Before Taylor Swift accepted her Billboard Woman on the Year honor, she had a different honor to watch: Her friend Ingrid Michaelson performing Swift’s 1989 song “Clean.”
“Taylor played me a few songs off her new record in her apartment. We danced around and drank wine — and had pillow fights, yes. And this one song was just so beautiful that I begged her to send it to me, and she said no. I said, ‘Please?’ and she said, ‘No’. And so as soon as it came out I listened to it over and over again.”
Ingrid Michaelson has shared an official video for ‘Afterlife’, another huge single from this year’s ‘Lights Out’ album. Watch now, and check out what Ingrid and premiere-outlet BuzzFeed had to say about the treatment.
Where “Girls Chase Boys” was appealingly aloof, “Afterlife” is the opposite: warm, affectionate, dance-party-friendly. Inspired by her mother’s long battle with cancer (to which she sadly succumbed last month), the song is powerful and life-affirming. Ingrid says she aimed to capture the song’s carpe diem spirit by helping fans overcome their deepest fears. In one particularly moving vignette, Michaelson gives a makeover to a young woman struggling with her gender expression. “Maeve really amazed me,” Ingrid said of the girl, who was afraid her family wouldn’t accept her for who she really was. “Her transformation into the person who she wanted to be was beautiful. I am so appreciative for all the people who came out to be a part of the video.” “It’s a song celebrating life. It’s about overcoming any darkness in your heart and choosing to live in the present,” Michaelson said.
Ingrid is, and has been, a favorite of whoever out there is picking the songs on long-running med-drama, Grey’s Anatomy. Her music has appeared throughout the show’s nine seasons over a dozen times! Well, it seems they’ve made a good choice there (we knew they did), as just recently ABC ran an online poll ranking fans’ top music moments in season nine, and Ingrid’s non-album cut, “Into You,” took home first place. ‘Atta girl. Oh yeah, and Metric at #5 didn’t do too shabby either.
Ingrid Michaelson will release her eagerly-awaited fourth album Human Again January 24th on Cabin 24 Records/Mom+Pop Music. Trust us when we say it’s beautiful.
But you don’t actually have to trust us, or even wait until next year to get your first taste of the David Kahne-produced release. Indeed, you can download the debut single, “Ghost,” on iTunes now as well as stream the track at EW.com or check out the official “Ghost” lyric video courtesy of our friends at VEVO.
And as if that wasn’t enough to get excited about, later this month Ingrid will fulfill a lifelong dream when she performs on the 85th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airing live on NBC! Gobble!