Watch: America meets Maggie Rogers with an impressive ‘SNL’ debut performance

Indie-pop singer and songwriter Maggie Rogers isn’t quite what some would consider an overnight success. She is, however, continuing to build onto the moment momentum that was initially established by a viral video of Pharrell Williams vibrantly praising her then-rough song idea for what would be “Alaska” during a songwriting class when she was a music student at New York University. Rogers took a break from her ongoing tour schedule to return to New York City over the weekend for another milestone on her whirlwind journey, as she made her performance debut on “Saturday Night Live.” 

Rogers didn’t sing “Alaska,” but she did give viewers at home two wonderful performances of “Light On” and “Fallingwater,” which will appear on her debut album when it arrives early next year. Rogers was introduced by the night’s guest host Jonah Hill, who can be seen welcoming her and her band onto the shows set in the videos above and below. Rogers' angelic and crystal-clear vocals permeate the audience and television sets during the feel-good “Light On” (see above). Her voice and relaxed charisma simply compliment the music. If viewers look and listen closely, they’ll notice Lily Cato from Lily & The Parlour Tricks singing backup in Rogers’ band!

Prior to launching her career as a recording artist and songwriter, Rogers was also active in the media side of the industry. She interned for various music news websites, and even helped the acclaimed writer and journalist Lizzie Goodman work on her 2017 book, “Meet Me in the Bathroom," a non-fiction account of New York's rock scene throughout the 2000s. 

The performance of the two songs should hopefully give Rogers plenty of extra promotion ahead of her recently announced world tour. She’ll be completing her North American fall run with two final shows at Boston’s Royale tonight and tomorrow, followed by a stretch of dates opening for Mumford & Sons before 2018 comes to a close. Tickets for select shows on Rogers’ 2019 world tour are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.