Maggie Rogers will be performing at Jazz Fest on April 23, 2020. Rogers is a singer-songwriter and producer from Brooklyn whose music can be best described as folk-pop with a hint of electronic dance. She was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2020.
Rogers was born and raised in eastern Maryland and learned to play the harp at the young age of seven years old. By the time she got to middle school, she was well versed in both piano and guitar and began songwriting. For high school, Rogers attended the esteemed boarding school St. Andrews. There she continued to play the harp in the orchestra, sang in the choir, and joined a jazz band. The summer after her junior year of high school, Rogers participated in a program at Boston's Berklee College of Music. After winning the program's songwriting contest, Rogers shifted her focus towards songwriting. For college, Rogers studied music engineering and production and English at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. She was discovered after Pharrell Williams played her now-hit song "Alaska" during a master class at the Institute. Rogers is now represented by Capitol Records and has an impressive fan base of millions worldwide.
Rogers' EP, Now That The Light Is Fading, was released in February of 2017. In 2018, she opened for both Mumford & Sons - Delta Tour and for Haim - Sister Sister Sister Tour. Rogers released her debut album, Heard It In a Past Life, in January of 2019. The album landed at number two on the US Billboard 200. Since then, Rogers has completed one world tour, which included stops at Coachella, Shaky Knees Music Festival, Forecastle Festival, and the Newport Folk Festival.
The majority of Rogers' songs feature heavenly melodies and playful lyrics that confront the stark realities of growing up and navigating change, as well as self-discovery and acceptance. The delicate, feminine melodies complement the abstract, profound motivations behind the lyrics. Her music is nothing but real and raw and sounds like something you would hear in a daydream.