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Ingrid Michaelson
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Michaelson in 2012
Background information
Birth nameIngrid Ellen Michaelson [1]
Born1979 (age 3940) [2]
New York City, U.S. [2]
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2005–present
Associated acts

Ingrid Ellen Michaelson is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Her first album, Slow the Rain, was released in 2005, and she has since released six more albums, Girls and Boys, Be OK, Everybody, Human Again, Lights Out, and her most recent, It Doesn't Have to Make Sense. Her two highest-charting singles are "The Way I Am" and "Girls Chase Boys," at No. 37 and No. 52 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.

<i>Slow the Rain</i> 2005 studio album by Ingrid Michaelson

Slow the Rain is the debut full-length studio album recorded by American pop singer Ingrid Michaelson. It was self-released on January 10, 2005.

<i>Girls and Boys</i> (album) 2006 studio album by Ingrid Michaelson

Girls and Boys is the second studio album from American pop singer Ingrid Michaelson. It was self-released on May 16, 2006. Some of the album's songs have been featured in the television series Grey's Anatomy. Michaelson's record label Cabin 24 Records re-released the album on September 18, 2007 and it peaked at No. 62 on the Billboard 200.

<i>Be OK</i> (album) 2008 compilation album by Ingrid Michaelson

Be OK is a compilation album by the musician Ingrid Michaelson. It was released on October 14, 2008. It entered the Billboard 200 chart at 35, with 15,000 copies sold in its first week.


Early life

Michaelson is half Swedish, [4] and was born in 1979 in New York City, [2] to artistic parents. Her father, Carl Michaelson, was a manager of copyrights for the publishing company Carl Fischer Music and a composer on the side ("The Praise of Christmas"). [2] Her mother, Elizabeth Egbert, was a sculptor, of Dutch ancestry. [5] Michaelson took up piano at age four, and trained until seven at Manhattan's Third Street Music School, continuing for many more years at the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island's Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute. While there she met vocal coach Elizabeth McCullough, who worked with her through high school. [6] She is a graduate of Staten Island Technical High School and Binghamton University, where she received a degree in theater. [6] While at Binghamton University she was a member of the Binghamtonics, a co-ed a cappella group, as well as the Pappy Parker Players, an improv comedy group, and the theatre repertory company under Sue Peters. Her time at Binghamton is mentioned in the song "The Hat." She grew up doing[ clarification needed ] a musical theater group called "Kids On Stage."

Carl Fischer Music American music publishing company

Carl Fischer Music is a major sheet music publisher, based in New York City's East Village since 1872. The company has since moved to the Wall Street area in 2013. After 140 years, the company remains a family-owned business, publishing both performance and educational music for students, teachers, and virtuosos. Carl Fischer's composers and editors give clinics and sessions all over the country, and the company claims to serve more than 1400 retailers around the world.

Staten Island Technical High School Specialized high school in New York City

Staten Island Technical High School, commonly called Staten Island Tech or SITHS, was founded in 1988. Located in Staten Island, New York City, the school is operated by the New York City Department of Education. In 2005, Staten Island Tech became the only Specialized High School in Staten Island. It consistently ranks among the best schools in New York City in graduation rate, Regents test scores, and attendance. In 2012, SITHS was ranked #1 on the New York Post's list of the city's best high schools, #77 in the nation on U.S. News & World Report's list of Best High Schools, and #23 on their list of the nation's top schools in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Binghamton University university

The State University of New York at Binghamton, commonly referred to as Binghamton University and SUNY Binghamton, is a public research university with campuses in Binghamton, Vestal, and Johnson City, New York, United States. It is one of the four university centers in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. As of Fall 2018, 17,768 undergraduate and graduate students attend the university. The Vestal campus is listed as a census-designated place, with a residential population of 6,177 as of the 2010 Census.

Musical career

2006–08: Girls & Boys

In 2006, Michaelson independently put out her second album, Girls and Boys . The album, like her previous music, was streamed on Myspace. A music producer from the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy found her music online. After being contacted by the music producer, Michaelson began to be approached by several record companies. Wanting to retain all of the rights she had as an independent artist, Michaelson developed a deal with Original Signal Recordings, acting as the marketing and distribution arm for Michaelson's label. Through Original Signal, Michaelson re-released Girls and Boys into mainstream marketing on September 18, 2007. It peaked at #63 on The Billboard charts [7] and received positive reviews from critics. [8] [9] Additionally, in 2007, "The Way I Am," a song from her album Girls and Boys, began being featured in an Old Navy commercial. The 30-second ad played on the major US networks and most prime-time shows for a few days. In less than three weeks, more than 65 appearances in prime-time had been made, including 17 season premieres. [10]

Grey's Anatomy is an American medical drama television series that premiered on March 27, 2005, on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) as a mid-season replacement. The fictional series focuses on the lives of surgical interns, residents, and attending physicians, as they develop into seasoned doctors while trying to maintain personal lives and relationships. The title is a play on Gray's Anatomy, a classic human anatomy textbook first published in 1858 in London and written by Henry Gray. Shonda Rhimes developed the pilot and continues to write for the series; she is also one of the executive producers, along with Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, Rob Corn, Mark Wilding, and Allan Heinberg. Although the series is set in Seattle, it is filmed primarily in Los Angeles, California.

Original Signal Recordings is an American independent record label based in New York City. Original Signal is owned and operated by Music Nation, distributed by Universal Motown Republic Group, and is a member of the American Association of Independent Music. Original Signal was founded in 2007 by CEO Daniel Klaus and President Lucas Mann. Mann was named to Billboard magazine's fourth annual "30 Under 30" Power Players list.

The Billboard charts tabulate the relative weekly popularity of songs and albums in the United States and elsewhere. The results are published in Billboard magazine. Billboard biz, the online extension of the Billboard charts, provides additional weekly charts. There are also Year End charts. The charts may be dedicated to specific genre such as R&B, country or rock, or they may cover all genres. The charts can be ranked according to sales, streams or airplay, and for main song charts such as the Hot 100 song chart, all three pools of data are used to compile the charts. For the Billboard 200 album chart, streams and track sales are included in addition to album sales.

2008–10: Be OK and Everybody

Ingrid Michaelson at Melkweg Amsterdam Ingrid Michaelson at Melkweg Amsterdam (2).jpg
Ingrid Michaelson at Melkweg Amsterdam

In 2008, Michaelson released her third album, and first compilation album, Be OK . The album debuted at #35 on the Billboard Charts and received mixed to positive reviews. The album features the single, "Be OK", which received a large amount of exposure on several shows and commercials. Michaelson joined the Hotel Cafe Tour that fall in support of the album, whose proceeds went toward cancer research. [11] In 2009, Michaelson released her fourth album, Everybody . Everybody debuted on #18 on the Billboard charts and received positive reviews. It features the single "Maybe", which received positive reviews and was featured on several television programs. Her show in Sydney, Australia at the Metro Theater is available online at MoshCam, a website that shows pre-recorded concerts.

Be OK (Ingrid Michaelson song) 2008 single by Ingrid Michaelson

"Be OK" is the first single from Ingrid Michaelson's third studio album, Be OK.

<i>Everybody</i> (Ingrid Michaelson album) 2009 studio album by Ingrid Michaelson

Everybody is the fourth album by Ingrid Michaelson. The album was released on August 25, 2009 on Cabin 24 Records. The first single from the album, "Maybe", was released on July 14, 2009.

Maybe (Ingrid Michaelson song) single by Ingrid Michaelson

"Maybe" is the first single off Ingrid Michaelson's fourth studio album, Everybody. The song was featured on the ABC medical drama Body of Proof in the episode "Society Hill", the sixth episode of the first season. It was also used in Season 4 of the USA network show In Plain Sight in the episode "I'm a Liver, Not a Fighter," at the end of "The Glades" Season 3 Episode 2, and in a Hair Cuttery commercial.

2010–12: Parachute and Human Again

Signage announcing Michaelson at the Wiltern 2012 Ingrid Michaelson at the Wiltern, 27 April 2012 (6980127836).jpg
Signage announcing Michaelson at the Wiltern 2012

In 2010, Michaelson digitally released the single "Parachute," a song that she wrote but was used by Cheryl Cole on her album 3 Words . The song has not been featured on any albums, but is available on both iTunes and In 2012, Michaelson released her fifth album, Human Again . Human Again debuted at #5 on the Billboard charts and received very positive reviews, with critics praising the album's unique sound. Michaelson's first tour leg for the album, The Human Again Tour, was sold out almost every night of the tour. Since the first tour, Michaelson has continued to tour on three other legs, two in North America, and one across the world. The first leg of Michaelson's tour was held from April to May. The second leg, The Human Again Summer Tour, was held from June to August. The Third Leg, The Human Again Fall Tour, began in September. Michaelson also played three shows in Australia, where Human Again was the first formally released record of hers there.

<i>3 Words</i> 2009 studio album by Cheryl Cole

3 Words is the debut studio album by English singer Cheryl Cole released on 23 October 2009 by Fascination Records. Cole's first solo performance was on American rapper's "Heartbreaker" (2008), on which she sang additional vocals. Following this it was announced that Cole's band Girls Aloud would take a break from releasing material who, at the time of the album's release, had enjoyed five successful albums and twenty consecutive top-ten singles. In April 2009, Cole started working on solo material in Los Angeles and London mainly collaborated with, who served as executive producer of the album.

In September 2012, she was featured in a campaign called "30 Songs / 30 Days" to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book. [12]

2014–2015: Lights Out

On February 4, 2014, Michaelson released the lead single, "Girls Chase Boys", from her album Lights Out . The song reached number 52 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Afterlife" and "Time Machine" were released as the second and third singles with moderate commercial success.

On April 25, 2014, Lights Out was released. The deluxe edition, which was released in November later that year, contains an additional 6 bonus tracks.

2016–2017: It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense and Alter Egos

On April 29, 2016, Michaelson released the song "Hell No". [13] It serves as the lead single from her seventh studio album, It Doesn't Have to Make Sense , which was released on August 26, 2016, through Cabin 24 Records. [14] In support of the album, Michaelson embarked on the "Hell No Tour" beginning October 6, 2016, in Cincinnati, OH. [15]

On 12 May 2017, a 5 track EP titled Alter Egos was released. It consists of re-worked songs from It Doesn't Have To Make Sense with guest vocalists on each track.

2018–present: Ingrid Michaelson's Songs for the Season

On October 26, 2018, Michaelson released a Christmas album called Ingrid Michaelson's Songs for the Season. [16] [17]


In 2006, Michaelson teamed up with William Fitzsimmons on his album Goodnight, which was released that same year.

Michaelson and her friend Sara Bareilles co-wrote "Winter Song" which was featured on The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs, a compilation of both original recordings as well as classic holiday tracks sung by a lineup of female singer-songwriters. Michaelson also worked with Bareilles, performing "Winter Song" for President Obama and his family as well as many spectators at the National Christmas Tree Lighting in December 2010. In 2011, "Winter Song" reached number 2 on the Irish Singles Chart. [18]

Michaelson provided back-up vocals on two songs from PlayRadioPlay!'s album Texas, including "I'm a Pirate, You're a Princess" and the title track, "Texas."

She provided back-up vocals on Greg Laswell's album, Take A Bow, which was released on May 4, 2010. Collaboration was done on the songs "Take Everything," "My Fight (For You)," and "Come Clean." [19] [20]

Michaelson's band mate, Allie Moss released a 2009 EP entitled Passerby. A single from the EP, "Corner," was picked up in the United Kingdom by British Telecommunications for their BT Infinity television commercials. Other past and present band members include Chris Kuffner (bass), Bess Rogers (guitar), Saul Simon MacWilliams (keys), Billy Libby (guitar), Sarab Singh (drums) and Elliot Jacobson (drums).

In 2010, Michaelson co-wrote a song entitled "Parachute" with Marshall Altman which was covered by British singer Cheryl Cole on her debut solo album 3 Words ; it peaked at number five on the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom. She initially felt the track was "so poppy" that she could not release it herself. However, after the song was reworked by "Everybody" producer Dan Romer to make a more "interesting, funky production," Michaelson released the song as a personal single. [21] There are two different music videos for the song.

Of the release of "Parachute" and upcoming material, Michaelson explained in a 2010 interview with, "I just felt like I wanted to put something out. I'm not ready to put a full album out, so we thought we'd put this out and see how people take it or don't take it." She said that she expects to release her next album, "probably in the middle of next year." [22]

In 2012, Michaelson and Laswell co-wrote and sang the duet "Landline," which appeared on his album of the same name.

Her 2014 album, Lights Out, was very much a collaborative effort. "On all my previous records, I’d written all the songs myself. It was one producer and me locked in a room for months," she said. "Not that that was bad, but I think that everything has a season. I never wanted to kind of give up control. I think I’m letting go of a lot of things – embracing the idea of allowing people to help me in all facets of my life. I think that I was a bit of a control freak, and I’m just more open to letting people be part of things that they weren’t part of before. It’s really liberating. I had the best time ever on the last record. It was just really wonderful to be able to share the success with other people." [23] She has also appeared on The Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick.


Michaelson played the role of Sonya Rostova temporarily in the Broadway musical, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 from July 3 to August 13, 2017, while actress Brittain Ashford was on leave. [24]

Michaelson is writing the music and lyrics to a musical adaptation of The Notebook. [25] [26]


Michaelson made her film debut in the comedy film Humor Me, which was released January 12, 2018. [27]

Personal life

Michaelson married fellow musician Greg Laswell in 2011. [28] They divorced in 2015. [29]

Michaelson identifies as a feminist. [30]

In late 2015, Michaelson announced her relationship with film and stage actor Will Chase. [31]


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