Not everyone breaks through by making someone cry. Maggie Rogers made Pharrell cry when he first heard her music. She is that good!
With a background in banjo and folk, it wasn’t written in the stars that Maggie Rogers would become one of America’s biggest pop hopes. She made a couple of folk albums which lived their own quiet lives, she moved to France for a while, but things really changed when she returned to the States. She signed up for a master class with Pharrell Williams in 2016, wrote a song in 15 minutes and soon saw the wet eyes of the pop guru.
The song was “Alaska”, and Maggie Rogers had a hit on her hands. The following couple of years, Rogers showed what many of us could use a little bit of – patience. She released a few singles and an EP, she played a few shows and she enjoyed her television debut.
This year, she finally released her first major label album Heard It in a Past Life, which almost went straight to #2 on the Billboard chart. It’s an album that shows the many fascinating sides of Rogers, from her folky roots to the danceable grooves, almost with a knack for the great pop hook.