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Ingrid Michaelson announces Stranger Songs UK date at London's Union Chapel (2019)

Ingrid Michaelson

Story by Jack Foley

SINGER-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson returns with one of the most intriguing album concepts of recent years – Stranger Songs is a collection of ‘80s tinged synth-pop anthems inspired by the Netflix smash Stranger Things.

The album is out now – a week ahead of the July 4, 2019, premiere of the show’s third season.

To mark the release, Ingrid has also announced her first show in seven years in London at the Union Chapel on Tuesday, November 12. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from here.

The concept of Stranger Songs is already capturing the imagination of fans. The flirty, palpitating lead single Missing You is inspired by the Nancy / Jonathan / Steve love triangle, and has already exceeded a million streams – in the process pushing Ingrid past 3 million monthly listeners at Spotify.

And that momentum continued with the percolating beats and immediate hook of single Jealous, which was co-written with Casey Smith (Jonas Brothers), Jason Evigan (Maroon 5), Cook Classics (Beyonce) and Gian Stone.

It’s a snapshot of the moment Eleven uses her supernatural powers to trip a girl who’s talking to Mike, the object of her affections.

The idea for Stranger Songs first emerged in 2017 when Ingrid wrote Christmas Lights, a poem based upon the relationship between Joyce Byers and her son Will. That poem evolved into a song, and instigated a period of creativity in which Ingrid wrote and recorded the album between November 2017 and spring of this year in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Nashville.

It also empowered her to break new ground, embracing a contemporary sound that’s infused with an Eighties spirit.

As Ingrid explains: “I’ve already made seven records, I have a lot to say. But I’ve said it so much from the brain and mind and soul of Ingrid Michaelson. I wanted to create something through a different lens.

“There’s something about Stranger Things that’s really comforting, it brings me back to my childhood. It’s the best kind of escapism and I find myself seeking that now more than ever. I took inspiration from the show and the characters and all these ideas started to come to me.

“Every song on the record includes a reference from the show, some more specific than others, but all of the themes are universal.”

Ingrid Michaelson collaborated on the album with writers and producers including Alex Hope (Carly Rae Jepson, Marina), Sarah Aarons (Khalid, Mabel), Jason Evigan (Madonna, Bebe Rexha), Katie Herzig, Cason Cooley and Sam de Jong.

‘Stranger Songs can be purchased now from here and will be released on Ingrid’s own independent label, Cabin 24 Records.