Maggie Shows Pharrell An "Unfinished" Song
In case you haven't already seen the heartwarming moment which sparked Maggie Rogers' big break, here it is. While attending NYU, Rogers had the opportunity to play one of her "unfinished" songs in front of Pharrell Williams, musician and record producer himself, whom we all have at least heard of before.
Maggie Rogers' Early Life
Maggie Rogers was raised in Easton Maryland, alongside the banks of Miles River. The young songwriter began playing the harp at age seven and was inspired by Gustav Holst and Antonio Vivaldi. By the time she entered middle school, she had added both piano and guitar to her musical repertoire. Lastly, she started writing songs in eighth grade. She then went on to attend a most prestigious boarding school in Delaware, St. Andrew’s, as well as The Gunston School in Maryland. In school, she played harp in the orchestra, sang in the choir, joined a jazz band, learned banjo and became infatuated with folk music, and taught herself how to produce.
After her junior year she enrolled herself in a Berklee College of Music program and won the songwriting contest, which really ignited the flame inside her to pursue songwriting. With such motivation from the program, she decided to turn a broom closet in her house into a makeshift home studio and recorded her first album, The Echo in 2012.
Now, Maggie Rogers has been signed to Capitol Records, has performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, and Today Show. She has also guest performed with Dead & Company at Madison Square Garden and earned a nomination for Best New Artist at the 62nd Grammy Awards. And on top of all that, she has acquired a headliner performance at the upcoming 2020 Firefly Music Festival.