Song title(s): ‘Dead Hearts’ & ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’
Artist’s: Stars and Ingrid Michaelson
Featured in Trailer 2 for: “Like Crazy” (Opens: 10-28-11)
Wikipedia Bio: Stars is an indie pop band from Canada. Originally formed in Toronto by vocalist Torquil Campbell and keyboardist Chris Seligman, the band relocated to New York City and then subsequently to Montreal, where they are currently based.
All members of the band are also members of the indie band Broken Social Scene, with whom they once shared a record label, Arts & Crafts. Campbell is an actor who has appeared on the television shows Sex and the City and Law & Order. And Millan has released two solo albums, Honey from the Tombs in 2006 and Masters of the Burial in 2009.
On their website, the band has noted that their name was chosen with prior knowledge of the short-lived project by Syd Barrett. They have cited a wide variety of musical likes and influences ranging from Berlioz to Outkast, citing among others Barrett, Paddy McAloon, New Order, The Smiths, Brian Wilson, Momus, and Broken Social Scene. They covered The Smiths’ “This Charming Man” on 2001’s Nightsongs and The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” in 2005. Other indie artists have been guest collaborators on many of their tracks, especially for an early period including the release of their first LP.
Anticipating that their album In Our Bedroom After the War would leak at some point between the final mixing and the official release then more than two months away, Stars made the album available in digital form on July 10, 2007. The CD release included a bonus DVD.
On September 1, 2008, the band released the EP Sad Robots exclusively through their online store and on tour. The EP is available as a physical release or an online download.
Musical style– Stars’ music has been described as “beautiful, eloquent indie pop”, characterized by lush instrumentation, nimble production and mixing, narrative lyrics, and soft but nuanced vocals. The band’s style has evolved from an electronic-pop sound as heard on Nightsongs (released on Le Grand Magistery record label) to more rock-based instrumentation on their following three full-length albums, reflecting the permanent additions of singer-guitarist Amy Millan and bassist Evan Cranley on Heart (released on Paper Bag Records), and eventually drummer Pat McGee on Set Yourself on Fire.
Their songs have been featured on Queer as Folk (2000 TV series), The O.C., Warehouse 13, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Degrassi: Now or Never, ZOS: Zone of Separation, Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, and Chuck. The song “Dead Hearts” off of The Five Ghosts album helps set the tone in the trailer for the upcoming film “Like Crazy.”
Amazon.com Bio– When she walks into a store in her Brooklyn neighborhood, Ingrid Michaelson is rarely recognized. But once she hands over her credit card to pay, the clerk often pauses, brightens up, and enthusiastically offers a bit of trivia: ‘Did you know that there’s a singer named Ingrid Michaelson?’ This reaction is fitting because Michaelson has earned both acclaim and a loyal following due to her knack for crafting beautiful, idiosyncratic songs (‘The Way I Am,’ ‘Maybe,’ ‘Keep Breathing’) that just nestle in your head. Her newest single ‘Parachute’ is a perfect example of that, showcasing a seamless stylistic growth in melody and beat while nurturing the sound that Ingrid’s fans have come to know and love. Image has never been her priority, but let the record show that her librarian-chic style has nonetheless received a shout-out in The New York Times.
Michaelson’s grassroots sensibility has worked like gangbusters: Her music, often about love and relationships, has been steadily wafting out of your television set for roughly five years now, be it in an Old Navy ad or in handfuls of Grey’s Anatomy episodes (not to mention countless other series such as Scrubs, One Tree Hill, Ugly Betty, Army Wives, Body of Proof and The Vampire Diaries) or on VH1 as an artist You Outta Know. The New York Times marveled at how she was ‘singing her way from obscurity to fame.’ Billboard trumpeted her as the face of the new music business. NPR declared, ‘Ingrid Michaelson is everywhere.’ And there’s no better example than when you watch and hear her cover of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” in the trailer for “Like Crazy,” which will be released on October 28, 2011.
‘Parachute’ and success– The release of the soaring, blissful ‘Parachute,’ a one-off track available only as a download is milestone of sorts for Michaelson. After turning 30, she found herself itching to grow as a songwriter. ‘I feel like I’ve exhausted so many possibilities of writing, as a female singer-songwriter,’ she says. For a year and a half, Michaelson had a big, hook-laden song playing out in her mind, so she recruited writer-producer Marshall Altman to help her hash out what would become ‘Parachute.’ Its fantastical video, directed by Adria Petty (Beyonce, Regina Spektor, Duffy), features the singer as latter-day Amelia Earhart who flies through space rescuing a dying planets nod to her lyrics’ increasingly optimistic bent.
‘It didn’t feel like something I could put out because it was so poppy,’ Michaelson says, happy to give it to another artist. ‘We shipped it off for people to take a gander and see who would pick it up.’ It took producer, Dan Romer, who worked with Michaelson on her second full-length, 2009’s Everybody, to convince her to record it herself. Says Michaelson: ‘He kind of jumped on the project, did this really interesting, funky production, and sent it to me. It was rad and cool and different. We put some new vocals on it, and I was like, ‘I love it!” Of the release of “Parachute” and upcoming material, Ingrid explained in a 2010 interview with Billboard.com, “I just felt like I wanted to put something out. I’m not ready to put a full album out, so we thought we’d put this out and see how people take it or don’t take it,” stating that she expects to release her next album soon.
Such serendipity has graced the singer throughout her whirlwind career. The Staten Island-raised daughter of classical-music composer Carl Michaelson, Ingrid took piano lessons from the age of five and starred in plays during her grade-school years. Michaelson went on to study musical theater at Binghamton University in upstate New York, where she sang in an a cappella group. After graduating, she cultivated her interest in music by performing at a coffee house where she worked as a barista. She was teaching theater to kids when she got a fateful call in 2006 from a music manager named Lynn Grossman who discovered Michaelson’s homegrown music on her MySpace page.
Within a few months, Michaelson’s music could be found sound-tracking the romantic-surgical debauchery Grey’s Anatomy with songs such as the cascading ‘Breakable’ and the melancholic lullaby ‘Keep Breathing.’ A music supervisor for Old Navy just happened to catch the episode featuring the latter and snapped up the cooing, calypso-inflected ‘The Way I Am’ for one of the company’s commercials helping the song later go platinum. Radio play followed, just in time for the release of her 2007 full-length debut, Girls and Boys (out of her own Cabin 24 label). This all happened in about a year and since then, Michaleson has released 2008’s Be OK, and a follow-up album, Everybody in 2009, each proving fertile resources for music licensors.
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