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Maggie Rogers Covers Whitney Houston's 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody': Watch

Maggie Rogers
Courtesy of The Strombo Show 

Maggie Rogers performs at the House Of Strombo. 

Maggie Rogers stopped by Canadian radio show The Strombo Show on Sunday (Feb. 3) to cover Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”

Accompanied by a sole acoustic guitar and backing vocals, Rogers reimagined the pop diva’s much-loved dance hit into a sparse, mournful ballad completely unlike the bright, bubbly '80s sound of the original.

In a wide-ranging interview with host George Stroumboulpoulos, Rogers also touched on everything from the conundrum of radio vs. streaming in 2019 to All Things Go, the all-female D.C.-based festival she curated with Lizzy Plapinger last fall, before explaining that the Whitney classic plays a particular role on her current tour.

“This song comes on after we finish playing our last song," she said, "and it’s been really special to see the crowd sort of turn into a dance party on its own with this song."

Rogers' path to music stardom -- as a college student at NYU, she brought Pharrell to tears after playing him her original song “Alaska” during a 2016 masterclass -- has been far from conventional. Rather than rushing to release a full-length LP, the folk-pop wunderkind spent years building buzz and refining her sound in the wake of being discovered by the Grammy-winning producer.

Her long-awaited full-length album, Heard It In A Past Life, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 this week (chart dated Feb. 2).

Watch Rogers' cover of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” below, starting at around the 23:01 mark.

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