Singer Michaelson to play sold-out show in Ann ArborWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
From singing with Sarah McLachlan to performing next to wild cats, Ingrid Michaelson has had an interesting tour schedule this year.
She called from a stop in Salina, Kan., after taking the stage for her first Lilith Fair in Denver.
“It was really fun. I got to meet Sarah McLachlan and Emmylou Harris,” she said. “At the end, we all got up on stage and sang together a song that none of us had rehearsed. It was very casual, and very, very genuine. And Sarah McLachlan was sort of leading all of us, encouraging us to come over and stand next to her; it was really sweet.”
Michaelson also made her debut at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June.
“It was hot,” she said of the show in Manchester, Tenn. “It was certainly a very good time; we had about 7,000 people in our tent.”
The singer-songwriter also opened a few shows for Barenaked Ladies. Using intricately woven looped vocals as a backing, Michaelson delivered a buoyant a cappella rendition of R.E.M.’s “Nightswimming” at the Toledo Zoo in May.
“We could look over and see cheetahs running around. It was definitely the first time [playing a zoo] for me,” she said and laughed.
The 30-year-old will bring her solo tour to The Ark in Ann Arbor for an 8 p.m. sold-out show Aug. 9 to support her new disc, “Everybody.”
“[‘Everybody’] was just my attempt at writing a happy song and something for everyone,” she said. “At the core of us all, most of us anyway, you just want to give love and receive it.”
Fans have been smitten with Michaelson’s fun folky-pop creations since she started her MySpace page in 2006. Then she discovered “Grey’s Anatomy.”
“My mother told me there was this great show with all this great music on it and I should watch it. And I started to watch it and I became obsessed with the fact that I had to get my music on that show,” she recalled. “I got found on MySpace by a licensing company that said we work with ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and that’s what was the trigger; I was like OK, yes, let’s do this.
“So I started working with them, and they pitched my music to the ‘Grey’s’ people and they loved it right away. The ‘Grey’s’ people really helped me to get my foot in the door and get my name out there.”
An Old Navy commercial put the whimsical “The Way I Am” on the air.
“You have opportunities handed to you and then you have to work your ass off to maintain or progress at all,” Michaelson said.
“I want people to take some sort of nutritional value from [my music] and hopefully use it during a hard time or through a good time; I just want it to be part of people’s lives in a positive way.”