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Straight Outta Hawkins: Ingrid Michaelson's next album inspired by Stranger Things

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Jan 17, 2018, 5:19 PM EST

We’ve heard of music makers being inspired by Stranger Things before, but not from anyone in the habit of turning out songs on Billboard’s Hot 100. But now singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson is hoping to bring Stranger-based pop to the masses.

Michaelson, who’s charted with both “The Way I Am” and “Girls Chase Boys,” just announced on social media that her next album will draw direct inspiration from Stranger Things, which, like many of us, she’s obsessed with.


Sorry, did we say “obsessed”? We meant OBSESSED!

Michaelson, whose Twitter bio says she’s from “The Upsidedown,” also released a statement about the forthcoming album, which she says will be her first to be built around a “connection to another’s art.”

But Stranger Things took hold, and the inspiration with it.

“This show brings me back to a place of safety and comfort when everything seemed simple. Especially after losing my parents, the idea of living in that space, even for an hour at a time, is not only intoxicating, it’s necessary,” stated Michaelson.

The Netflix show moved Michaelson enough to start writing poems, which showed her connection to the ‘80s-set story, and to her “childhood and to that innocence lost.”

Such emotional connection should certainly bolster her art, so we look forward to giving it a listen. Alas, according to Billboard, Michaelson’s Stranger Things-inspired opus, Stranger Songs, is expected to coincide with Stranger Things Season 3, which isn’t expected to coincide with this year at all, but rather 2019 instead.