Todd Michaelsen is a singer-songwriter and music producer living in Williamsburg Brooklyn. He has performed around the world under his own name and in his critically acclaimed rock band called My Pet Dragon. His music has been featured in national ad campaigns and in TV shows on ESPN, Discovery, Direct TV and Amazon.
He is a multi-instrumentalist and specializes in melodic songwriting. His ear for melody and tenor voice has earned him collaborations with some of the world's most talented artists including Anoushka Shankar and Karsh Kale (on their Grammy nominated "Breathing Under Water", which also featured contributions from Sting and Norah Jones).
Todd's song "Moonshine" was picked up for a national TV spot for America's first legal moonshine company called 'Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine' which aired for 2 years on the Discovery Channel. He has contributed original songs and score for film including Nina Paley's full length animated feature "Sita Sings the Blues" which has over 1.4 million views on youtube . Another Nina Paley animated collaboration called "All Creative Work is Derivative" has over 3 million views on Facebook.
Todd's original song "Love Anthem" was invited to be on the Occupy This album which featured music by Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, Third Eye Blind, Joan Baez, Crosby & Nash and Ani DiFranco among others.
He's won songwriting awards from ASCAP and The International Songwriting Competition.
He also performs with his wife, the talented Reena Shah in her all-ages interactive Indian dance lessons around the world.
Todd is currently recording his "debut" album in his studio in Brooklyn. The songs are uplifting and intense -layered with ethereal rock guitar and powerful vocals.