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Michelle Branch

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Date of Birth:02 July 1983
Birthplace:Phoenix, AZ
Age:26
First Name:Michelle
Last Name:Branch
Height:5' 6" (168 cm)
Star Sign:Cancer
Claim to Fame:Are You Happy Now?
Occupation:Singer, Songwriter
Occupation Category:Singer
Nationality:American
Music Genre:Pop
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Biography for Michelle Branch

Michelle Branch (born Jul. 2, 1983 (36 years ago)) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for her collaboration with Santana on the Grammy-winning single "The Game of Love". During the early 2000's, she released two top-selling albums, The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper, as well as singles such as "Everywhere", "All You Wanted", and "Are You Happy Now?". This led her to have a very successful pop rock career, which allowed her to make several appearances in TV shows. She was nominated in 2003 (16 years ago) for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Following her marriage and subsequent pregnancy in 2004 (15 years ago), Branch placed her solo career on hold. In 2005 (14 years ago), she formed the country musical duo The Wreckers with friend and fellow musician Jessica Harp, and produced a Grammy-nominated single "Leave the Pieces". Despite their success, the band "took a break" in 2007 (12 years ago) to pursue their solo careers. Her new album, Everything Comes and Goes, will explore her acoustic/alternative musical roots as well as country music and will be released in 2009 (10 years ago).

Career

1983-2000: Early life and Broken Bracelet
Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch was born on Jul. 2, 1983 (36 years ago) in Sedona, Arizona to an Irish father and a mother of Dutch Indonesian ancestry. She was named after the Beatles' song Michelle and her surname is of French origin. When she was 8 years old, she started taking voice lessons at a local university. Branch received a guitar for her fourteenth birthday from her uncle and she immediately taught herself chords, allowing her to compose her first song within a few days. During high school, she began writing songs extensively. She initially attended Sedona Red Rock High School but decided to continue her education through home schooling. Branch's career began with the release of Broken Bracelet by the independent record label Twin Dragon Records in Jun. 1, 2000 (19 years ago). It was inspired by a Lisa Loeb concert she attended. Before the concert began, musician Steve Poltz gave her a bracelet made by Jewel and said "when it breaks you'll be famous". A year later the bracelet snapped and she thought nothing of it.

2001-2004: The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper
Branch would soon sign a record deal with Maverick Records while opening for Hanson in dec. 2000 (19 years ago). Her first album under the label, The Spirit Room, was released in Aug. 2001 (18 years ago), producing the hit single "Everywhere", which won the 2003 (16 years ago) MTV Video Music Awards Viewer's Choice, followed by "All You Wanted" and "Goodbye to You". She became frequently compared with singers Marion Raven, Avril Lavigne (141 walls), and Vanessa Carlton, all of whom rose to prominence at around the same time as she did. In 2002 (17 years ago), her career as an artist began to blossom when she teamed up with Santana on the song "The Game of Love" which went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. She would then earn a Grammy nomination in 2003 (16 years ago) for Best New Artist which was won by Norah Jones. Her second album, Hotel Paper, was released in 2003 (16 years ago) and was met with mixed reviews. The lead single "Are You Happy Now?" became a success and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, which was won by Pink's Trouble but the following singles, "Breathe" and "'Til I Get over You", did not. She then appeared as herself in several TV shows, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed, where she promoted her music and has guested on movies and TV shows like The Hot Chick and American Dreams. On Jun. 2004 (15 years ago), she hosted MTV's 'Faking the Video' alongside Nick Lachey and JC Chasez.

2005-2007:The Wreckers
Michelle Branch (center) during a Jun. 2007 (12 years ago) concert with Jessica Harp (right) as The Wreckers.Branch decided to collaborate with her back-up singer and long-time friend Jessica Harp on a new project in July, 2005 (14 years ago). They were initially known as the "The Cass County Homewreckers" as a joke by Branch's husband, but they trimmed it down to The Wreckers. Their album tried to combine their respective genres, pop rock and country. It was originally due for release in Jun. 2005 (14 years ago) but was delayed because of reasons surrounding Branch's pregnancy. The duo's' first single, "Leave the Pieces", was released in Feb. 2006 (13 years ago), while their album Stand Still, Look Pretty was released in May. During this period, they contributed in Santana's album, All That I Am, with the song "I'm Feeling You", appeared in American teen drama One Tree Hill, and joined country music stars Rascal Flatts and Gary Allan on a U.S. tour. They initially toured with Gavin DeGraw. The album did not satisfy some of her fans, who fumed their displeasure on the message boards for The Wreckers' official website, which had to be shut down. Despite the negative backlash, the group was nominated for the 2006 (13 years ago) CMA Awards Vocal Duo of the Year and for a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song "Leave the Pieces" in dec. 2006 (13 years ago), and Stand Still, Look Pretty was certified Gold by the RIAA with sales of 851,000 copies as of Mar. 2009 (10 years ago). As of early Aug. 2007 (12 years ago), Branch and Jessica Harp announced on the band's official message board that they were putting the band on hold while they went forward with solo albums. Subsequent press statements have made it clear that The Wreckers, at least as a partnership between Branch and Harp, is no more.

2008-present: Everything Comes and Goes
Immediately after, Branch wrote an unreleased song for Mandy Moore's 2007 (12 years ago) album Wild Hope and also wrote "Together" for the soundtrack of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. In Oct. 2007 (12 years ago), she announced that she was working on a new solo album and later reported the title would be Everything Comes and Goes. In Jun. 2008 (11 years ago), 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 stay on the country route. A few song titles discussed were "Long Goodbye", "Texas In The Mirror", "This Way", and the ballad "Crazy Ride". On her website, Branch put up a 46-second clip of her new single, "This Way" and in Feb. 2009 (10 years ago) released the full song as a free download for her website's members. Also in early 2009 (10 years ago), she sang the song "I Lose My Heart" in a duet with Chris Isaak on his new album Mr. Lucky. The first single from the album, "Sooner Or Later," was released on Jul. 28, 2009 (10 years ago).

Personal life

Branch married her bass player, Teddy Landau, in Mexico on May 23, 2004 (15 years ago), and gave birth to a baby girl named Owen Isabelle on Aug. 3, 2005 (14 years ago). Her other relatives include an older half-brother named David, a younger sister named Nicole, a maternal grandmother, who was held by the Japanese in an internment camp during World War II, and a maternal grandfather, who was French and Indonesian. During 2007 (12 years ago), she sold her Southern California home and moved to Nashville on Jan. 2008 (11 years ago). On Jun. 15, 2008 (11 years ago), Branch announced on her official message board that she will be fulfilling a lifelong dream by opening a bakery in Nashville called 'The Sugar Bar' with pastry chef Rebekka Seale. Unfortunately, the plan was postponed so that she could focus on her solo career.

Filmography

  • American Dreams
  • The Hot Chick
  • One Tree Hill

TV-shows (series)

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Charmed

Discography

  • Albums:
  • Broken Bracelet
  • The Spirit Room
  • Hotel Paper
  • Everything Comes and Goes
  • Singles:
  • "Everywhere"
  • "All You Wanted"
  • "Goodbye to You"
  • "Are You Happy Now?"
  • "Breathe"
  • "Till I Get Over You"
  • "Sooner or Later"
  • "The Game of Love" with Santana
  • "I'm Feeling You"

Awards and nominations

  • MTV Video Music Awards
  • Grammy Awards
  • Country Music Association
  • Grammy Awards
  • Music Row Awards


Source: en.wikipedia.org


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