A singer-songwriter whose music splits the difference between coffeehouse-worthy folk and contemporary indie-pop, Ingrid Michaelson is best known for the platinum-selling singles "Girls Chase Boys" and "The Way I Am." She was born in New York City, New York, on December 8, 1979, and studied voice, piano, and musical theater as a child. Slow the Rain, her debut album, was released independently in 2005, followed by Girls and Boys in 2006. The latter record proved to be her breakthrough, with its most successful single, "The Way I Am," reaching Number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100, Number 2 on Adult Alternative Songs, and Number 15 on the Adult Top 40. Girls and Boys was reissued in 2007 and followed one year later by the compilation album Be OK, whose title track became Michaelson's second Top 40 hit on Adult Alternative Airplay. "Maybe" reached Number 2 on the same chart in 2009, serving as the lead single of her third album, Everybody. The record itself charted at Number 18 on the Billboard 200. Michaelson's next two releases, Human Again (2012) and Lights Out (2014) both hit Number 5 on the Billboard 200, with Lights Out spawning her second major hit, "Girls Chase Boys." The song went platinum, cracking the Top 10 on both the Adult Pop Airplay and Hot Rock & Alternative Songs charts. Four years later, Michaelson earned back-to-back hits on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "All I Want for Christmas is You," both of which appeared on her Christmas album Songs for the Season in 2018. "To Begin Again," her 2021 duet with former One Direction star Zayn, was a chart-topping hit in Brazil, and she ended a three-year break from the road with an end-of-the-year tour in 2022, launched in conjunction with her holiday single "It's Almost Christmas."