By Leah Greenblatt
Updated October 18, 2010 at 03:19 PM EDT

Image Credit: Shervin LainezIndie songstress and TV and film soundtrack mainstay Ingrid Michaelson released her most recent album, Everybody, last August. But one standalone track she co-penned, “Parachute,” took an unusual detour—becoming a European pop hitfor former Brit girl-group star and X Factor judge Cheryl Cole earlier this year.

“It didn’t feel like something I could put out because it was so poppy, [so] we shipped it off for people to take a gander and see who would pick it up,” Michaelson says of the song, which eventually made its way to Cole’s camp.

It took producer Dan Romer, who worked with Michaelson on Everybody, to convince Michaelson to record “Parachute” herself: “He kind of jumped on the project, did this really interesting, funky production, and sent it to me. It was rad and cool and different. We put some new vocals on it, and I was like, ‘I love it!’

Watch EW’s exclusive premiere of the New York City native’s own, less thigh-centric video for her version, helmed by director Adria Petty (Beyonce’s “Sweet Dreams,” Duffy’s “Mercy”), after the jump:

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