WorkshopLive teachers Chris Kuffner and Bess Rogers recently appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Chris and Bess were there backing up New York singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson for the performance of her single “The Way I Am.” You can see the performance by watching the January 14th episode of Late Night at NBC.com.
Chris Kuffner has been playing bass for Ingrid Michaelson for a few years now, and Bess Rogers has been playing guitar with Ingrid for a little over a year. Although Ingrid’s band line-up changes from gig to gig, Bess and Chris are there for her whenever she needs a full band, and that’s what she wanted for her big show with Conan.
Bess Rogers found the experience to be quite different than playing a normal gig. The band arrived at the studio at 10:00 AM, preparing all day to play just one song. When it came time to perform, Bess found it more nervous playing in front of cameras than the people because “…deep down you know you are actually playing for millions of people but there's only 100 people sitting in front of you.”
“There was a lot of time that day to think about how many people would be watching later. But we all knew the song so well that we were just able to get up there and do it right despite the nerves. Now that we've done Conan, next time we do a TV show it will be much easier.”
Ingrid Michaelson’s career has been taking off as of late, garnering much praise in magazines, and many TV appearances. “They Way I Am” has also been featured on the hit drama Grey’s Anatomy, as well as being used for the soundtrack to a recent Old Navy commercial.
You can see the next time Bess and Chris will be playing with Ingrid Michaelson by clicking on the “On The Road” section of our newsletter!