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Michelle Branch

She received a guitar from her parents for her 14th birthday. Three years later, after sending a demo tape to Hanson and opening for them on tour, had signed a deal with Maverick Records. She subsequently had four top ten hits. The inspiration for writing her own songs can be found by The Beatles and other bands. Songs like “Something to Sleep To” are musically inspired by The Beatles.

She made her debut in 2000 and released the platinum-selling albums The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper in later years.

The Spirit Room was released in 2001. The album, which was produced by John Shanks (Melissa Etheridge, Chris Isaak), was an immediate hit. The Spirit Room sold 2.5 million copies and earned Branch a Grammy and an MTV Viewer’s Choice Award. The album also spawned three top ten hits.

Michelle performed a duet with Carlos Santana on the album Shaman. The single “The Game of Love” became an international hit. On June 23, 2003, Branch released her second album, Hotel Paper.

In 2004 she formed the band The Wreckers with fellow musician Jessica Harp. Their album “Stand Still Look Pretty” was also released on Maverick Records, although the Wreckers’ country sound shocked many of Branch’s old fans.

Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch was born on July 2, 1983, in Sedona, Arizona, to David and Peggy Branch, six months after they were married
Her father is of Irish descent, and her mother is of Dutch Indonesian and French descent
Her siblings include an older half-brother named David and a younger sister named Nicole
Beginning to sing at the age of three, Branch enrolled in voice lessons at Northern Arizona University when she was eight, and received her first guitar for her fourteenth birthday
During the early 2000s, she released two top-selling albums, The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper, and was subsequently nominated for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2003
In 2005, she formed the country music duo The Wreckers with friend and fellow musician Jessica Harp, and produced the Grammy-nominated single "Leave the Pieces"
The Wreckers disbanded in 2007 to pursue their respective solo careers
She has had several commercially successful songs, most notably winning a Grammy with Santana for "The Game of Love"

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