Ingrid Michaelson realizes It Doesn't Have to Make Sense makes sense

The seventh studio album from singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson is titled, It Doesn't Have to Make Sense. The new release via Cabin 24 Records/RED was previewed earlier this year with lead single ‘Hell No,’ which is currently No. 16 on the Mediabase Hot AC airplay chart and No. 15 on Billboard’s Adult Pop Songs chart. Michaelson co-wrote the “hook-laden break-up single” with country songwriters Barry Dean and Luke Laird. It Doesn't Have to Make Sense is the follow-up to 2014’s Lights Out, which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The new album features a number of other songwriting collaborations and guest appearances by Mat Kearney and A Great Big World.

Michaelson, 36, has released six albums since her 2005 debut, Slow the Rain. The album was self-released prior to her signing with Cabin 24 Records, which issued her next four albums. Each has been increasingly more successful with the last two LPs reaching the Top 5 of the Billboard 200, while topping the Billboard Independent Albums chart. Her 11 singles include the 2007 platinum-selling Top 40 hit, ‘The Way I Am,’ which was selected by a major clothing department store as the music bed for a commercial.

The exposure helped propel the singer-songwriter as one of the country's most promising independent artists. She followed up with the title track from the benefit album, Be OK, which was a Top 20 single on the Billboard Adult Alternative chart. The following year, another Adult Alternative track titled, ‘’Maybe,’ got to No. 2 on the chart. The Top 10 Rock single, ‘Girls Chase Boys,’ has become Michaelson’s signature song from Lights Out. The song also peaked at No. 6 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Michaelson says It Doesn't Have to Make Sense was inspired by the loss of her mother and other changes in her life. “I was trying to kind of make sense of everything,” she tells “Once I let go of that idea, life got a little bit easier. There was a lot of that on the record. It’s a pretty important record to me. I’m excited to have it out in the world.”

The native New Yorker partnered with six actors from the Deaf West Theatre Company in Los Angeles to appear in an alternate music video for the new ‘Hell No’ single. This special production features the actors performing the song's lyrics in American Sign Language. “I thought this would be a great way for people who are often unable to enjoy music videos to get to experience something we all take for granted,” says Michaelson in a news item posted on her website at

Michaelson is preparing to tour in support of It Doesn't Have to Make Sense this fall. She performs at the Troubadour in L.A. (Aug. 25) before launching the Hell No Tour on Oct. 6 in Cincinnati. Additional major city dates include Chicago (Oct. 11); Milwaukee (Oct. 13); Minneapolis (Oct. 14); Denver (Oct. 18); Salt Lake City (Oct. 19); Portland, Ore. (Oct. 21); Seattle (Oct. 22); The Fillmore in San Francisco (Oct. 24-25); Ace Hotel Los Angeles (Oct. 26-27); the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville (Nov. 10); The Fillmore in Philadelphia (Nov. 14); Beacon Theatre in New York City (Nov. 16-17); and Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC (Nov. 21-22).

Watch Ingrid Michaelson and actors from L.A.’s Deaf West Theatre Company perform the lyrics to ‘Hell No’ in sign language. The song is the lead single from the native New Yorker’s seventh studio album, It Doesn't Have to Make Sense.

As A Matter of Fact…

* Ingrid Ellen Michaelson was born December 8, 1979, on Staten Island, New York. Her artist mother and classical composer father set her on a musical path with piano lessons beginning as age four. After college, she toured with a national theater troupe and spent her free time writing songs.

* The online distribution of a 2005 full-length recording titled, Slow the Rain, helped Michaelson gain exposure that led to getting her music on soundtracks for television shows including “Grey's Anatomy” and “One Tree Hill.”

* In 2006, Michaelson independently released her sophomore project, Girls and Boys, which was prominently featured in several episodes of “Grey's Anatomy.” She then released a remastered version of the album in January 2007 via Cabin 24 Records.

* Later in 2007, Michaelson won a national songwriting contest that was produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed worldwide. Her debut single, ‘The Way I Am,’ appeared in September 2007 and was selected as the background music for a major clothing department store’s commercials.

* Michaelson joined the Hotel Cafe Tour in the fall of 2008 to promote her benefit album, Be OK, which helped raise funds for cancer research. She later toured Europe alongside Jason Mraz before going back to the studio to record her fourth studio album, Everybody.

* In 2012, Michaelson was back with Human Again, a project produced by David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, the Bangles) that features the No. 21 Adult Alternative single, ‘Ghost.’ The album became her first effort to reach the Top 5 of the Billboard 200.

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