Deborah Lopez/Courtesy of Ingrid Michaelson
New York City indie-pop artist Ingrid Michaelson got her big break when Old Navy used her song "The Way I Am" for a sweater collection.
At the time, Michaelson was living with her parents on Staten Island. Since then, she has been on Good Morning America and in the pages of Billboard and Rolling Stone. She has also been courted by major labels.
Michaelson says she's now looking for her own place, but she's on the road so much that it hardly matters. She's also still an artist without a label, preferring to stay independent a while longer.
For her, the first flush of success has not necessarily been satisfying. She says it's just her personality type.
"It's hard to be in the moment, and really relish and soak up everything," she says.
But she does remember one particular show at New York City's Knitting Factory. The crowd sang along with every word on every song.
"It could have been annoying for somebody else," she says. "But I was so excited that people were listening to the record."
Michaelson takes time away from the rush to showcase songs from her record, Boys and Girls.
Watch: Ingrid Michaelson plays "Breakable."
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