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Michelle Branch

Michelle Branch performing in Toronto, October 2003.
Background information
Birth name Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch
Born July 2, 1983 (1983-07-02) (age 26)
Origin Sedona, Arizona, United States
Genres Alternative, pop rock, acoustic, country
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, actress
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboard, percussions, piano, accordion, cello, harmonica, mandolin
Years active 2000–present
Labels Maverick, Warner Bros. Nashville
Associated acts Santana, The Wreckers, Jessica Harp
Website www.MichelleBranch.com
Notable instruments
Taylor 614ce
Gibson Hummingbird

Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch (born July 2, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for the Grammy-winning collaboration with Santana, "The Game of Love."

During the early 2000s, she released two top-selling albums, The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper, and was subsequently nominated for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2003. In 2005, she formed the country music duo The Wreckers with friend and fellow musician Jessica Harp, and produced the Grammy-nominated single "Leave the Pieces." However, The Wreckers disbanded in 2007 to pursue their respective solo careers. As of 2009, Branch has been working on a new album, entitled Everything Comes and Goes, though no release date has yet been set.[1]


Musical career

1983–2000: Early life and Broken Bracelet

Branch was born on July 2, 1983, in Sedona, Arizona,[2][3] to David and Peggy Branch.[4] Her father is of Irish descent, and her mother is of Dutch Indonesian and French descent.[5][4] Her siblings include an older half-brother named David and a younger sister named Nicole. She went to grade school at then St. Mary's Catholic School[citation needed] in Flagstaff, Arizona[5] where her passion for music was sparked by Sr. Yolanda at the Friday school masses at Nativity Church.[citation needed]

Beginning to sing at the age of three, Branch enrolled in voice lessons at the University of Arizona when she was eight,[4][6][7] and received her first guitar for her fourteenth birthday.[7][2][3] After teaching herself chords, she composed her first song "Fallen" within a week of receiving her guitar.[8] She initially attended Sedona Red Rock High School,[6] but finished the last two years of her high school education through home schooling so that she could focus on her music career.[7] To support Branch's interests, her parents helped her book local gigs in Sedona, AZ, and later financed her independent album Broken Bracelet.[7] Her set list at these gigs included covers by Sheryl Crow, Lisa Loeb, Jewel, and Fleetwood Mac.[8]

In June 1998, Branch self-produced Broken Bracelet,[4] a compilation of songs she wrote when she was 14 and 15;[5] the album was later released on the independent record label Twin Dragon Records in June 2000.[4][5] Its title was inspired from a bracelet made by pop singer Jewel, given to Branch by musician Steve Poltz at a Lisa Loeb concert she attended. Poltz told Branch that "when it breaks, you'll be famous."[4]

In December 1999, she posted two of her songs on the Rolling Stone website, which caught the attention of both pop rock band Hanson and former Rolling Stone writer and Los Angeles record producer Jeff Rabhan, eventually leading to two gigs opening for Hanson in 2000.[4]

2001–2004: The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper

In 2001, Branch signed a recording deal with Maverick Records,[7][5][4] where she began working with John Shanks to produce her first album and major-label debut.[9] The album, The Spirit Room, was released in August 2001,[9][5] producing the hit single "Everywhere." The single was a commercial success, winning the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards Viewer's Choice Award.[10] "Everywhere" was later followed by singles "All You Wanted" and "Goodbye to You." In August 2001, she appeared on Total Request Live after "Everywhere" reached No. 4 on their charts. By 2003, The Spirit Room had sold over 2 million copies.[11]

In 2002, she teamed up with Santana to produce the song "The Game of Love,"[3][5][11] which went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.[2][10] She also earned a Grammy nomination in 2003 for Best New Artist,[10] but was edged out by Norah Jones.

Her second album Hotel Paper was released in 2003, and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 charts.[12] However, the album was met with mixed reviews. The lead single "Are You Happy Now?" was a chart success, earning her a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance,[10] though she was ultimately edged out by Pink's "Trouble." The following singles, however, "Breathe" and "'Til I Get over You," did not match the first single's success.[citation needed] Branching out into television, she appeared in several shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, American Dreams, and Charmed. In June 2004, she hosted MTV's "Faking the Video" alongside Nick Lachey and JC Chasez. She also appeared in the Rob Schneider film The Hot Chick.

2005–2007:The Wreckers

Michelle Branch (center) during a June 2007 concert with Jessica Harp (right) as The Wreckers.

Branch decided to collaborate with her backup singer and longtime friend Jessica Harp on a new project in July, 2005.[13][14][3][15] They were initially known as the "The Cass County Homewreckers" as a joke by Branch's husband,[citation needed] but they trimmed it down to The Wreckers.[14] Their album attempted to combine their respective genres, pop rock and country. It was originally slated for release in June, 2005 but was delayed because of reasons surrounding Branch's pregnancy.[3] The duo's first single "Leave the Pieces" was released in February, 2006, while their album Stand Still, Look Pretty was released in May.[14] During this period, they contributed to Santana's album All That I Am, with the song "I'm Feeling You,"[14] appeared in the American teen television drama One Tree Hill,[3] and joined country music stars Rascal Flatts on a U.S. tour.[15][13] They initially toured with Gavin DeGraw.[14] The album did not satisfy some of her fans, who voiced their displeasure on the message boards for The Wreckers' official website, which had to be shut down.[citation needed] Despite the negative backlash, the group was nominated for the 2006 CMA Awards Vocal Duo of the Year and for a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal[2][10] for the song "Leave the Pieces" in December, 2006. Stand Still, Look Pretty was certified Gold by the RIAA with sales of 851,000 copies as of March 2009. As of early August, 2007, Branch and Jessica Harp announced on the band's official message board that they were putting the band on hold while they moved forward with solo albums.[citation needed] Subsequent press statements have made it clear that The Wreckers, at least as a partnership between Branch and Harp, is no more.[2]

2008–present: Everything Comes and Goes

Immediately thereafter, Branch wrote an unreleased song for Mandy Moore's 2007 album Wild Hope,[16] and also wrote "Together" for the soundtrack of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2; it was also featured as the final song ever played on the CBS TV soap opera, Guiding Light. In October 2007, she announced that she was working on a new solo album and later reported the title would be Everything Comes and Goes.[2] In June 2008, she played several live shows in preparation for the album's release with her sister Nicole singing backing vocals. She was also quoted in Billboard as saying the album would retain a country flavor.

In early 2009, she sang the song "I Lose My Heart" in a duet with Chris Isaak on his new album Mr. Lucky.[17] The first single from the album "Sooner Or Later" was released on July 28, 2009. Although the album has no official release date, it is expected to be released sometime in 2010.[1]

Musical style and influence

Branch owns at least fourteen guitars, but mainly uses a Gibson Hummingbird after retiring her blue Taylor 614ce.[18][19] In 2009, she began using a custom-made Hummingbird which is the only white one in existence.[citation needed] In addition to the guitar, she also plays other instruments such as the piano, drums, and mandolin.[citation needed]

She states that her music has been influenced by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Aerosmith, Patsy Cline, Cat Stevens, Stevie Nicks, and Joni Mitchell, but also enjoys listening to more contemporary artists such as Incubus, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Metallica, Silverchair, Madonna, Lisa Loeb, Sheryl Crow, and Patty Griffin.[citation needed] Her other interests include classical music and older country music.[11][15]

Personal Life

Branch married her bass player Teddy Landau in Mexico on May 23, 2004,[20][14][2] and gave birth to a baby girl named Owen Isabelle on August 3, 2005.[21] Prior to meeting her husband she dated guitarist Sean Woolstenhulme of Lifehouse and The Calling.[7]

In 2007, she sold her Calabasas home and moved to Nashville.[22][23]


Studio albums


Year Film / Show Role Episode
2001 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Herself / Musical Guest Tabula Rasa
2002 American Dreams Leslie Gore The End of the Innocence
2002 The Hot Chick DJ
2003 Charmed Herself / Musical Guest Centennial Charmed
2005 One Tree Hill Herself / Musical Guest The Hero Dies In This One


Year Organization Award[10] Result
2002 MTV Video Music Awards Best Female Video ("All You Wanted") Nominated
Best Pop Video ("All You Wanted")
Viewer's Choice ("Everywhere") Won
2003 Grammy Awards Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals —("The Game of Love" with Santana)
Best New Artist Nominated
2004 Best Female Rock Vocal Performance — ("Are You Happy Now?")
2006 Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year (as The Wreckers)
2007 Grammy Awards Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal — ("Leave the Pieces" as The Wreckers)
Music Row Awards Major Label Breakout Artist of the Year (as The Wreckers) Won
R&R Readers' Poll Best New Performer (as The Wreckers)


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g Official bio, http://www.michellebranch.com/bio, retrieved December 2, 2009 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Remz, Jeffrey (November 2006), The Wreckers clean up, Country Standard Time, http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/article.asp?xid=994&c=111, retrieved December 2, 2009 
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  5. ^ a b c d e f g Mike Kai (November 25, 2003). "A Conversation with Michelle Branch". asianconnections.com. http://www.asianconnections.com/a/?article_id=189. 
  6. ^ a b Music Review: The Spirit Room, Michelle Branch, http://www.happygrrls.com/arts/branch.html 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Melissa Worden (September 14,2001). "Breakout: Michelle Branch". usatoday.com. http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/2001-09-14-michelle-branch.htm. 
  8. ^ a b Prato, Alison (April 2010), "Homeward Bound", Inked Magazine: 59-62 
  9. ^ a b "Billboard Biography: Michelle Branch". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/michelle-branch/bio/446757. Retrieved 03-16-2010. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f Awards and nominations of Michelle Branch
  11. ^ a b c Rollingstone.com Rolling Stone magazine, 6/17/03 Retrieved on 02-24-08
  12. ^ "Billboard Chart History: Hotel Paper". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/album/michelle-branch/hotel-paper/585723. Retrieved 03-16-2010. 
  13. ^ a b Finan, Eileen (June 12, 2006), "The Wreckers Michelle Branch & Jessica Harp", People (Time Inc.), http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20061154,00.html, retrieved December 2, 2009 
  14. ^ a b c d e f Tecson, Brandee (March 14, 2005), Michelle Branch No Longer Wrecking Homes, MTV Network, http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1498083/20050314/branch_michelle.jhtml 
  15. ^ a b c CMT.com: Marty Robbins: The Wreckers Won't Stand Still, http://www.cmt.com/artists/news/1535658/20060705/robbins_marty.jhtml 
  16. ^ Orzeck, Kur (06-19-2007), White Stripes Look To Crush Mandy Moore's Wild Hope, In New Releases, http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1562710/20070618/white_stripes.jhtml, retrieved 03-16-2010 
  17. ^ "Chris Isaak's New Album Features Michelle Branch, Trisha Yearwood", CMT (MTV Networks), February 23, 2009, http://www.cmt.com/news/news-in-brief/1605665/chris-isaaks-new-album-features-michelle-branch-trisha-yearwood.jhtml 
  18. ^ Michelle Branch throws Gibson Hummingbird to the waves in new video "Breathe", http://www.gibson.com/player/nov03/movesandgrooves.html, retrieved 03-16-2010 
  19. ^ Soundings: Random Signals from the Taylor Guitars Universe, http://www.taylorguitars.com/woodandsteel/issues/ws_winter_2002.pdf, retrieved 03-16-2010 
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  22. ^ "Singer, songwriter and guitarist Michelle Branch sells her five-bedroom, 5,296-square-foot (492.0 m2) house in Calabasas, CA for $2.94M; now lives in Nashville, TN". Big Time Listings. November 7, 2007. http://www.bergproperties.com/blog/singer-songwriter-and-guitarist-michelle-branch-sells-her-five-bedroom-5296-square-foot-house-in-calabasas-ca-for-294m-now-lives-in-nashville-tn/2306/celebrities. Retrieved February 5, 2008. 
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Michelle Branch performing at Toronto, October 2003.
Background information
Birth name Michelle Jacquet Branch-Landau
Born July 2, 1983 (1983-07-02) (age 27)
Origin Sedona, Arizona, USA
Genres Pop rock, country
Instruments Vocals, guitar, cello, accordion, harmonica, kazoo, piano, mandolin
Years active 2000–present
Labels Maverick
Associated acts The Wreckers
Website http://www.michellebranch.com/

Michelle Jacquet Branch-Landau (born July 2, 1983) is a singer from the United States. She writes songs and plays the guitar. She made her first appearance in 2000, and released the platinum-selling albums The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper in August 2001 and June 2003 respectively. During this period, she worked with Santana on the single "The Game of Love", which won a Grammy Award. In 2004, she formed the musical duo The Wreckers with fellow musician Jessica Harp.

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