Allow me to introduce you to Indie’s new It-Girl, Maggie Rogers. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter is making waves following the release of her debut album, Heard It In A Past Life, which was released on Jan. 18 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.
The Maryland native went viral in 2016 when a video of her playing her song “Alaska” for Pharrell Williams during a master class New York University surfaced online. The video created a meme of Pharrell and put Rogers on the map. She followed the spike in popularity with the release of her 2017 EP, Now That the Light Is Fading. The EP featured “Alaska”, as well as “On + Off”; both which earned a place on Heard It In A Past Life.
With a single listen to her album, you can’t help but hear the influences of Stevie Nicks, Patti Smith and Florence Welch. Rogers embodies the aesthetic of Nicks in the track “Past Life,” and even references the Rock legend in “Retrograde.” Recently she was joined by Welch on stage at her London tour stop to perform “Light On,” her first #1 song. The track topped the Adult Alternative Songs Chart at the beginning of January.
In November, Rogers served as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live and delivered a captivating performance of “Fallingwater” that caught the attention of celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and John Mayer. Mayer even put multiple videos of her performance on his Instagram story and one of them had the caption, “That was so good I have tears in my eyes. Well her life is different tomorrow.”
Heard It In A Past Life is an album full of stories. Beginning with the fun “Give A Little” and closing with “Back In My Body,” a song that left me in tears after listening to it, Heard In A Past Life is an album for those going through life and trying to figure out where they should land. Its also a perfect album for summer car rides with the windows down.
After receiving critical acclaim for her debut album, Rogers is a clear contender to nab a nomination for Best New Artist at next year’s Grammy Awards.
Rogers is currently on a sold-out tour in support of her debut album. Don’t be discouraged if you feel like your missing your shot to see her live; she just announced a number of festival appearances for the spring and summer. But if you can’t get out to see a show, here is a video of her electric performance of “Burning” for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to hold you over.