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Ingrid Michaelson

With her piano-fueled songwriting, witty wordplay, and slight vocal vibrato, Ingrid Michaelson carried the tradition of the female singer/songwriter into the 21st century. Befitting a musician of the digital age, Michaelson first gained wide exposure not through sales but instead through tracks on soundtracks, including Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill. Born and raised on New York's Staten Island to an artist mother and classical composer father, she began exploring music with piano lessons at the age of four. After college, she toured with a national theater troupe and spent her free time writing songs, later compiling them into an online-distributed recording entitled Slow the Rain. Michaelson blazed her own trail by independently issuing her proper debut, the engaging Girls and Boys, in 2006; following the inclusion of her music in several episodes of Grey's Anatomy, she then released a remastered version of the album on her own Cabin 24 Records in January 2007. Three months later, she won a national songwriting contest sponsored by Mountain Stage, a radio program produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed worldwide. "The Way I Am" was then picked up by Old Navy, who used it to soundtrack one of their clothing commercials, and Michaelson began making headlines as one of the country's most promising independent artists. A benefit project comprising live recordings, new songs, and rarities, Be OK was released in 2008. Michaelson joined the Hotel Cafe Tour that fall in support of the album, whose proceeds went toward cancer research; she later toured Europe alongside Jason Mraz. For her "proper" follow-up to Girls and Boys, Michaelson retreated to a Manhattan studio alongside producer Dan Romer. Forty newly composed songs were whittled down to a total of 12, with more emphasis being paid to the songwriter's peppier material. Featuring a string section on several songs, 2009's Everybody proved to be Michaelson's most expansive, confident effort to date, and she followed its release with another cross-country fall tour. In 2012, she returned with her fifth studio album, Human Again, with production from David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor, Stevie Nicks, the Bangles) and featuring the single "Ghost." It earned critical praise and performed better on the charts than any of her previous albums. The follow-up, Lights Out, appeared in April 2014, featuring a number of songwriting collaborations and guest appearances including Mat Kearney, A Great Big World, and then-husband Greg Laswell. In the spring of 2016, Michaelson teased her seventh album with the hooky breakup single "Hell No," which she co-wrote with country songwriters Barry Dean and Luke Laird. The album, It Doesn't Have to Make Sense, appeared in late August of that year and featured more intensely personal material than her previous LP. She followed up in May 2017 with a companion EP titled Alter Egos, which featured reinterpretations of songs from the album and included guest appearances from Tegan and Sara, Lucius, Sara Bareilles, and others. ~ Katherine Fulton & Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring
Ingrid Michaelson

    Female Focus

    Female Focus
    9 songs

    Adult Alternative

    Adult Alternative
    4 songs

    Adult Rock

    Adult Rock
    4 songs

    Acoustic Rock

    Acoustic Rock
    1 song

    Coffeehouse Corner

    1 song

    Kids Pop

    1 song

    Lite Hits

    1 song

Albums by
Ingrid Michaelson

Top Songs by
Ingrid Michaelson

  1.   Song
  2.   The Way I Am
  3.   Girls Chase Boys
  4.   Be OK
  5.   Ghost
  6.   Maybe
  7.   Winter Song by Sara Bareilles
  8.   Everybody
  9.   You and I
  10.   Time Machine
  11.   Afterlife
  12.   Soldier
  13.   Wonderful Unknown
  14.   Breakable
  15.   Die Alone
  16.   Sort Of
  17.   Keep Breathing
  18.   Hell No
  19.   [Untitled]
  20.   Old Days
  21.   Celebrate
  22.   Warpath
  23.   Can't Help Falling In Love
  24.   Over You by A Great Big World
  25.   This is War
  26.   One Night Town
  27.   Over The Rainbow
  28.   Parachute
  29.   The Chain
  30.   Stick
  31.   Open Hands by Trent Dabbs
  32.   Home
  33.   So Long
  34.   Do It Now
  35.   Lady In Spain
  36.   Our Secret
  37.   Ready To Lose by Trent Dabbs
  38.   You Got Me
  39.   Ribbons
  40.   I'm Through
  41.   Once Was Love
  42.   Far Away
  43.   Masochist
  44.   Everyone is Gonna Love Me Now
  45.   Handsome Hands
  46.   In the Sea
  47.   Black and Blue
  48.   Blood Brothers
  49.   Fire
  50.   Men of Snow
  51.   Incredible Love
  52.   Oh What A Day
  53.   Little Romance
  54.   Highway
  55.   Corner of Your Heart
  56.   Glass
  57.   How We Love
  58.   Keep Warm
  59.   Snowfall
  60.   December Baby
  61.   Miss America
  62.   Palm of Your Hand
  63.   Mountain and the Sea
  64.   Locked Up
  65.   Starting Now
  66.   Overboard
  67.   The Hat
  68.   Are We There Yet
  69.   Giving Up

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