Ingrid Michaelson keeps building
March 16th, 2012
03:26 PM ET

Ingrid Michaelson keeps building

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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  1. Kitster

    Ingrid is AMAZING live. I saw her open for Keane – and she was better than Keane. Since then I see her every time she comes to Chicago. She has an incredible voice (I think she is better live than on her albums). She is also hilarious, so her shows are really really fun. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND seeing her if you get the chance. She has so much talent – unlike so many "musicians" these days, Ingrid writes her own songs, plays several instruments, and has a great voice!

    March 20, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. plastic

    'be ok' is one of the most annoying songs ever.

    March 20, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. ElKai0

    Lots of trolling on this thread. Dunno who she is, may be worth checking out. I agree with the Librarian thing lol.

    March 19, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff

    Why is there a double standard for entertainers and weight? People jump on Adele's case for being overweight. Yet look at the fat heifers who play football?

    March 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lithium

    Me like.

    March 18, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tina

    So CNN, just who at CNN is "reviewing" these comments and "deeming them appropriate for comment"? Helen Keller? I'd hate to see what's innapropriate.

    March 17, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Debbie

    People, people, people (I'm using the term loosely), why don't you do something constructive with your lives? You know like, heaven forbid, get a job, donate your time at a hospital, or be a mentor – yikes, take that one off the list. Point is, pry your hands off of the keyboard and do something meaningful with your lives. It's obvious by your postings, you have already spun way too many of your active brain cells right out of existence. Keep it up and you'll be reading Dr. Seuss real soon.

    March 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Andy

    Her first album was her first album, just as the "new" Ipad is the Ipad 3.

    March 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. @blue ink troll

    Is there anyone on marquee you're not trolling? What is wrong w/u? do u want these blogs totally dead? Is that your mission?

    March 17, 2012 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |

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