MUSIC NEWS: INGRID MICHAELSON'S "LIGHTS OUT" TOMORROW

Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson will release her fifth studio album, Lights Out, on April 15th via Cabin 24/Mom+Pop. The first single, “Girls Chase Boys,” is now available at all digital retailers and the music video is going viral, with incredible media attention and over 1.5 million views so far. To celebrate the release Michaelson will embark on a 31-date tour which kicks off April 21st at Le National in Montreal, Quebec and will run through June 3rd at the House of Blues in Boston. Tickets are available now.

 

“’Girls Chase Boys’ started out as a break up song but took on a deeper meaning as I continued writing,” said Michaelson of the single. “More than just being about my experience, its focus shifted to include the idea that, no matter who or how we love, we are all the same. The video takes that idea one step further and attempts to turn stereotypical gender roles on their head. Girls don't exclusively chase boys, we all know this. We all chase each other and in the end we are all chasing after the same thing: love.”

 

Beyond the sweetly buoyant “Girls Chase Boys,” presented visually in a cheeky music video that’s a stylistic homage to Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible,” the new album finds Michaelson exploring some thoughtful, sometimes darker themes based on personal challenges she’s experienced over the last year. She also pushed her boundaries with the production of Lights Out, choosing a more inclusive creative process. Recorded in New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville, she worked with six producers and ten co-writers, including singer-songwriters Katie Herzig, Trent Dabbs and Busbee (Pink, Katy Perry, Lady Antebellum) as well as A Great Big World and Mat Kearney, with whom she also shares duets.

 

“The last year has been one of the most challenging of my life,” said Michaelson. “This album is a reflection of all of that. It’s about being pushed to your limits and looking for help from something other than yourself. It’s about letting go and being alright with that, accepting that.  I collaborated with many different writers and producers but, ironically, I believe this is the most personal record I’ve made.  I feel like I needed others to save me, in a way - to get the darkness out and help turn it to light. I'm so proud of the record and of the many friends who helped me make it. And I cannot wait to perform these songs live!”

 

This January Ingrid partnered with Rainn Wilson and his popular video production company SoulPancake to host a series of comedic shorts entitled, “Little Kids. Big Questions.” The series pays homage to Art Linkletter and Bill Cosby and makes use of Michaelson’s earnest approach and comedic timing to draw unique and often hilarious answers out of adorable kids. Last fall, Michaelson’s popular side project ARMY OF 3 released their debut EP. ARMY OF 3, a group comprised of Michaelson, producer Chris Kuffner and director Dylan Steinberg, first drew attention on YouTube for their visually compelling music videos featuring inventive covers of Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

 

Ingrid Michaelson has earned enviable name-recognition thanks to her knack for crafting beautiful, idiosyncratic songs, many of which have wafted out of your television in handfuls of Grey’s Anatomy episodes (not to mention countless other series since such as American Idol, Parenthood, and So You Think You Can Dance), in an affecting Google Chrome ad, and on VH1 as an artist You Outta Know. She has sold over 1 million albums and 5 million singles on her own label, ending up on the cover of Billboard Magazine as "the new paradigm" in the music industry.  Her most recent album, 2012’s “Human Again,” was her highest-selling debut yet, reaching #1 on iTunes and Top 5 on the Billboard sales chart in its first week.

 

LIGHTS OUT TOUR DATES

April 21  Montreal, QC (CANADA) - Le National

April 22  Toronto, ON (CANADA) - Danforth Music Hall

April 23  Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre

April 24  Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre

April 26  Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue

April 28  Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre

April 29  Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue

May 1     Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre

May 2     Vancouver, BC (CANADA) - Commodore Ballroom

May 3     Portland, OR - Roseland Theater

May 5     Oakland, CA - Fox Theater

May 7     Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern

May 9     San Diego, CA - Humphreys Concerts By The Bay

May 10   Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues

May 13   Dallas, TX - House of Blues

May 14   Austin, TX - Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater

May 15   Houston, TX - House of Blues

May 16   Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Festival

May 18   St Petersburg, FL - State Theatre

May 19   Orlando, FL - The Beacham

May 20   Atlanta, GA - Center Stage

May 21   Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium

May 23   Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre

May 24   Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre

May 25   Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE

May 27   Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall

May 29   New York, NY - Terminal 5

May 30   Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory

May 31   Norfolk, VA - The NorVa

June 2    Boston, MA - House of Blues

June 3    Boston, MA - House of Blues


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