Her songs appear fairly regularly on “Grey’s Anatomy,” but don’t hold that against her. Whereas that medical drama is often hard on the eyes — what with the over-the-top sappy storylines and bottomless bits of melodrama (stay dead Denny), Meiko’s tunes are easy on the ears – honest, melodic gems that prove once again that we’re living a golden age of guitar-playing female singer/songwriters.
Twenty-nine year-old Staten Island born and bred indie-pop-folk rock singer (betcha can’t say that ten times fast) Ingrid Michaelson recently performed at New York City’s Terminal 5. She and her stage mates brought down the house to a sea of adoring fans, comprised primarily of youthful girls and, in several instances, the cooperative dates they dragged along.
Opening with “Overboard,” a track off of her second full-length album, Girls and Boys, she introduced this song with a guessing game. While I myself am not an enthusiast of over-the-top audience participation, the crowd went wild for her brand of Name That Tune. Diehard followers could be heard shouting from the front, at the back and everywhere in between. The most notable clue was phrased roughly as follows: “This song shares its title with the late ’80s hit movie starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.” From there, she proceeded to “improvise” an amusing song about Mr. Russell, something I presume has become a routine part of her performance rather than a for-our-ears-only original. Continue reading
“Indie-Pop-Folk-Rock” singer and songwriter Ingrid Michaelson has been on the music scene for some time now, so shame on me for not knowing. Better late than never, though, right? I recently fell for her music while perusing author Augusten Burrough’s website; for his latest title, A Wolf at the Table, Ingrid was asked to write a song inspired by the book, which is a dark and moving memoir about his father. Her musical interpretation of his story resulted in “Spare Change,” a song that at once lifts the heart as well as simultaneously makes it ache. I was immediately mesmerized, listening to it at least ten times in a row before exiting the site.
And her talent doesn’t end at sad songs; her most popular at the moment, “The Way I Am,” boasts a more upbeat attitude. A sweet little love song, this tune has been featured in an Old Navy commercial as well as on the hit T.V. show Grey’s Anatomy, among four others from Ingrid’s second full-length album, Boys and Girls (2007).
To the point, Ingrid is currently touring the U.S. and will be on the road through July 2. Check out her official website or MySpace page for scheduled dates and locations. She’ll be in New York City Friday night performing at Terminal 5. And here’s the kicker: you could win a pair of tickets to see her show! Enter below and, if your name is selected, we’ll let you know this Thursday and you’ll be on the list +1. Simple as that. Talk about VIP treatment.
- Nell Alk