Maggie Rogers On Her Rapid Rise To Fame, Singing With Sheryl Crow & Songwriting Catharsis
Maggie Rogers has a career arc like no other, and she's just getting started.
Ever since her NYU Masterclass video, which showed Pharrell tearing up at the sound of what would become her first single, "Alaska," went viral, Rogers has experienced unprecedented a level of overnight success experienced by very few new artists. In the time since, she released her debut album Heard It In A Past Life this past spring, and is currently on an expansive fall tour. She's also doing a killer job of staying grounded.
"Writing music has always been how I've processed," the singer told the Recording Academy prior to her recent performance at the GRAMMY Museum. "So much of this record that I made, Heard It In A Past Life, that is actively me processing this giant change that happened in my life. I write a song, and then I play it until I feel better, and then my life shifts, and then I write another song, and that's how albums have always happened for me. The thing that is most important to me is that I am doing this thing I love. It gives me this giant emotional release, and hopefully in some world it can do that for others. If that's all happening, then everything is good."
In the video above, Rogers delves further into her creative process and staying grounded in the face of extreme fame, plus what it was like to sing "Strong Enough" with one of her musical idols, Sheryl Crow, at Newport Folk Festival.