Maggie Rogers

April 25, 1994
  • Growing up, Maggie Rogers learned to play the harp when she was just seven years old, then turned her attention to playing guitar and banjo, impressing high school classmates with covers of Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead.
  • Rogers recorded her first album, The Echo, in a broom closet at her school, New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.
  • When she presented her song "Alaska" to Pharrell Williams, during a masterclass with students at NYU, the performance nearly moved the producer to tears. A video of a visibly moved Williams listening to the tune was posted on Reddit, which subsequently went viral. "I started getting a lot of texts," Rogers recalled to Rolling Stone. "I didn't even know what Reddit was."
  • Maggie Rogers once owned a pet cat appropriately named Cat Stevens.
  • Maggie Rogers has synaesthesia, where she see colors when she hears music. Coldplay's Chris Martin, Pharrell, Lorde and John Mayer also have the same neurological condition.
  • Maggie Rogers attended St Andrew's, an artistically minded boarding school in Delaware. It's the place that provided the setting for Robin Williams' 1989 movie Dead Poets Society. "It's totally like that in real life," she beamed to Q Magazine. "It's amazing it's like Peter Pan school. There were no cell phones, no internet, no TV. At 18, I'd be playing cards in the dining hall on a Saturday night."
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