Powerplay: Maggie Rogers – Alaska

Singer/songwriter Maggie Rogers combines folk, dance, and R&B into a powerfully emotional yet crowd-pleasing sound. Growing up in rural Maryland, Rogers began playing harp at age seven and loved the music of Gustav Holst and Vivaldi. Meanwhile, her mom played her neo-soul divas like Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill; by the time she was in middle school, she’d added piano, guitar, and songwriting to her repertoire. While studying at St. Andrews School in Delaware, she fell in love with the banjo and folk music, and attended a Berklee School of Music program during the summer after her junior year. Rogers won the program’s songwriting contest, which spurred her to focus on writing as high school came to a close. During her senior year, she turned a broom closet into a makeshift studio and recorded what became her first album, 2012’s The Echo; Rogers included her demos as part of her application to New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. She released another folky album, 2014’s Blood Ballet, during her sophomore year at the school. However, her sound was evolving, thanks in part to her discovery of electronic music while studying abroad in France. Rogers united the different strands of her music with huge success in 2016 with “Alaska,” a song she wrote in 15 minutes about a hiking trip for a masterclass with Pharrell Williams. A video of a visibly moved Williams listening to the song went viral – resulting in millions of views as well as hundreds of thousands of plays of The Echo and Blood Ballet. Rogers has released the finished version of “Alaska” and plans to release an EP in the not-too-distant future.
here at Music For Dreams Towers we love this track and we celebrate and salute the Talent of Maggie Rogers with powerplay on MFD radio.

 

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