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Michael Ingersoll

MICHAEL INGERSOLL is a Dayton, Ohio-born artist whose grounded musical style exudes the sincerity, warmth and generosity of the Rockabilly/Rhythm and Blues greats. Before rocking the American Radio Songbook classics, Michael worked as an actor on stage and screen. The multitalented musician and actor has a diverse array of critically acclaimed and award-nominated Chicago and regional theater credits, from “Frost/Nixon” to “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline;” from “Beauty & the Beast” to Cincinnati Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” He made his film debut in the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” and enjoyed a three year run as Nick Massi of the Four Seasons in “Jersey Boys,” originating the role for the first national tour. Michael is passionate about community service and is a dedicated artist advocate. He holds a BFA in Acting from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; as well as a Second Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. For more information, visit www.michaelingersoll.com.

Musical Influences:
I developed my love of music on my grandfather’s knee at the piano in the parlor. My grandpa Roy Francis was a jazz musician back in the 60s during the art form’s heyday, He toured with some of the greats like Dave Brubeck. Unfortunately, he gave it up to support his family and became a welder at General Motors. He had a way about him when he performed. It was heartfelt, but still distinctly masculine. He is truly my biggest influence and inspiration.

Favorite Song to Perform:
For me, it’s all about the story within the song. Great artists like Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash were masters at distilling a story down to its essence and telling that story through a song that resonated with depth and character. That’s why it’s so much fun for me to sing their music and why artists like them still have a prominent place in pop culture today.

For more information, visit www.michaelingersoll.com.