Ingrid Michaelson Biography

Michaelson was born to artistic parents. Her father is composer Carl Michaelson and her mother Elizabeth Egbert is a sculptor and the Executive Director and President of the Staten Island Museum. Michaelson took up piano at age five, and trained until seven at Manhattan's Third Street Music School, continuing for many more years at the Jewish Community Center of S.I.'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. Her time at Binghamton is both mentioned in and the backdrop for 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.

In the fall of 2008, she opened for Jason Mraz on his Europe tour, touring in the UK, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and France among others.

A number of Michaelson's songs have been used in the TV series Grey's Anatomy. "The Way I Am" was featured in "Six Days (Part 1)" (January 11, 2007), garnering attention from viewers. "Breakable" was featured in "Staring at the Sun" (16 November 2006). "Corner of Your Heart" was featured in "Testing 1-2-3" (13 September 2007)."Keep Breathing" was featured on the May 17, 2007 season 3 finale, "Didn't We Almost Have It All"."Sky", a Joshua Radin song in which Michaelson features was used in season 4 episode 15 "Losing My Mind". "Giving Up" was featured in the 22 May 2008 season 4 finale, "Freedom". "Turn to Stone", a new B-Side single from her upcoming album, Everybody, was featured in the 7 May 2009 season 5 episode, "What a Difference a Day Makes". "All Love" was featured in the second hour of the Season 5 finale.

Four of her songs have also appeared in One Tree Hill. "Masochist" was featured in Season 4, Episode 13: "Pictures of You"; "Overboard", was used in Season 4, Episode 14: "Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers"; "The Way I Am" was used in Season 4, Episode 19: "Ashes of Dreams You Let Die"; and "Can't Help Falling In Love" was used in Season 6, Episode 23: "Forever And Almost Always". Other appearances include "The Way I Am" and "Breakable" featured in The Real World: Denver. As well as "The Way I Am", "Die Alone" and "Far Away (Untitled)" in The Bad Girls Club. Old Navy featured "The Way I Am" in their fall/winter advertisement.

On Valentine's Day 2008, Michaelson was the musical guest on Good Morning America, the following day she appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly. She has also appeared on VH1, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The AT&T Blue Room, Live From The Artists Den, NPR's Bryant Park Project and Last Call with Carson Daly where she performed with Joshua Radin.

Her song "Be OK" appears in The House Bunny and a Mott's Apple Juice commercial featuring actress Marcia Cross.

Michaelson has recently recorded a duet with Sara Bareilles called "Winter Song", featured on the The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs. An animated music video has been released. They performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on December 9, 2008. This was also featured in Grey's Anatomy's fifth season. "Winter Song" was also featured on the penultimate episode of Scrubs, entitled "My Chief Concern".
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