Maggie Rogers is best known from a video that went viral last June when Pharell Williams was blown away while listening to her song “Alaska” in a workshop with NYU students. She is a songwriter, producer, and performer that combines folk, dance, and R&B into her own personal sound. Maggie grew up in the Eastern Shore of Maryland and began to play the harp at age of seven. Her early influences ranged from Gustav Holst and Vivaldi to Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. By the time she was in middle school, she was already playing piano, guitar and writing her own songs. Later on, studying at the St. Andrews School in Delaware, she fell in love with the banjo and folk music, and attended a Berklee School of Music program where she won the songwriting contest. During her senior year in 2012, Maggie recorded her first album “The Echo” in a broom closet. She included these demos in her application to New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and in 2014, she released her second album; “Blood Ballet”. Electronic music came to her life a while later, while studying abroad in France.
The video for “Alaska” was released last week and is directed by Zia Anger. The direction of photography is by Ashley Connor, the choreography is by Monica Mirabile and the dancers are Briana Archer, Zuri Marley, Talia Kirsh.
All images © Maggie Rogers – Alaska