And with time, she would discover that the Internet was the perfect launching pad to a music career on her terms.
Michaelson broke into the music world after posting her music on MySpace and has now become one of the most downloaded artists of all-time.
Her song "The Way I Am" has been played over ten million times on MySpace.
Her latest album, "Everybody," was released last August on her own record label and debuted at No. 1 on iTunes. "Maybe," the first single off of "Everybody," was the No. 1 most-added single at Hot AC radio, tying Madonna and Kelly Clarkson.
Michaelson stopped by the "The Early Show Saturday Edition"'s "Second Cup Cafe" to perform, "Maybe" and "Everybody."
The talented singer has paved the way for many indie artists, with more than 12 songs featured on ABC, including "One Tree Hill" and "Grey's Anatomy," as well as national ad campaigns for Old Navy and Chrysler. She has sold nearly 400,000 albums and over 1.5 million singles to date via her own Cabin 24 label.
A New York City native, Michaelson's upbringing was immersed in the arts with her mother, a sculptor, and her father, a classical composer.
She began taking piano lessons at the age of four, but discovered her true passion when she was college graduate. With a degree in musical theatre, she toured the country in a theater troupe and began to write songs to which millions could relate.
Michaelson will perform this spring/summer at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and at select dates of the much anticipated return of Lilith Fair 2010.