Michael Ingersoll is a Dayton, Ohio-born artist and entrepreneur who inspires and invites with an affable magnetism. He is a founding member of Under the Streetlamp, America’s hottest new vocal group. Streetlamp is amping up for the broadcast of their first PBS Special in March as well as a 2012 National Tour. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, Under the Streetlamp delivers an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook.
In his rousing rendition of “Pretty Woman,” Michael’s grounded musical style exudes all the sincerity, warmth, and generosity of the Rockabilly/Rhythm & Blues greats. “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.”
Michael cultivated his love of music on his grandfather’s knee at the piano in the parlor. Grandfather Roy Francis was a jazz musician during the art form’s heyday, touring with the likes of Dave Brubeck back in the 60s. But he left the road and his musical career to support his family, taking a job at General Motors as a welder. Roy’s distinctly masculine, heartfelt, and bittersweet musical legacy would become young Michael’s inspiration.
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Michael currently lives in Chicago with his wife, actress Angela Ingersoll. The irresistible man and wife duo shares the spotlight in their hilarious and heartwarming concert My Baby Just Cares For Me, presenting classic pop favorites with all the candor and chemistry of a modern day George and Gracie.
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Before rocking the American Radio Songbook classics, Michael worked as an actor on stage and screen. Most notably, he spent three years portraying Nick Massi of the Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning sensation Jersey Boys. He originated the role for the First National Tour playing to sold-out crowds in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago for over 1,300 performances.
Other Chicago theatre credits include My Baby Just Cares For Me (Northlight Theatre); Jonathan Larson in Tick, Tick… BOOM! (Jeff Nomination, Pegasus Players), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre), as well as headlining his own successful regional concert tour Steppin’ Out, a Rat Pack style variety show featuring the Ted Hogarth Orchestra. He is a member of Actor’s Equity and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Michael made his feature film debut as Donzil in the highly acclaimed motion picture Walk The Line. Other film credits include John in All Flesh Keep Silent. Television credits include Under the Streetlamp Live in Concert (PBS); Streetlamp Musical guest spots for Extra (NBC) and Access Hollywood (NBC); Jersey Boys Musical Guest spots for The Oprah Winfrey Show (ABC); The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC); The Primetime Emmy Awards (FOX); A Capitol Fourth: America’s Independence Day Celebration (PBS); and The Beast (A&E) opposite Patrick Swayze. Other broadcast appearances include national commercials, singing the National Anthem for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, as well as leading the seventh inning stretch and throwing out the first pitch for the Chicago Cubs.
Recordings include Under the Streetlamp: Live in Concert, Under the Streetlamp: Everyday’s A Holiday, and A Jersey Boys Christmas: Seasons’s Greetings.
Regional theatre credits include four Ostrander Award Nominations for Outstanding Actor for his performances as George in Of Mice And Men, Floyd Collins in Floyd Collins, Lumiere in Beauty & The Beast, and Bat Boy in Bat Boy: The Musical; also David Frost Frost/Nixon, Hal in Picnic, Juliet in Shakespeare’s R&J, Mike Connor in The Philadelphia Story, Rev. Bobby Groves in Book Of Days, Harry Houdini in Ragtime, Malcolm in Macbeth, Tin Man in The Wizard Of Oz, and A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline (Playhouse on the Square, Memphis); and Marc Antony in Julius Caesar (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company).
Michael holds a BFA in Acting from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; as well as a Second Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.
He got his start in theatre at the age of seventeen with Muse Machine in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. He recently revisited Muse to give back to the youth in arts organization that sparked his career, appearing in concert at Dayton’s historic Victoria Theatre in an evening entitled Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.