Maggie Rogers Inspires Introspection On Debut Album
Rogers has built a persona singular for a woman in pop. She brings her unique, ethereal voice, with its timbre so reminiscent of
Joni Mitchell, to ground her commercially ambitious debut in something grittier. She looks like a natural girl with a
Glossier-esque sheen, a hiker whose nomad lifestyle inspired “Alaska,” who grew up beside a river in rural Maryland, a fan of classical and folk music whose first instrument was the harp; in short, she’s an outsider loaded down with authenticity. But that’s far from the whole truth about Rogers, whose bucolic home is a
$5 million piece of property, who went to St. Andrew’s boarding school in Delaware followed by a stint at Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU. She signed a deal with Capitol Records after a bidding war and through her own label, Debay Sounds, starting her off with a degree of control on the business side that few new artists enjoy. That’s right: Despite her legitimate cred, this is a
privileged woman and artist.