LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 12:Maggie Rogers attends the 2019 Billboard Women In Music at Hollywood Palladium on December 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

You may have heard the name, Maggie Rogers, or seen it on the 2020 Firefly Music Festival Lineup that just came out a few weeks ago. What most people don’t know is, she graduated from a Delaware high school. Margaret Debay Rogers was born on April 25, 1994, and is an American singer-songwriter and record producer from Easton, Maryland. Most people know her for her song, “Alaska” which gave her her big break when she performed it in front of Pharrell Williams during a master class at NYU.

Watch This Heartwarming Video of Maggie Showing Her Song to Pharrell

Maggie’s Early Life

Maggie Rogers was raised in Easton Maryland, alongside the banks of Miles River. The young songwriter began playing the harp at age seven and was inspired by Gustav Holst and Antonio Vivaldi. By the time she entered middle school, she had added both piano and guitar to her musical repertoire. Lastly, she started writing songs in eighth grade. She then went on to attend a most prestigious boarding school in Delaware, St. Andrew’s, as well as The Gunston School in Maryland. In school, she played harp in the orchestra, sang in the choir, joined a jazz band, learned banjo and became infatuated with folk music, and taught herself how to produce.

After her junior year she enrolled herself in a Berklee College of Music program and won the songwriting contest, which really ignited the flame inside her to pursue songwriting. With such motivation from the program, she decided to turn a broom closet in her house into a makeshift home studio and recorded her first album, The Echo in 2012.

Where Is She Now?

Now, Maggie Rogers has been signed to Capitol Records, has performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, and Today Show. She has also guest performed with Dead & Company at Madison Square Garden and earned a nomination for Best New Artist at the 62nd Grammy Awards. And on top of all that, she has acquired a headliner performance at the upcoming 2020 Firefly Music Festival. 

Hollywood Kyle is the Digital Content Producer and Production Director of Mix 99.5 WJBR. Being a Delaware local, Kyle takes pride in his hometown and has had a love for music since a young age. Hollywood Kyle joins the Mix Morning Show for abstract thoughts and ideas during "Hollywood Kyle" segment around 9:40am Monday thru Friday.