March 16th, 2012
03:26 PM ET
Fans may count five albums in singer Ingrid Michaelson's body of work, but her math is slightly different.
The “Be OK” singer explained to CNN that she doesn't think her "very first album" counts.
"I don’t consider [it] anything because I hate it,” she said. “My second album is what I consider to be my first album, 'Girls and Boys.' My third album was a glorified EP called 'Be OK,' that had some cover tracks and some live tracks, but it’s very sparse and wasn’t meant to be a full album. In my brain, the second album is 'Everybody,' and the third album is 'Human Again,' which is now.”
Did you catch all of that?
Speaking before a performance at Anthropologie during SXSW in Austin, Texas, Michaelson reflected on her career, which has included some pretty high profile placement of her songs in commercials and television shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Brothers and Sisters” and “One Tree Hill.”
She said she works with a licensing company that links her music up with such deals.
“A movie or a television show will say, ‘We need a song about moving on or with the words moving on,’” Michaelson said. “The company goes through all of their artists and all of their songs that fit, and submits a bunch. Then the supervisor of the project picks which one they want.”
The singer-songwriter’s new album, “Human Again,” has already found success on the iTunes charts. The daughter of an artist and a composer, Michaelson has a strong fan base that showed up in droves in Austin for her performances.
Such a showing points to Michaelson's cred in the indie music world, which often features less heavily produced tracks than their Top 40 contemporaries. With one of the biggest artists in the industry right now, Adele, being hailed as a return to the basics of solid songwriting and singing, Michaelson said she sees the British artist’s mega-success as reminiscent of the early career of a certain other indie artist.
“For [Adele] to have won so many Grammys, it was like a Norah Jones moment because that’s what happened to Norah,” Michaelson said. “This very stripped down singer-songwriter comes along and sweeps the Grammys.”
“Every once in awhile someone like that will pop up,” she added. “And she just has a great voice.”
Michaelson said she loves the trajectory of her career so far, with big hits like her single “The Way I Am” being featured in an Old Navy commercial and the steadiness of building a solid body of work.
“I just want to keep going in that direction...so that it’s growing slowly, slowly, slowly,” she said. “I feel like a lot of times if you get really, really big really fast, the [further] you have to fall .”
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