". Music Canada. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  51. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Maggie Roggers – Light On". Music Canada. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  52. ^ @maggierogers (November 19, 2019). "love you for a long time. thursday 🌹" (Tweet). Retrieved November 20, 2019 – via Twitter.
  53. ^ "2020 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominees List". November 18, 2019. Retrieved November 20, 2019.

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