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The Wreckers

The Wreckers (Michelle Branch (center), Jessica Harp (right)) performing on June 2007, just over a month before their break-up
Background information
Origin USA
Genres Country
Years active 2005-2007
Labels Maverick/Warner Bros. Nashville
Associated acts Santana, Jennifer Hanson
Website thewreckers.com
Former members
Michelle Branch
Jessica Harp

The Wreckers were an American country duo formed in 2005 by Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp, both of whom had solo recordings before the duo's foundation. In 2006, the duo released its debut album Stand Still, Look Pretty, which produced a Number One single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs in its lead-off single "Leave the Pieces." The album accounted for a Top Ten hit on the same chart in "My, Oh My" as well. After its release, both Branch and Harp returned to being solo singers. Harp has since had Top 40 country success of her own with the single "Boy Like Me".

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Stand Still, Look Pretty

Sometime in 2005, Michelle Branch recruited her longtime friend and backing vocalist Jessica Harp on a new musical venture, incorporating elements from both Branch's pop-rock style and Harp's country style to form a unique-sounding duo. Thus, The Wreckers (a shortened form of the second band name given to the girls by Michelle's husband Teddy Landau, "The Cass County Homewreckers") were formed and were soon signed to Maverick Records.

The Wreckers' song "The Good Kind" -- originally recorded solely by Harp -- was soon featured on the hit teen television series One Tree Hill. They performed this song on the show on February 8, 2005. Later that month, the duo embarked on the month-long, nation-wide One Tree Hill Tour alongside Gavin DeGraw, Tyler Hilton, and Bethany Joy Lenz. Branch later expressed her dislike of going on tour without releasing an album first, and The Wreckers then attempted to release their debut album, Stand Still, Look Pretty.

The album was finally released in May 2006, led off by the single "Leave the Pieces", a Number One country hit. It was followed by a heavy promotional radio campaign by the band which allowed it to make the top five on the country music albums chart in the United States, the top twenty on the Billboard 200, and the Number One album on the United Kingdom Country Chart. This allowed them to have various live performances including one in Indianapolis, Indiana at Monument Circle in August 2006 as part of the Final Four celebration., and on tour as Rascal Flatts's opening act during the summer of 2006, in addition to playing smaller club dates as headliners. "My, Oh My", was the second single from Stand Still, Look Pretty, and its Wild West-themed video was filmed on the Wild West stage at Universal Studios.

The band were nominated for "Vocal Duo of the Year" at the 40th Annual CMA Awards, but lost to Brooks & Dunn. In December 2006, they were nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" for "Leave the Pieces" and ended up winning the award, the group's one and only award they have won thus far.[1] The duo has since stated that their next recording projects will be solo albums. Jessica Harp has stated that they will indeed continue The Wreckers as a side project, but solo albums are what "feels right" for now. [2] Harp released a solo single, "Boy Like Me" from the album A Woman Needs, to country radio in early 2009. Branch, meanwhile, recently released the single "Sooner or Later" and recorded her upcoming album Everything Comes and Goes.

Discography

The Wreckers discography
Releases
Studio albums 1
Singles 5
Video albums 1
Music videos 3
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Albums

All albums released on Maverick Records/Warner Bros. Records.

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country US CAN Country
2006 Stand Still, Look Pretty
  • Released: May 23, 2006
4 14 14
  • US certification: Gold
2007 Way Back Home: Live at New York City
  • Released: December 4, 2007

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country US US AC US
Pop
CAN CAN Country
2005 "The Good Kind" 115 One Tree Hill (soundtrack)
2006 "Leave the Pieces" 1 34 54 20 1 Stand Still, Look Pretty
"My, Oh My" 9 87 6
2007 "Tennessee" 33
As a featured artist
2005 "I'm Feeling You" (with Santana) 55 5 56 34 All That I Am
"—" denotes the single failed to chart, or wasn't released

Music videos

Year Video Director
2005 "I'm Feeling You" (with Santana)
2006 "Leave the Pieces" Trey Fanjoy
"My, Oh My" Paul Boyd
2007 "Tennessee"

Awards

Year Organization Award Result
2006 Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year Nominated
2007 Grammy Awards Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal — ("Leave the Pieces")
Music Row Awards Major Label Breakout Artist of the Year Won
R&R Readers' Poll Best New Performer

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