Ingrid Michaelson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ingrid Michaelson
Michaelson in 2019
Michaelson in 2019
Background information
Birth nameIngrid Ellen Michaelson[1]
Born (1979-12-08) December 8, 1979 (age 44)
New York City, U.S.[2]
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2004–present
(m. 2011; div. 2015)
Partner(s)Will Chase (2015–present)

Ingrid Ellen Michaelson (born December 8, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter. Her first album, Slow the Rain, was released in 2005, and she has since released eight more albums: Girls and Boys, Be OK, Everybody, Human Again, Lights Out, It Doesn't Have to Make Sense, Songs for the Season, and her most recent, Stranger Songs. Her two highest-charting singles are "The Way I Am" (2007) and "Girls Chase Boys" (2014), at #37 and #52 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.

Michaelson made her Broadway debut in the summer of 2017 as Sonya Rostova in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.[4] She wrote the music and lyrics for the musical adaptation of The Notebook which opened on Broadway in March 2024.[5]

Early life[edit]

Michaelson is half Swedish[6] and was born in 1979 in New York City[2] to artistic parents. Her father, Carl Michaelson, was a manager of copyrights for the publishing company Carl Fischer Music and a composer on the side ("The Praise of Christmas").[2] Her mother, Elizabeth Egbert, was a sculptor, of Dutch ancestry.[7] As a child, Michaelson performed in a musical theatre group called Staten Island Kids On Stage.[8] She took up piano at age 4, and trained until age 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.[9]

Michaelson is a graduate of Staten Island Technical High School and Binghamton University, where she received a degree in theater.[9] 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 her song "The Hat."

Musical career[edit]

2006–08: Girls and Boys[edit]

In 2006, Michaelson independently released 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[10] and received positive reviews from critics.[11][12] Additionally, in 2007, "The Way I Am", a song from the album, was featured in an Old Navy commercial. The 30-second ad played on the major US networks and most prime-time shows for a few days. In less than 3 weeks, more than 65 appearances in prime-time had been made, including 17 season premieres.[13]

2008–10: Be OK and Everybody[edit]

Ingrid Michaelson at Melkweg, Amsterdam, 2009

In 2008, Michaelson released her third album, and first compilation album, Be OK, a charity record to support cancer research.[14] In 2009, Michaelson released her fourth album, Everybody. Everybody debuted on #18 on the Billboard charts.[citation needed] It features the single "Maybe".

2010–12: Parachute and Human Again[edit]

Signage announcing Michaelson at the Wiltern 2012

In 2010, Michaelson digitally released the single "Parachute", a song that she wrote but was recorded by Cheryl Cole on Cole's album 3 Words. The song has not been featured on any albums, but is available on both iTunes and Amazon. 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. After the first tour, Michaelson continued to tour on 3 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 3 shows in Australia, where Human Again was the first formally released record of hers.

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.[15]

2014–2015: Lights Out[edit]

On February 4, 2014, Michaelson released the lead single, "Girls Chase Boys", from her album Lights Out. The song reached #52 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Afterlife" and "Time Machine" were released as the second and third singles.

On April 25, 2014, Lights Out was released. The deluxe edition, which was released in November later that year, contains an additional six bonus tracks.

2016–2017: It Doesn't Have To Make Sense and Alter Egos[edit]

Michaelson on the "Hell No Tour", 2016

On April 29, 2016, Michaelson released the song "Hell No".[16] It serves as the lead single from her seventh studio album, It Doesn't Have to Make Sense, which was released on August 26, 2016, through Cabin 24 Records.[17] In July she released a second video of "Hell No," which incorporates members of the Deaf West theater company performing the lyrics in American Sign Language.[18] In support of the album, Michaelson embarked on the "Hell No Tour" beginning October 6, 2016, in Cincinnati, OH.[19]

On 12 May 2017, a 5-track EP titled Alter Egos was released. It consists of re-worked songs from It Doesn't Have to Make Sense with guest vocalists on each track.

In 2017, Michaelson contributed "Smallest Light" and "Stay Right Where You Are" to the soundtrack for the film The Space Between Us.[20]

2018–present: Ingrid Michaelson's Songs for the Season and Stranger Songs[edit]

On 26 October 2018, Michaelson released a Christmas album called Ingrid Michaelson's Songs for the Season.[21] In January 2019, Michaelson announced she was composing the score for a musical adaptation of The Notebook.[22] On May 10, 2019, she released "Missing You", which serves as the lead single off of her ninth studio album, Stranger Songs. Michaelson first announced the album via her Twitter in January 2018, writing that it would be inspired by the Netflix series Stranger Things.[23] The album was released on June 28, 2019.

In July 2020, Michaelson was nominated for her first Emmy Award[24] in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category[25] for the song "Build it Up", written specifically for the finale of Hulu's hit miniseries Little Fires Everywhere.[26]


Michaelson discussing covering the song "Nightswimming" in front of the members of R.E.M. at a charity event in 2010.

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 performed "Winter Song" with Bareilles 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 #2 on the Irish Singles Chart.[27]

Michaelson provided backup 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 backup 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".[28][29]

Michaelson's bandmate, Allie Moss released a 2009 EP, Passerby. Its song "Corner" was selected by British Telecommunications in the UK for their BT Infinity television commercials. Other past and present band members include Chris Kuffner (bass), Bess Rogers (guitar), Saul Simon MacWilliams (keys), Billy Libby (guitar), Sarab Singh (drums), and Elliot Jacobson (drums).

In 2010, Michaelson co-wrote the song "Parachute" with Marshall Altman which was covered by British singer Cheryl Cole on her debut solo album 3 Words; it peaked at #5 on the UK Singles Chart. Michaelson initially believed 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.[30] There are two different music videos for the song.

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." She said that she expects to release her next album, "probably in the middle of next year".[31]

In 2012, Michaelson and Laswell co-wrote and sang the duet "Landline", which appeared on his album of the same name.

Her 2014 album, Lights Out, was a collaborative effort. "On all my previous records, I'd written all the songs myself. It was one producer and me locked in a room for months," she said. "Not that that was bad, but I think that everything has a season. I never wanted to kind of give up control. I think I'm letting go of a lot of things – embracing the idea of allowing people to help me in all facets of my life. I think that I was a bit of a control freak, and I'm just more open to letting people be part of things that they weren't part of before. It's liberating. I had the best time ever on the last record. It was just really wonderful to be able to share the success with other people."[32] Michaelson has also appeared on The Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick.

In 2021, Ingrid Michaelson collaborated with British-Pakistani singer Zayn Malik on the single "To Begin Again". The song was released on March 17, 2021.


Michaelson played the role of Sonya Rostova temporarily in the Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 from July 3 to August 13, 2017, while actress Brittain Ashford was on leave.[4]

In January 2019, it was reported that Michaelson was writing the music and lyrics for a musical adaptation of The Notebook.[33][34] The musical opened on Broadway on March 14, 2024.[5]


Michaelson made her film debut in the comedy film Humor Me, which was released January 12, 2018.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Michaelson married fellow musician Greg Laswell in 2011.[36] They divorced in 2015.[37]

In late 2015, Michaelson announced her relationship with film and stage actor Will Chase.[38]

Michaelson identifies as a feminist.[39]



  1. ^ Michaelson, Ingrid Ellen Egbert. "Songwriter/Composer: MICHAELSON INGRID ELLEN EGBERT". Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Archived from the original on January 20, 2016. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Contemporary Musicians: Profiles of the People in Music. Gale. May 5, 2010. ISBN 978-0-7876-9617-7. Ingrid Ellen Michaelson was born on [...] 1979, in New York City. Her father, Carl Michaelson, worked as manager of copyrights for the music publisher Carl Fischer and composed music on the side ...
  3. ^ Chretien, Joseph. "Michaelson in Fine Form on 'Human'". Times Record News. Archived from the original on July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Mink, Casey (June 16, 2017). "Ingrid Michaelson to Join B'way's 'Great Comet' + More Projects Announced". Backstage. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Masseron, Meg; Gans, Andrew (August 3, 2023). "The Notebook Musical Will Come to Broadway This Spring".
  6. ^ "Conversations: 'The Sweater Song' Singer Ingrid Michaelson". The Washington Post. August 30, 2009. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
  7. ^ "Elizabeth Egbert". Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  8. ^ Rosky, Nicole. "BWW Interview: Ingrid Michaelson Finds Her Way to Broadway by the Light of THE GREAT COMET". Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Baby, Remember Her Name Archived June 22, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Staten Island Advance AWE. (May 24, 2007). Retrieved on August 14, 2007.
  10. ^ "Billboard - Music Charts, News, Photos & Video". Billboard. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012.
  11. ^ "Music Review: Ingrid Michaelson – Girls and Boys – Blogcritics Music". October 25, 2007. Archived from the original on November 12, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  12. ^ Joyce, Mike (November 16, 2007). "INGRID MICHAELSON "Girls and Boys" Cabin 24". Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  13. ^ Werde, Bill (January 12, 2008). "Ingrid Michaelson: The Way She is – the End of the Old Music Business? Or the Face of the New One?". Billboard. pp. 24–26.
  14. ^ "Ingrid Michaelson – Biography | Billboard". Archived from the original on March 31, 2016. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  15. ^ "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide". August 30, 2012. Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  16. ^ "Hell No: Ingrid Michaelson: Music". ASIN B01EPN1TMK. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  17. ^ "It Doesn't Have to Make Sense - Ingrid Michaelson". AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  18. ^ Nelson, Jeff (July 19, 2016). "Ingrid Michaelson Recruits Deaf and Hard of Hearing Actors to Perform ASL in New 'Hell No' Music Video".
  19. ^ "Ingrid Michaelson: Tour". Archived from the original on July 2, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  20. ^ "The Space Between Us: Soundtrack". 2017.
  21. ^ Glicksman, Josh (September 18, 2018). "Ingrid Michaelson on Her New Holiday Single and When It's OK to Play Christmas Music: 'I Have Pretty Strict Rules'". Billboard. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  22. ^ Kinane, Ruth (January 3, 2019). "Musical adaptation of 'The Notebook' in the works with music by Ingrid Michaelson". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  23. ^ Romano, Nick (January 17, 2018). "'Stranger Things' inspires 'Stranger Songs' album from Ingrid Michaelson". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  24. ^ Willman, Chris (July 28, 2020). "Emmy Music Nominations Include Dual Score/Song Nods for Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Labrinth; Nathan Barr Earns Three (See Complete List)". Variety. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  25. ^ "Ingrid Michaelson". Television Academy. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  26. ^ "How Ingrid Michaelson Penned a Perfect Song for 'Little Fires Everywhere'". April 22, 2020.
  27. ^ "Irish Top 50 Singles". Irish Recorded Music Association. Archived from the original on December 10, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011.
  28. ^ "Greg Laswell – Take A Bow". February 9, 2010. Archived from the original on February 15, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  29. ^ "Greg Laswell – Hello/ The Solo Residency / iPhone App/ Take A Bow". January 15, 2010. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  30. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (October 18, 2010). "Ingrid Michaelson's 'Parachute' video: An EW exclusive premiere". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 10, 2012 – via
  31. ^ "Ingrid Michaelson Aims for 'Less Ukulele, More Synths' on New Single". Billboard. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011.
  32. ^ Pound, Kara (February 6, 2015). "Ingrid Michaelson progresses from Indie sweetheart to bona-fide pop star". The St. Augustine Record. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  33. ^ Fierberg, Ruthie (January 3, 2019). "Ingrid Michaelson Is Writing a Musical Adaptation of The Notebook". Playbill. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  34. ^ Reitman, Shelby (January 3, 2019). "'The Notebook' Heads to Broadway, With Songs by Ingrid Michaelson". Billboard. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  35. ^ Priola, Victoria (January 11, 2018). "Ingrid Michaelson makes film debut in 'Humor Me' this weekend". Staten Island Entertainment. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  36. ^ Rodman, Sarah (May 31, 2014). "Friends help Ingrid Michaelson move ahead". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on January 15, 2019. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  37. ^ "Ingrid Michaelson and Husband Separate". MSN. February 27, 2015. Archived from the original on March 2, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  38. ^ Marquina, Sierra (July 7, 2015). "Ingrid Michaelson Dating Will Chase Following Split: Photo". Us Weekly. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  39. ^ Tam, Ruth (February 8, 2014). "Ingrid Michaelson: 'I've never called myself a feminist, I just was one since birth.'". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 28, 2015.

External links[edit]