Who is Maggie Rogers? SNL's Musical Guest!
Alaskan singer Maggie Rogers’ neurological condition, synesthesia and songwriting ability perfectly blend together to give us some music masterpieces.
Who is Maggie Rogers?
Born on April 25, 1994, Maggie grew up in rural Maryland playing harp at the tender age of 7, and got into piano, guitar and songwriting, while she was in middle school. Interested in the banjo and folk music, she enrolled in Berklee College of Music program after her junior year during the summer and won its songwriting contest. For her first album, The Echo, which she released in 2012, she turned her broom closet into a makeshift studio. She included her demos as a part of her application to New York University’s Clive Davis Roger of Recorded Music.
During her two-year period of writer’s block in freshman year in college, she dabbled in journalism and interned for music journalist Lizzy Goodman. She was a key assistant of Lizzy on her book, Meet Me in the Bathroom, Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001–2011. During her sophomore year at the school, she released her second independent folk album, Blood Ballet, in 2014. She got inspired to jump into another genre after she studied abroad in Berlin in 2015 and visited the city’s dance clubs.
Meet with Pharrell Williams!
While she was a college senior, she got her life-changing feedbacks from unique and prolific songwriter and rapper, Pharrell Williams during a master class. She stunned the 45 years old musician with her richly textured electro-pop song, Alaska, which she wrote in 15 minutes for the class. Right after the video of Pharrell reacting to her song became an internet sensation in no time with millions of views, she even scored a major record deal. Her songs, Alaska and Dog Years, were ranked 64 and 173 respectively, on Triple J Hottest 100 in 2016.
More recently, she released her debut EP, Now That the Light Is Fading, on February 17, 2017. She made her debut appearance on TV with her breakthrough track, Alaska, in February 2017 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. As of now, she is busy performing throughout the US, the UK, Ireland and Canada. More recently, she was SNL’s musical guest, which can be considered as one of her big breaks.
She hit the headlines after Pete jokingly proposed her for marriage, which she denied. Pete mocks himself saying ‘0-3,’ referring to the number of relationships that haven’t worked out for him.