Music

Listen Now: New Music from Maggie Rose

Hear an exclusive premiere of the dynamic singer-songwriter’s “Are We There Yet,” steeped in the sounds of Muscle Shoals

photo: courtesy of maggie rose


Maggie Rose exudes seemingly boundless energy that defies categorization, from the country spirit she has displayed over eighty-plus appearances on the Grand Ole Opry stage to the funk, soul, and rock-and-roll sensibilities that have endeared the singer-songwriter to a loyal coalition of fans. But when she sat down with co-writers Melissa Fuller and Jason Afable in 2019 to write “Are We There Yet,” a standout track from her forthcoming album, Have a Seat, Rose was feeling run down. 

“I was wondering how much longer I’d have to feel like I was just scraping by: busy all the time, crisscrossing the country in a van, absolutely loving making music but growing exhausted by industry politics and inequities,” she says. “I couldn’t breathe for a moment, or consider starting a family, without feeling like everything would topple over. I was worried that I was headed for burnout. However, nothing counteracts these feelings better than gratitude.”

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The song, an invitation to appreciate the journey rather than focus on the next rung on the ladder, shows off Rose’s dynamic vocals while basking in a groove that sounds distinctly Muscle Shoals—fitting, as Have a Seat was recorded at the legendary FAME Studios. Produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, the album features appearances from a host of top-notch talents, including guitar hero Marcus King and Swampers bassist David Hood. And the turmoil of the year-plus since recording Have a Seat has offered Rose a new perspective on some of the album’s songs—particularly “Are We There Yet.” 

“My appreciation for what I had when I first wrote this song skyrocketed,” Rose says. “I almost felt ashamed of how I had constantly been in the ‘If only I had this, I’d be good’ mentality. I’m re-emerging with tremendous gratitude and connection to this music and the audience, feeling like, ‘Hey, I’ve made it. We all have made it together.’” 

An apt entry point to Have a Seat and to Rose’s catalog as a whole, “Are We There Yet” shows an artist at the top of her craft—and only improving. Stream “Are We There Yet” below. Have a Seat is set for release on August 20 and available for preorder here