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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.   Hopeless Romantic
  12.   You Set Me Free
  13.   Carry Me Home
  14.   Crazy Ride
  15.   This Way
  16.   Wanting Out (Non-Album Track)
  17.   'Til I Get Over You
  18.   Sweet Misery
  19.   Here With Me
  20.   You Get Me
  21.   City
  22.   Shadow
  23.   Not a Love Song
  24.   Temporary Feeling
  25.   Loud Music
  26.   Summertime
  27.   Ready to Let You Go
  28.   Together
  29.   It's You
  30.   Hotel Paper
  31.   Where Are You Now?
  32.   Desperately
  33.   Love Me Like That
  34.   One of These Days
  35.   Tuesday Morning
  36.   Empty Handed
  37.   Find Your Way Back
  38.   Something to Sleep To
  39.   If Only She Knew
  40.   I'd Rather Be in Love
  41.   Drop in the Ocean
  42.   Last Night
  43.   Knock Yourself Out
  44.   Living a Lie
  45.   Heartbreak Now
  46.   Fault Line
  47.   You're Good
  48.   I Want Tears
  49.   Everything Comes and Goes
  50.   Lay Me Down
  51.   Intro
  52.   Strange
  53.   Bad Side

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