Interviews

Ingrid Michaelson: "Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously"

Indie-pop singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson was discovered on MySpace in 2006. After breaking out with her first big hit, "The Way I Am," her songs were soon playing on popular TV shows like Grey's Anatomy and commercials for Old Navy. Now she's a household name who went from a sweet coffee-shop singer to performing for President Obama at the White House.

Following the release of her fifth studio album, Lights Out, Michaelson hit the road again. And as part of her tour, she'll present an intimate evening at Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale. The lovely songstress, who has a reputation for turning her audience into putty in her hands, will charm the crowd with a combination of killer vocals and personal conversation.

Michaelson has come a long way since her incredible start and wants her fans to know she's not the same girl who wrote that initial hit. At 35, the New York native has seen life's ups and downs and has adopted a "fuck what people think" attitude, embracing her true self and losing any interest in being a people pleaser. Probably one of the most down-to-earth and least diva-like singers out there, Michaelson is more interested in writing and creating music than anything else.

For her latest music video -- which accompanies a song, "Afterlife," about facing your biggest fears -- she invited her fans to submit their own personal phobias, brought a lucky few to the studio, and then surprised them by helping each face those fears on camera.

We recently spoke with Michaelson on how she deals with emotions when performing, her journey into adulthood, and her Instagram account.

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Ashley Zimmerman