Photos by Eric Tsurumoto
Most 24-year-olds can’t say that they’ve already played SNL, secured a prime slot at Coachella, and gained the support of Pharell Williams––but most 24-year-olds aren’t Maggie Rogers, the Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist who has stolen the hearts of many with her folksy dance pop.
A musician since middle school, Maggie pursued her musical career at NYU’s Clive Davis School of Recorded Music. In 2016, a clip of Pharell reacting to what would become her hit song “Alaska” during class went viral on YouTube, and catapulted Maggie into one of the biggest artists to watch. Her 2018 album, Heard It In A Past Life, which bounces between sparkling production and raw vulnerability, has proven her as one of the most promising singer-songwriters of today.
Her accompanying headline tour hit the Philly on March 30, where she sold out the Fillmore Philadelphia. Opening with her Haim-esque bop “Give A Little,” Maggie kept the energy high the whole night, dancing along with the crowd and losing herself in the music. Framing herself with a spectacle of colored lights, Maggie was unafraid to stomp, hair flip, and groove while working through her discography. Clearly already a natural at owning big venues so early in her career.
Her larger-than-life voice has been compared to Florence Welch, and with her superhuman ability to effortlessly slide between belting and softly crooning, the comparison certainly checks out live. By the time she ended her encore with the transcendent “Fallingwater,” the entire audience was captured by her infectious personality and clear love for performing.
Check out our gallery from Maggie Rogers’ Philly show, and be sure to catch her on the remainder of her Heard It In A Past Life tour!