Burning – Maggie Rogers
Lyrics in the description of above YouTube video
Singer/songwriter Maggie Rogers combines folk, dance, and R&B into an emotional yet crowd-pleasing sound. After self-releasing two albums of introspective, acoustic songs and falling in love with dance music while in college, her first major success came with 2016’s viral hit “Alaska.” On later releases like her 2019 debut album Heard It in a Past Life, she gave her music a pop polish while remaining true to her roots.
Growing up in Easton, Maryland, Rogers began playing harp at age seven and loved the music of Gustav Holst and Vivaldi. Meanwhile, her mom played her neo-soul divas like Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill; by the time she was in middle school, she’d added piano, guitar, and songwriting to her repertoire. While studying at St. Andrews School in Delaware, she fell in love with the banjo and folk music, and attended a Berklee School 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, 2012’s The Echo; Rogers included her demos as part of her application to New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. During her freshman year, she transcribed and edited the interviews that became the 2017 book Meet Me in the Bathroom while she was an intern for music journalist Lizzy Goodman. She released another folky album, 2014’s Blood Ballet, while she was a sophomore.
Meet Maggie Rogers: