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.
Author: Kyle Sobieski
Kyle Sobieski is a digital content producer and founder of First State Studios. With a background in music and songwriting under the pseudonym Pierce Frolic, Kyle personally knows the amount of work and determination that goes into becoming an artist of any medium. Towards the end of high school, Kyle realized the lack of support in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware for the arts and underground talents. So he began digging deeper into the lives of local artists, and thus, First State Studios was born. Sobieski has a diverse musical palette and loves nothing more in life than seeing people who are passionate and courageous with what they do. "It's these people who make the world a more colorful, intimate place for everybody."