About Michelle Branch
Pop-rock singer-songwriter Michelle Branch broke through in the early 2000s with a string of ubiquitous Top 40 hits, including the smash 2002 Santana collaboration “The Game of Love.”
• Branch was musically inclined from an early age. Her parents signed her up for vocal lessons at Northern Arizona University and bought her a guitar when she was 14.
• In 1998, a 17-year-old Branch released the self-produced album Broken Bracelet via the independent label Twin Dragon Records.
• Broken Bracelet was named for a bracelet made by singer Jewel—it was given to Branch by frequent Jewel collaborator Steve Poltz. Poltz told Branch she would become famous when it broke. It apparently broke the day Branch landed a deal with Maverick Records in 2001.
• Branch’s 2001 major label debut, The Spirit Room, went double platinum and spawned three Top 40 hits: “Everywhere,” “All You Wanted,” and “Goodbye to You.”
• She teamed with Santana in 2002 for “The Game of Love.” It peaked at No. 5 in the US and won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Branch was also nominated that year for Best New Artist.
• Her 2003 sophomore album, Hotel Paper, debuted at No. 2 in the US. It yielded two more Top 40 singles: “Are You Happy Now?” and “Breathe.”
• In 2003, Branch earned a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for “Are You Happy Now?”
• Branch and longtime friend Jessica Harp formed the country-pop duo The Wreckers in 2005. They released their first and only album, Stand Still, Look Pretty, a year later.
• In 2017, Branch experimented with synth-tinged retro-pop on her third album, Hopeless Romantic, cowritten and coproduced by Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, whom she would marry in 2019.
BORNJuly 2, 1983