ACL Live at the Moody Theater, October 19 & 20
By Holly Cowart
It took me no time at all to become a fan of Maggie Rogers. Less than a minute into her soothing melodies, I was conjuring up images of wide-open roads, late-summer nights and twilight campfires. The singer-songwriter is a storyteller, and her medium is music. With thoughtful lyrics, nostalgic vocals and a folksy-yet-modern sound, Rogers has found a clear vision of who she is as an artist.
If you’re wondering why the rural Maryland native looks so familiar, you may recognize her from a video that went viral in 2016. While a student at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, mogul Pharrell Williams dropped in on the aspiring musicians for a surprise masterclass. One by one, he listened in on their in-progress tracks and shared words of wisdom. After hearing an early version of Rogers’ now hit song “Alaska,” a visibly shocked Williams gave her zero critiques, saying, “I’ve never heard anyone like you before.”
What makes Rogers so endearing is her natural ability to depict emotional human experiences — those of change, fear and discovery. With her debut album, Heard It in a Past Life, released in January, she’s already selling out stages across the country and quickly solidifying her newfound place on the music charts. Her timeless talents are undoubtedly here to stay.