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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
    2 songs

    Adult Rock

    Adult Rock
    2 songs

    Acoustic Rock

    Acoustic Rock
    1 song

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

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