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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 s ...

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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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Ingrid Michaelson - The Way I Am

The Way I Am

  Girls and Boys

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Ingrid Michaelson - Winter Song

Winter Song

  Winter Songs

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Ingrid Michaelson - Girls Chase Boys

Girls Chase Boys

  Lights Out

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Ingrid Michaelson - Everybody

Everybody

  Everybody (Bonus Track Version)

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Ingrid Michaelson - You and I

You and I

  Be OK

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Ingrid Michaelson - Be OK

Be OK

  Be OK

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Ingrid Michaelson - Can't Help Falling In Love (Live At Daytrotter)

Can't Help Falling In Love (Live At Daytrotter)

  Be OK

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Ingrid Michaelson - Maybe

Maybe

  Everybody (Bonus Track Version)

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Ingrid Michaelson - Hell No

Hell No

  It Doesn't Have to Make Sense

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Ingrid Michaelson - The Chain

The Chain

  Everybody (Bonus Track Version)

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Ingrid Michaelson - Keep Breathing

Keep Breathing

  Be OK

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Ingrid Michaelson - Light Me Up

Light Me Up

  It Doesn't Have to Make Sense

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Ingrid Michaelson - Always You (Bonus Track)

Always You (Bonus Track)

  Human Again

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Ingrid Michaelson - Turn to Stone

Turn to Stone

  Turn to Stone - Single

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Ingrid Michaelson - Far Away

Far Away

  Girls and Boys

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Ingrid Michaelson - Breakable

Breakable

  Girls and Boys

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Ingrid Michaelson - Celebrate (feat. AJR)

Celebrate (feat. AJR)

  Alter Egos - EP

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Ingrid Michaelson - The Lotto

The Lotto

  The Lotto - Single

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Ingrid Michaelson - Over You (feat. A Great Big World)

Over You (feat. A Great Big World)

  Lights Out

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Ingrid Michaelson - Afterlife

Afterlife

  Lights Out

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Ingrid Michaelson - Open Hands (feat. Trent Dabbs)

Open Hands (feat. Trent Dabbs)

  Lights Out

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Ingrid Michaelson - Home

Home

  Lights Out

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Ingrid Michaelson - Sort Of

Sort Of

  Everybody (Bonus Track Version)

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Ingrid Michaelson - Corner of Your Heart

Corner of Your Heart

  Girls and Boys

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Ingrid Michaelson - Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle

  Singing You Home: Children's Songs for Family Reunification

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