Ingrid Michaelson

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Ingrid Michaelson
Ingrid Michaelson Live.jpg
Background information
Born (1979-12-08) December 8, 1979 (age 34)
Staten Island, New York, United States
Genres Indie pop, indie folk
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, ukulele
Years active 2002–present
Labels Cabin 24 Records, Mom + Pop Music

Ingrid Michaelson (born December 8, 1979) is an American, New York-based indie-pop singer-songwriter.


Michaelson is half Swedish,[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] She is a graduate of Staten Island Technical High School and Binghamton University, where she received a degree in theater.[3] 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[edit]

2006–2008: Girls & Boys[edit]

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[4] and received positive reviews from critics.[5][6]

2008–2010: Be Ok, Everybody[edit]

In 2008, Michaelson released her 3rd album, and 1st 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.

2010–2012: Parachute and Human Again[edit]

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 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, began in September. Michaelson also played three shows in Australia, where Human Again was the first formally released record of hers there.

In September 2012, she was 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.[7]

2014–present: Lights Out[edit]

On February 4, 2014, Michaelson released the single "Girls Chase Boys", the first from her new album Lights Out (released on April 15, 2014). The single is available on iTunes, Google Play, and at Amazon. The single can be played on Spotify and Rhapsody as well.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Rock
US Digital
US Indie
Slow the Rain
  • Release date: January 10, 2005
  • Label: self-released
  • Formats: CD, music download
Girls and Boys
  • Release date: May 16, 2006
  • Label: Cabin 24 Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
63 17 80 6 100
  • Release date: October 14, 2008
  • Label: Cabin 24 Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
35 13 73 2
  • Release date: August 25, 2009
  • Label: Cabin 24 Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
18 7 5
Human Again
  • Release date: January 24, 2012
  • Label: Cabin 24 Records, Mom+Pop Music
  • Formats: CD, music download
5 2 1 1 22
Lights Out
  • Release date: April 15, 2014
  • Label: Cabin 24 Records, Mom+Pop Music
  • Formats: CD, music download
5 2 5 1 8 50
" – " denotes releases that did not chart


Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Adult Alt.

Adult Con.

Adult Pop

Digital Rock


"The Way I Am" 2007 37 20 15 12 36 51 69 Girls and Boys
"Be OK" 2008 91 17 45 64 174 Be OK
"Maybe" 2009 2 27 14 38 97 Everybody
"Everybody" 2010 20
"Ghost" 2011 21 33 Human Again
"Blood Brothers" 2012
"Fire" 103 14
"Girls Chase Boys" 2014 52 12 21 6 3 8 78 Lights Out
" – " denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Digital Rock

"Winter Song"
(Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson)
2008 97 2 The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs
"Can't Help Falling In Love (Live At Daytrotter)" 2009 37 Be OK
"Afterlife" 2014 39 Lights Out


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 the 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.[26]

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."[27][28]

Michaelson's band includes Allie Moss and Bess Rogers on guitar, who are singer/songwriters in their own right. Allie Moss released a 2009 EP entitled Passerby. A single from the EP, "Corner", has been picked up by BT for their BT Infinity television commercials in the UK. Other band members include Chris Kuffner (Bass), husband of Bess Rogers(Guitar), Saul Simon-MacWilliams (keys) and Elliot Jacobson (drums).

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.[29] 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, "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 expects to release her next album, "probably in the middle of next year."[30]

Personal life[edit]

In August 2011, she married fellow musician Greg Laswell. They currently reside in New York with their Border terrier, Shep Proudfoot.


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