photo by Katia Temkin
Growing up in rural Maryland, Rogers began playing harp at age seven, and loved the music of Gustav Holst and Vivaldi. Her mom would play neo-soul divas such Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill.
By the time she was in middle school, Rogers had added piano, guitar, and songwriting to her repertoire. In high school, she fell in love with the banjo and folk music, and attended a Berklee College of Music program during the summer after her junior year. Rogers won the program’s songwriting contest, which spurred her to focus on writing as high school came to a close.
During her senior year, she turned a broom closet into a makeshift studio and recorded what became her first album, The Echo (2012). Rogers included her demos as part of her application to New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. She released another folk album, Blood Ballet (2014), during her sophomore year at the school.
Rogers united the different strands of her music with huge success in 2016 with “Alaska“, a song she wrote in 15 minutes about a hiking trip for a masterclass with Pharrell Williams.
In addition to “Alaska”, she has released two other singles, “Dog Years” and “On + Off”, which are included on her debut major-label extended play (EP), Now That the Light Is Fading.