MAGGIE ROGERS

MAGGIE ROGERS

For a long time, I've introduced myself as a banjo player from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I'm a hiker and an environmentalist. I'm an optimist. I'm loud.

I'm still all those things, but I went quiet for a few years. I cut my long hair short. I got a cat named Cat Stevens. I fell in love. I moved to New York, to France, and back.

Inevitably, I found my space in the place between knowing who I was and finding out who I am.

I'm a songwriter, producer, and performer from Brooklyn. I'm an optimist. I'm a feminist. I'm loud when I laugh. I'm freckled. I love my old jeans. I love pink eye shadow. I cry when I dance sometimes. I feel a lot, maybe too much, but in a song, it always seems to be just enough.

Meet Vera Blue, the new project from one of Australia’s most promising talents.

Cutting her teeth as a folk artist in the small town of Forbes and adopted home of Sydney, Vera Blue found her feet first as a singer and then an acoustic guitarist. Now, she’s found her sound, mixing the music she’s long loved with lush, sultry electronica. The results are sometimes gentle, sometimes ferocious and always show-stopping, with her commanding vocals front and centre.

The debut single from Vera Blue is Hold, the bewitching first taste of a five-track EP. Written together with veteran producers Andy and Tom Mac and Melbourne songstress Gossling, Hold matches acoustic guitar with piano, production and Vera Blue’s candid songwriting. The result is real, raw and powerful, with the purity of folk music and the punch of a bassline.

plus DJ Aaron Axelsen (popscene, Live105)

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