Ingrid Michaelson Joins the Esteemed List of Yamaha Artists

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 29, 2008) — Yamaha Corporate Artist Affairs, Inc. is proud to announce the addition of entrepreneur and talented musician Ingrid Michaelson to its artist roster.

Michaelson's story is the epitome of the modern day musician's fairy tale. Thanks to MySpace and a few choice televisions placements, her vibrant, acoustic songs rocketed straight up the Billboard charts and landed the Staten Island singer/songwriter in the middle of the limelight. Michaelson will embark on a month long cross-country headlining tour beginning June 1st with a CP300 stage piano in tow.

"Ingrid is a great addition to our already outstanding artist roster," comments Chris Gero, vice president of Yamaha Corporate Artist Affairs, Inc. "The fact that she has found such success all on her own speaks to the appeal of her music and her passion as a musician. We are proud to provide her with instruments to accompany her on the rest of her journey."

Michaelson released Girls and Boys on her own Cabin 24 Records, and since then unexpected and unprecedented things have taken place. In November 2006, the music supervisor from Grey's Anatomy called to ask if they could use the song "Breakable" from Ingrid's CD in an upcoming episode.

Following the exposure on Grey's Anatomy, Michaelson's career as an independent artist immediately hit the fast track. Three more songs appeared on Grey's Anatomy, (one in the most coveted slot on TV – the dramatic climax during the final six minutes of the Grey's Anatomy 2007 season finale, seen by 25+ million viewers), and her music began climbing the iTunes pop chart. Both Michaelson and her lyrics reached #1 and #2 on Google's most searched items list in the U.S. Sales of the album Girls and Boys immediately climbed to #53 on the iTunes, and overall charts and have remained in the Top 100 since its debut in January 2007.

The next boost for Michaelson's career appeared in another form of television: a commercial. In late September 2007, her song "The Way I Am" was featured in Old Navy's fall commercial ad campaign for their "Fair Isle" sweaters. The spot's popularity resulted in Girls and Boys cracking the Billboard Top 200 for the first time, even claiming the #1 spots on both the Heatseeker and Alternative New Artist Album charts. Her music reached to the #2 Pop album, #11 overall album, #3 Pop song, and #4 song overall on iTunes – all unprecedented feats for an independent release.

Since then, Michaelson's album has sold more than 220,000 copies and "The Way I Am" has been downloaded more than 630,000 times.

Ingrid Michaelson Joins the Esteemed List of Yamaha Artists
— Indie artist breaks records, tours with CP300 —