Ingrid Michaelson performing in Amsterdam, 2009
|Birth name||Ingrid Ellen Egbert Michaelson|
|Born||December 8, 1979|
|Origin||Staten Island, New York, U.S.|
|Genres||Indie pop, indie folk|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, ukulele|
|Labels||Cabin 24 Records, Mom + Pop Music|
Ingrid Ellen Egbert Michaelson (born December 8, 1979) is a New York-based indie pop singer-songwriter. She has released five studio albums since 2005. Her music has been featured in episodes of several popular television shows, including The Vampire Diaries, Scrubs, Pretty Little Liars, Body of Proof, Bones, Grey's Anatomy, The Big C, In Plain Sight, and One Tree Hill, as well as in Old Navy's fall 2007 Fair Isle and Opel's/Vauxhall's Meriva 2010 advertising campaigns. In February 2013 she was featured singing "Good Day Sunshine" in a Tropicana commercial entitled "Ready to Shine." She is known for being an independent artist and never signing to a major record label, despite achieving a large amount of popularity.
Early life 
Michaelson is half Swedish, and was born to artistic parents. Her father, Carl Michaelson, is a composer ("The Praise of Christmas") and her mother, Elizabeth Egbert, is a sculptor. Her mother is of Dutch ancestry. Michaelson took up piano at age four, and trained until seven at Manhattan's Third Street Music School, continuing for many more years at the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island's Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute. While there she met vocal coach Elizabeth McCullough, who worked with her through high school. She is a graduate of Staten Island Technical High School and Binghamton University, where she received a degree in theater. While at Binghamton University she was a member of the Binghamtonics, a co-ed a cappella group, as well as the Pappy Parker Players, an improv comedy group, and the theatre repertory company under Sue Peters. Her time at Binghamton is mentioned in the song "The Hat". She grew up doing a musical theater group called "Kids On Stage". Later in life, she became a director until she decided to pursue her career in music.
Musical career 
2002–2005: Beginnings and Slow the Rain 
Michaelson began recording her own music in 2002, promoting through Myspace as well as many other internet outlets. Michaelson would play her original songs from the album around cafes and small venues across New York City. Eventually, Michaelson collected her previously recorded songs along with others she had recorded, and put out her first album Slow The Rain on her own label, Cabin 24 Records. Michaelson would sell the album at the small performances. For a short period of time the album was available on amazon.com as a digital download, but Michaelson took the album off.
2006–2008: Girls and Boys 
In 2006, Michaelson independently put out her second album, Girls and Boys. The album, like her previous music, was streamed on Myspace. A music producer from the ABC Drama Grey's Anatomy found her music online. After being contacted by the music producer, Michaelson began to be approached by several record companies. Wanting to retain all of the rights she had as an independent artist, Michaelson developed a deal with Original Signal Recordings, acting as the marketing and distribution arm for Michaelson's label. Through Original Signal, Michaelson re-released Girls and Boys into mainstream marketing on September 18, 2007. It peaked at #63 on The Billboard charts and received positive reviews from critics.
2008–2011: Be OK, Everybody 
In 2008, Michaelson released her third album, and first compilation album, Be OK. The album debuted at #35 on the Billboard Charts and received mixed to positive reviews. The album features the single, "Be OK", which received a large amount of exposure on several shows and commercials. In 2009, Michaelson released her fourth album, Everybody. Everybody debuted on #18 on the Billboard charts and received positive reviews. It features the single, "Maybe", which received positive reviews and was featured on several television programs. Her show in Sydney, Australia at the Metro Theater is available online at MoshCam, a website that shows many pre-recorded concerts.
2012–present: "Parachute" and Human Again 
In 2010, Michaelson digitally released the single "Parachute", a song that she wrote but was used by Cheryl Cole on her album 3 Words. The song has not been featured on any albums, but is available on both iTunes and Amazon.com. In 2012, Michaelson released her fifth album, Human Again. Human Again debuted at #5 on the Billboard charts and received very positive reviews, with critics praising the album's unique sound. Michaelson's first tour leg for the album, The Human Again Tour, was sold out almost every night of the tour. Since the first tour, Michaelson has continued to tour on three other legs, two in North America, and one across the world. The first leg of Michaelson's tour was held from April to May. The second leg, The Human Again Summer Tour, was held from June to August. The third leg, The Human Again Fall Tour, will begin in September. Michaelson will also be playing three shows in Australia, where Human Again was the first formally released record of hers there.
In September 2012, she will be featured in a campaign called "30 Songs / 30 Days" to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book. In 2013, Michaelson appeared in a television commercial for Tropicana orange juice, singing the Beatles' song, "Good Day Sunshine".
In 2006, Michaelson teamed up with William Fitzsimmons on his album Goodnight, which was released that same year.
Michaelson and her friend Sara Bareilles co-wrote "Winter Song" which was featured on The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs, a compilation of both original recordings as well as classic holiday tracks sung by a lineup of female singer-songwriters. Michaelson also worked with Bareilles, performing "Winter Song" for President Obama and his family as well as many spectators at the National Christmas Tree Lighting in December 2010. In 2011, "Winter Song" reached number 2 on the Irish Singles Chart.
Michaelson provided back-up vocals on two songs from PlayRadioPlay!'s album Texas, including "I'm a Pirate, You're a Princess" and the title track, "Texas".
She provided back-up vocals on Greg Laswell's album, Take A Bow, which was released on May 4, 2010. Collaboration was done on the songs "Take Everything," "My Fight (For You)," and "Come Clean."
In 2010, Michaelson co-wrote a song entitled "Parachute" with Marshall Altman which was covered by singer Cheryl Cole on her debut solo album 3 Words; it hit number 5 in the UK. She initially felt the track was "so poppy" that she could not release it herself. However, after the song was reworked by Everybody producer Dan Romer to make a more "interesting, funky production", Michaelson released the song as a personal single. To date, the song has received two separate music videos.
Of the release of "Parachute" and upcoming material, Michaelson explained in a 2010 interview with Billboard.com, "I just felt like I wanted to put something out. I'm not ready to put a full album out, so we thought we'd put this out and see how people take it or don't take it," saying that she expected to release her next album, "probably in the middle of next year."
Singer-songwriter Allie Moss provides backing vocals and plays acoustic guitar while Bess Rogers plays electric guitar and provides backing vocals as well. The two have played as supporting acts at several of Michaelson's shows. Other members of the band include drummer Elliot Jacobson, bass player Chris Kuffner, and keyboardist Saul Simon-MacWilliams.
Personal life 
Michaelson has been involved in a number of charities. Portions of the proceeds from her album, Be OK, went to the charity Stand Up To Cancer. In 2012, after Hurricane Sandy, Michaelson released the Live From Laurel Canyon EP with all of the proceeds going to Tunnel to Tower Foundation's Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. Michaelson also performed an online show on StageIt, a website in which viewers must pay the virtual tip jar to view the concert. The virtual concert raised over $20,000 for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation's Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. After the tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Michaelson recorded a rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" with the children of Newtown. The proceeds from the song benefit Newtown Youth Academy and The United Way Of Western Connecticut. Michaelson appeared on Good Morning America to perform the song with the Children of Newtown. Michaelson is also an ambassador for VH1 Save the Music.
Appearances and performances 
Television and radio 
- The AT&T Blue Room
- The Ellen DeGeneres Show
- Good Morning America
- Last Call with Carson Daly (performance with Joshua Radin)
- Late Night with Conan O'Brien
- Live From The Artists Den
- Live with Regis and Kelly
- NPR's "Bryant Park Project"
- The Rachael Ray Show
- Shark Tank (performing "Be OK" and demonstrating the Miso-Media, an iPad application for learning how to play stringed instruments)
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Other appearances 
- Michaelson and Sara Bareilles performed "Winter Song" at the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting
- Michaelson performed "Blood Brothers" at the 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2011
- Michaelson appeared through a pre-recorded video segment to announce the 2013 SING! winner at Staten Island Technical High School in New York, NY.
Studio albums 
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Slow the Rain||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Girls and Boys||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|2007||"The Way I Am"||37||20||15||—||36||51||69||—||Girls and Boys|
|2008||"Be OK"||91||—||—||—||45||—||64||174||Be OK|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
Other charted songs 
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
(Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson)
|2008||—||97||2||The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs|
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