Ingrid Michaelson is enjoying a wave of success – she’s a darling of the indie-music scene, plays to sold-out crowds and has seen her songs featured on TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood and American Idol. Now the ‘Be OK’ singer would like to give back, which is why she’s partnered with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation for the We Are All ‘Blood Brothers’ contest that invites middle and high school music groups to pick up their instruments and raise their voices for a chance to win prizes – including a special performance at their school by Ingrid.
In an exclusive interview with Celebrity Teen Scoop, the platinum-selling singer/songwriter tells us more about her involvement with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, her upcoming tour, and what she’d like to say to the future Ingrid Michaelsons of the world.
Celebrity Teen Scoop: You’re pairing up with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. How did this partnership come about?
Ingrid: I did a promo for the VH1 Save The Music Music Foundation with the PS 22 Chorus from Staten Island. I was so blown away by the amazing talent and level of interest of the kids.
CTS: The program is dedicated to helping music programs in public schools. Have you had a chance to see firsthand the need in the schools today?
Ingrid: I taught theater to kids and I know the importance of fostering the arts. I also know that many schools are losing funding for the arts.
CTS: How would a similar program have impacted you when you were younger?
Ingrid: I was part of the very same theater troupe that I ended up teaching as an adult! And I can say without a doubt in my mind that it is because of that program that I am where I am and who I am today.
CTS: When did you start performing?
Ingrid: As a musician, in 2002.
CTS: What do you consider your ‘big break’ into the music business?
Ingrid: When Grey’s Anatomy used one of my songs in 2006. I saw such a jump after that.
CTS: Did you have the support of your family when you were dreaming of a career in music?
Ingrid: Always. When I was going out for acting roles my parents were supportive of me. And when I shifted to music, they were still proud. They knew I could do this, even before I knew it.
CTS: Your tour starts on September 30 – what do you have planned for your audiences?
Ingrid: We are going out at a foursome and are reconfiguring a lot of the songs to have a more acoustic and stripped-down feel.
CTS: Your music has been featured in shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Parenthood. Any plans to possibly crossover into acting in the future?
Ingrid: I studied theater in college and would love to if it made sense for me.
CTS: Who are your biggest musical influences?
Ingrid: Judy Garland’s voice, Bjork’s lyrics, the Beatles’ melodies.
CTS: Any advice for young musicians who would like to follow in your footsteps?
Ingrid: Do it because you can’t not do it. And be ready for everything, work hard, but expect nothing. You have to have your heart in the middle of it.
The We Are All “Blood Brothers” Contest, invites middle and high school music groups to record a video version of Ingrid’s song ‘Blood Brothers’ and submit it to http://www.vh1savethemusic.com/contest. Submissions will be accepted from August 8th and run through October 1st, after which fans, friends and family can vote for their favorites through October 8th. Ingrid will announce the Grand Prize winner during her upcoming tour at her Orlando, FL show on October 15th. The Grand Prize winner will receive a performance from Ingrid at their school during the 2012-2013 school year, as well as a new Yamaha keyboard for their music program. Several runners-up will also receive prizes. Check the website for contest rules and details.