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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. Over the next three years, she worked on an album called West Coast Time, but the album never materialized. Branch left Maverick/Reprise in 2015, signing with Verve that year. With the assistance of producers Gus Seyffert (Beck) and Patrick Carney (best known as the drummer of the Black Keys), she worked on her first album for Verve throughout 2016, releasing Hopeless Romantic in March 2017. ~ Andrew Leahey
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  1.   Song
  2.   All You Wanted
  3.   Everywhere
  4.   Are You Happy Now?
  5.   Goodbye to You
  6.   Breathe
  7.   Life On Mars
  8.   A Case of You
  9.   Best You Ever
  10.   Sooner or Later
  11.   Here With Me
  12.   If Only She Knew
  13.   Carry Me Home
  14.   Hopeless Romantic
  15.   Love Me Like That
  16.   One of These Days
  17.   Find Your Way Back
  18.   I'd Rather Be in Love
  19.   You Get Me
  20.   Last Night
  21.   Temporary Feeling
  22.   Heartbreak Now
  23.   Loud Music
  24.   Summertime
  25.   Crazy Ride
  26.   Lay Me Down
  27.   This Way
  28.   Together
  29.   Wanting Out (Non-Album Track)
  30.   It's You
  31.   'Til I Get Over You
  32.   Hotel Paper
  33.   Where Are You Now?
  34.   Desperately
  35.   Sweet Misery
  36.   You Set Me Free
  37.   Intro
  38.   City
  39.   Not a Love Song
  40.   Knock Yourself Out
  41.   You're Good
  42.   Ready to Let You Go
  43.   I Want Tears
  44.   Everything Comes and Goes
  45.   Strange
  46.   Tuesday Morning
  47.   Something to Sleep To
  48.   Shadow
  49.   Bad Side
  50.   Fault Line
  51.   Living a Lie
  52.   Empty Handed
  53.   Drop in the Ocean

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