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Michelle Branch

Although she rose to fame during the teen pop era, Michelle Branch -- who was 17 years old when her debut album, The Spirit Room, began its double-platinum run in 2001 -- modeled her own songs after iconic alt-rock females like Lisa Loeb and Melissa Etheridge. Raised in Arizona, Branch sang throughout her childhood but didn’t pick up the guitar until her 14th birthday, when she received the instrument as a gift. Within a week, she’d written her first song. Branch’s parents eventually decided to home school their daughter, allowing her more time to focus on a budding musical career and play shows in the Sedona area. Following the release of her first independent album, 1998’s Broken Bracelet, Branch began attracting attention from major labels. She signed with Maverick Records and began co-writing with John Shanks, a former member of Melissa Etheridge’s band who had since moved into production. Together, the two wrote “Everywhere,” which became Branch’s first hit single in 2001. Released that summer, her debut album quickly produced two more hits, including the Top Ten single “All You Wanted.” While working on a second album, Branch found time to collaborate with Santana on “The Game of Love,” which became the lead single for Santana’s 2002 album Shaman. “The Game of Love” peaked at number five and eventually won a Grammy Award, while “Are You Happy Now?” -- the first song from Branch’s sophomore album, Hotel Paper -- maintained her presence on the charts in early 2003. Like The Spirit Room, Hotel Paper went platinum and spawned two Top 40 singles. While touring in support of the album, Branch became engaged to her bass player, Teddy Landau, and the two married in May 2004. One year later, she launched a country side project with her backup singer, Jessica Harp. Initially calling themselves the Cass County Homewreckers, the two eventually trimmed down their name to the Wreckers and released an album, Stand Still, Look Pretty, in 2006. The album went gold, due in large part to the lead single “Leave the Pieces,” which topped the country charts. The Wreckers went their separate ways in 2007, with both musicians returning to their own careers. Branch spent several years writing songs and making guest appearances on other albums (including Chris Isaak’s Mr. Lucky) before issuing a short EP, Everything Comes and Goes, in 2010. Meanwhile, she readied a full album, Different Kind of Country, for release later that year. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring
Michelle Branch

    Breakup Songs

    Breakup Songs
    1 song

    Lite Hits

    Lite Hits
    2 songs

    Female Focus

    Female Focus
    4 songs

Albums by
Michelle Branch

Top Songs by
Michelle Branch

  1.   Song
  2.   All You Wanted
  3.   Everywhere
  4.   Are You Happy Now?
  5.   Goodbye to You
  6.   Breathe
  7.   Sooner or Later
  8.   A Case of You
  9.   You Get Me
  10.   'Til I Get Over You
  11.   Loud Music
  12.   Strange
  13.   Life On Mars
  14.   [CD-ROM Track]
  15.   Here with Me
  16.   The Game of Love
  17.   Sweet Misery
  18.   Love Me Like That by Sheryl Crow
  19.   Summertime
  20.   Are You Happt Now?
  21.   Lay Me Down
  22.   This Way
  23.   Together
  24.   Washing Machine
  25.   It's You
  26.   Hotel Paper
  27.   Desperately
  28.   One of These Days
  29.   Find Your Way Back
  30.   I'd Rather Be in Love
  31.   If Only She Knew
  32.   Something to Sleep To
  33.   Everything Comes and Goes
  34.   Crazy Ride
  35.   Leap of Faith
  36.   Second Chances
  37.   I'll Always Be Right There
  38.   Stewart's Coast
  39.   Paper Pieces
  40.   Where Are You Now?
  41.   Love Me Like That
  42.   Empty Handed
  43.   Intro
  44.   Tuesday Morning
  45.   I Want Tears
  46.   Wanting Out (Non-Album Track)
  47.   Drop in the Ocean
  48.   Ready to Let You Go
  49.   You Set Me Free

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