The thing is, by the time Old Navy tapped “The Way I Am” for its spots, Michaelson had already become a MySpace phenom, amassing a sizable fanbase and considerable sales for her self-released Girls and Boys album. More importantly, she had piqued the interest of the creative team behind Grey’s Anatomy, who used three of her songs in the soundtrack of the show and commissioned her to write one specifically for the show’s third season finale.
That episode cemented Michaelson’s status as an artist to watch; her name and lyrics were the most searched topics on Google after the Grey’s finale aired.
Rather than retreat from her just-add-TV success (her work has also been featured on One Tree Hill, Scrubs and Kyle XY, among others), Michaelson threw her newly minted big deal status into the Stand Up to Cancer initiative via “Be Okay,” the title track of her 2008 fan appreciation CD. Michaelson’s autobiographical new album, Everybody, released in late August, shot into the Top 20 on the strength of the album’s first single, “Maybe,” and great reviews that note her sharply executed Pop songs and more grandly expansive arrangements.
Michaelson might have come to the attention of millions through an ultimately disposable television commercial, but she’s shown over the past two years that she’s an artist with integrity and creative durability.
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