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Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist & Grammy-Winning Musician

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One day in 2012, Michelle Branch wrote a song called “City” that would turn out to be eerily prescient. “I was nearing my 30th birthday and I thought, ‘Something needs to change in my life,’ she says. “I felt stagnant in this weird holding pattern, but I never acknowledged it to myself until I wrote that song. A lot of huge things happened to me really young. I got signed at 17 and released my first album a month after I turned 18. I met my ex-husband when I was 19, got married at 20, and had a baby at 21. ‘City’ was a song about me realizing that I wanted to make a change. It was one of the first things I wrote that felt really honest and it was kind of an ‘A-ha’ moment for me. Once I sang it, I thought, ‘Oh, here we go.’”

“City” is now the closing track on Branch’s upcoming new album Hopeless Romantic, and Branch’s world has completely changed since she wrote it. The Sedona, Arizona-born singer, songwriter, and musician went through a divorce, changed record labels, moved from Los Angeles to Nashville, fell in love, and, in the process, made the album of her dreams with her producer and now partner, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys.

Not surprisingly, Hopeless Romantic is filled with songs about relationships. “They’re my favorite topic,” she says. “I love hearing human stories about people interacting with each other, and the title perfectly sums up the record. A lot of these songs are about heartbreak, but knowing that it doesn’t mean the end of the world, it just means letting go and moving on and knowing that you’re going to find something better, as hard as that is.”

Branch also notes that Hopeless Romantic is her first truly autobiographical record. “My first album certainly was written without much real-life experience,” she says. “But this album is about adult, messy love and not teenage love. It’s been a couple of interesting years. I mean, the last time I dated I was a teenager!” Branch was 17 when she signed with Maverick Records. The label had heard her independently released album Broken Bracelet and was impressed by her obvious songwriting talent, powerful vocal delivery, and precocious guitar chops at a time when many young female artists were singing other people’s songs. In 2001, Branch released The Spirit Room, which sold two million copies in the U.S., thanks to the catchy, heartfelt hits “Everywhere” and “All You Wanted,” and ushered in a new era of young women writing and performing their own songs. She followed it up with 2003’s Hotel Paper, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart and became Branch’s second platinum-selling disc in the U.S. It spawned the hit single “Are You Happy Now?”, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Female Rock Performance.” Branch also won a Grammy for singing on Carlos Santana’s “The Game of Love,” which reached No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and spent many weeks atop the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. In 2006, Branch found success with modern-country duo The Wreckers, whose debut Stand Still, Look Pretty was praised by critics for breaking down barriers between pop and country. The gold-certified album spawned the hit single “Leave the Pieces,” which topped the Hot Country Songs chart for several weeks, as well as “My Oh My” and “Tennessee,” and earned Branch her fourth Grammy nomination. (She was also nominated for Best New Artist in 2003.)

“It all seems like it was another lifetime,” Branch says of her heady career. “But I’m 33 now and I look back at everything that I’ve already accomplished and it’s kind of a relief, to be honest. Like, ‘Okay, I did that. I got that out of the way.’” Though the last collection she released was the six-track EP Everything Comes and Goes in 2010, Branch never stopped writing songs (including several with her friend Amy Kuney, many of which appear on Hopeless Romantic). In February 2015, Branch ran into Patrick Carney at a Grammy party and a long conversation about her music ensued. “He said, ‘You haven’t put out any music in a long time, what’s going on? I’ve always loved your voice,’” she recalls. Branch sent him some demos and the two began sketching out a sonic vision of what a potential album could sound like. “I said, ‘I play guitar, I write my own music. It’s not that complicated. I want to get in with a band and make something I can get on stage and play. I don’t want to be doing all this on a computer.’ Patrick understood that immediately. I think it really became a cause for him, like, ‘We’re going to figure this out and I’m going to help you.’”

In June 2015, Branch signed with Verve Records and she and Carney recruited musician Gus Seyffert, who has played with The Black Keys and Beck, to play bass and other instruments. They holed up at Seyffert’s home studio in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. “The three of us took turns playing everything,” Branch says. “The first day we worked on a song called ‘Carry Me Home’ and Patrick handed me a guitar and said, ‘Here, you play it,’ and I said, ‘No, it’s okay. You play it.’ And he was like, ‘No, Michelle. I think you’re used to everyone in the past playing the guitar for you or not giving you the chance to actually do it yourself. This is your record, you know how it’s supposed to be played. Play the guitar.’ I remember skipping out of the studio that first day elated that I had found the two people who were going to have my back making this record.”

The result is a confident, high-spirited rock album that Branch says is the first one she’s made that sounds like music she actually listens to. “I told Patrick how much I love Beach House and Jenny Lewis and he said, ‘No one would ever know that you listen to indie-rock or that you have this knowledge of rock music, but you do and you’re passionate about it. Why aren’t you making a record that sounds like that?’”

The album’s sonics serve the sentiments of these relationship-oriented songs. “Fault Line” is about wanting a relationship to work but knowing it’s past the point of being fixed, while “Best You Ever” gave Branch the last word on a past relationship. “It felt good to say, ‘You don’t realize how good you have it. One day you’re going to look back realize that.’ I think a lot of people feel that way after a break-up,” she says. “’Heartbreak Now’ is an ‘I know you’re not good for me, but I can’t stop thinking about you,’ song,” Branch says. “I wanted it to sound completely obsessive.”

During the course of making Hopeless Romantic, Branch and Carney realized that their feelings for each other went beyond friendship. The song “Carry Me Home” will always remind her of the first days in the studio when, without realizing what was happening, she had set in motion a sequence of events that would change everything. “I remember saying to my sister, ‘I’ve met someone who’s going to be so important in my life. I don’t know if it’s a mentor thing or if it’s just purely a music thing, but I have never connected with somebody in that way,’ she recalls. “I truly believe everything happens for a reason. I made a record I’m enormously proud of and, in the process, found the love of my life, and it just feels like it was supposed to happen.”

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Michelle Branch Biography

One day in 2012, Michelle Branch wrote a song called “City” that would turn out to be eerily prescient. “I was nearing my 30th birthday and I thought, ‘Something needs to change in my life,’ she says. “I felt stagnant in this weird holding pattern, but I never acknowledged it to myself until I wrote that song. A lot of huge things happened to me really young. I got signed at 17 and released my first album a month after I turned 18. I met my ex-husband when I was 19, got married at 20, and had a baby at 21. ‘City’ was a song about me realizing that I wanted to make a change. It was one of the first things I wrote that felt really honest and it was kind of an ‘A-ha’ moment for me. Once I sang it, I thought, ‘Oh, here we go.’”

“City” is now the closing track on Branch’s upcoming new album Hopeless Romantic, and Branch’s world has completely changed since she wrote it. The Sedona, Arizona-born singer, songwriter, and musician went through a divorce, changed record labels, moved from Los Angeles to Nashville, fell in love, and, in the process, made the album of her dreams with her producer and now partner, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys.

Not surprisingly, Hopeless Romantic is filled with songs about relationships. “They’re my favorite topic,” she says. “I love hearing human stories about people interacting with each other, and the title perfectly sums up the record. A lot of these songs are about heartbreak, but knowing that it doesn’t mean the end of the world, it just means letting go and moving on and knowing that you’re going to find something better, as hard as that is.”

Branch also notes that Hopeless Romantic is her first truly autobiographical record. “My first album certainly was written without much real-life experience,” she says. “But this album is about adult, messy love and not teenage love. It’s been a couple of interesting years. I mean, the last time I dated I was a teenager!” Branch was 17 when she signed with Maverick Records. The label had heard her independently released album Broken Bracelet and was impressed by her obvious songwriting talent, powerful vocal delivery, and precocious guitar chops at a time when many young female artists were singing other people’s songs. In 2001, Branch released The Spirit Room, which sold two million copies in the U.S., thanks to the catchy, heartfelt hits “Everywhere” and “All You Wanted,” and ushered in a new era of young women writing and performing their own songs. She followed it up with 2003’s Hotel Paper, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart and became Branch’s second platinum-selling disc in the U.S. It spawned the hit single “Are You Happy Now?”, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Female Rock Performance.” Branch also won a Grammy for singing on Carlos Santana’s “The Game of Love,” which reached No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and spent many weeks atop the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. In 2006, Branch found success with modern-country duo The Wreckers, whose debut Stand Still, Look Pretty was praised by critics for breaking down barriers between pop and country. The gold-certified album spawned the hit single “Leave the Pieces,” which topped the Hot Country Songs chart for several weeks, as well as “My Oh My” and “Tennessee,” and earned Branch her fourth Grammy nomination. (She was also nominated for Best New Artist in 2003.)

“It all seems like it was another lifetime,” Branch says of her heady career. “But I’m 33 now and I look back at everything that I’ve already accomplished and it’s kind of a relief, to be honest. Like, ‘Okay, I did that. I got that out of the way.’” Though the last collection she released was the six-track EP Everything Comes and Goes in 2010, Branch never stopped writing songs (including several with her friend Amy Kuney, many of which appear on Hopeless Romantic). In February 2015, Branch ran into Patrick Carney at a Grammy party and a long conversation about her music ensued. “He said, ‘You haven’t put out any music in a long time, what’s going on? I’ve always loved your voice,’” she recalls. Branch sent him some demos and the two began sketching out a sonic vision of what a potential album could sound like. “I said, ‘I play guitar, I write my own music. It’s not that complicated. I want to get in with a band and make something I can get on stage and play. I don’t want to be doing all this on a computer.’ Patrick understood that immediately. I think it really became a cause for him, like, ‘We’re going to figure this out and I’m going to help you.’”

In June 2015, Branch signed with Verve Records and she and Carney recruited musician Gus Seyffert, who has played with The Black Keys and Beck, to play bass and other instruments. They holed up at Seyffert’s home studio in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. “The three of us took turns playing everything,” Branch says. “The first day we worked on a song called ‘Carry Me Home’ and Patrick handed me a guitar and said, ‘Here, you play it,’ and I said, ‘No, it’s okay. You play it.’ And he was like, ‘No, Michelle. I think you’re used to everyone in the past playing the guitar for you or not giving you the chance to actually do it yourself. This is your record, you know how it’s supposed to be played. Play the guitar.’ I remember skipping out of the studio that first day elated that I had found the two people who were going to have my back making this record.”

The result is a confident, high-spirited rock album that Branch says is the first one she’s made that sounds like music she actually listens to. “I told Patrick how much I love Beach House and Jenny Lewis and he said, ‘No one would ever know that you listen to indie-rock or that you have this knowledge of rock music, but you do and you’re passionate about it. Why aren’t you making a record that sounds like that?’”

The album’s sonics serve the sentiments of these relationship-oriented songs. “Fault Line” is about wanting a relationship to work but knowing it’s past the point of being fixed, while “Best You Ever” gave Branch the last word on a past relationship. “It felt good to say, ‘You don’t realize how good you have it. One day you’re going to look back realize that.’ I think a lot of people feel that way after a break-up,” she says. “’Heartbreak Now’ is an ‘I know you’re not good for me, but I can’t stop thinking about you,’ song,” Branch says. “I wanted it to sound completely obsessive.”

During the course of making Hopeless Romantic, Branch and Carney realized that their feelings for each other went beyond friendship. The song “Carry Me Home” will always remind her of the first days in the studio when, without realizing what was happening, she had set in motion a sequence of events that would change everything. “I remember saying to my sister, ‘I’ve met someone who’s going to be so important in my life. I don’t know if it’s a mentor thing or if it’s just purely a music thing, but I have never connected with somebody in that way,’ she recalls. “I truly believe everything happens for a reason. I made a record I’m enormously proud of and, in the process, found the love of my life, and it just feels like it was supposed to happen.”

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  • How to book Michelle Branch?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Michelle Branch for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Michelle Branch, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Michelle Branch or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Michelle Branch?

    Booking fees for Michelle Branch, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Michelle Branch, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Michelle Branch?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Michelle Branch for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michelle Branch for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Michelle Branch or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Michelle Branch or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Michelle Branch is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Michelle Branch for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Michelle Branch generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Sara Evans, Smash Mouth, Natasha Bedingfield, Jordin Sparks and Jesse McCartney. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michelle Branch for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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