Born into a family of artists, Ingrid Michaelson adopted the family trade at an early age, beginning piano lessons at the tender age of four. Not until 20 years later, however, did she begin her songwriting career. Having graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in Theatre, Michaelson turned to songwriting while touring the country with a national theatre group, during which time she composed many of the songs that appear on her debut album, Boys and Girls. An entrepreneur as well as a musician, she self-released the album on her own Cabin 24 Records, and shortly thereafter received a call from the music director of blockbuster medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy. The show has featured four of Michaelson’s songs, earning her much-deserved recognition as a prominent independent artist and leading to more placements in television shows and commercials, including her song “The Way I Am” in an Old Navy commercial. With a strong combination of driving piano harmonies and whimsically soaring vocals, Ingrid Michaelson emerges as a powerful force in the independent music world.
“Ingrid Michaelson is an incredibly talented singer-songwriter whose career has been given a well deserved boost as a result of her songs being featured on TV shows like Grey's Anatomy and commercials,” said Bruce Warren, assistant general manager of programming for WXPN. “She's one of this year's most successful independent artists and has a great story - in an industry that seems to be on the brink of collapse and mayhem, Michaelson's music and success is a beacon of hope.”
WXPN music director Dan Reed said, “Ingrid’s songs grow on you, and there’s quite a bit more than ‘flavor-of-the-month’ songwriter talent lurking here. The hooks are big, the sentiments are universal, and the playing and singing is great. An ‘Artist To Watch’ if there ever was one?”
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