In Michaelson's case, her loyal fans could be considered her "parachute," because they have supported her since the day she put her music on MySpace.
The singer-songwriter is one of the most downloaded artists of all-time. Her song "The Way I Am" has been played over ten million times on MySpace.
She stopped by the "The Early Show on Saturday Morning"'s "Second Cup Cafe" to perform "Parachute."
What's Michaelson up to these days?
She is working on her new album, on which she hopes to have her new single, "Parachute," as one of the tracks. She wrote "Parachute," but at first, decided not to record it, because she considered it too "poppy" for her taste.
But English singer-songwriter Cheryl Cole had other plans. She heard it and fell in love with it and ended up recording the song, which became a huge hit in the Britain.
So, Michaelson's producer (from her fourth album, "Everybody," which debuted at No. 1 on iTunes a year ago) took "Parachute," re-arranged it and sent it back to Michaelson. Luckily, she adored it and decided to release it as her own single.
"Parachute" has spent 12 weeks on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart.
Michaelson is a favorite of superstar Taylor Swift, and her music is a hot topic on Twitter - country star LeAnn Rimes has been tweeting about her, as well.
Michaelson's music has also been hot on TV. Her songs first appeared on "One Tree Hill" and "Grey's Anatomy," as well as on ads 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.
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