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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

    Adult Alternative

    Adult Alternative
    2 songs

    Adult Rock

    Adult Rock
    2 songs

    Acoustic Rock

    Acoustic Rock
    1 song

    Kids Pop

    Kids Pop
    1 song

    Coffeehouse Corner

    1 song

    Lite Hits

    1 song

Albums by
Ingrid Michaelson

Top Songs by
Ingrid Michaelson

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

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