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Ingrid Michaelson

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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. ~ Katherine Fulton & Andrew Leahey
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Albums by
Ingrid Michaelson

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    10 songs

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    It Doesn't Have to Make Sense

    1 song

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    Light Me Up

    1 song

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    Hell No

    1 song

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    Without You

    20 songs

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    Lights Out (Deluxe Edition)

    14 songs

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    Lights Out

    1 song

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    Little Romance

    1 song

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    Sort Of (Instrumental) - Single

    13 songs

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    Human Again

    12 songs

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    Everybody

    11 songs

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    Be OK

    12 songs

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    Girls and Boys

    1 song

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    Girls Chase Boys

    1 song

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    Into You

    1 song

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    Blood Brothers

    2 songs

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    Ghost

    1 song

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    Parachute

    1 song

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    Keep Breathing

    7 songs

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    Maybe

    17 songs

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    Human Again

    9 songs

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    Slow the Rain

    19 songs

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    Girls and Boys [Germany Bonus Tracks]

    13 songs

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    Girls and Boys [Bonus Tracks]

    2 songs

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    Everybody

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Top Songs by
Ingrid Michaelson

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  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.   Time Machine
  11.   You and I
  12.   Soldier
  13.   Wonderful Unknown
  14.   Breakable
  15.   Die Alone
  16.   Keep Breathing
  17.   Sort Of
  18.   Hell No
  19.   Can't Help Falling In Love
  20.   Parachute
  21.   Home
  22.   The Chain
  23.   Everyone is Gonna Love Me Now
  24.   Another Life
  25.   Corner of Your Heart
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Ingrid Michaelson

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    A Great Big World: I Am The DJ

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    Adele: DNA

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    Sara Bareilles: I Am The DJ

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    Adult Alternative

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    Post-Holiday Chill

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    Amy Winehouse: DNA

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    Kids

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    Café Acoustic

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    Acoustic Anthems

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    Indie Coffee House

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    Coffee House

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    Soft Hits

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    '80s, '90s & Today

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    Eclectic Rock

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    New Holiday Hits


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