Born in Sedona, Arizona, in 1983, Michelle Branch started singing when she was just 3 years old, began voice lessons at age 8 and got her first guitar at 14. After self-releasing her debut album, Broken Bracelet, in 2000, Branch scored a deal with Madonna‘s Maverick Records and released her major-label debut, The Spirit Room, in August 2001. In addition to spawning the hit singles “Everywhere,” “All You Wanted” and “Goodbye to You,” the album catapulted Branch to fame and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.
Branch later collaborated with legendary guitarist Carlos Santana on 2002’s “The Game of Love,” which won the duo a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals. In 2003, she released the album, Hotel Paper, which went platinum and earned her another Grammy nod.
Branch and her friend Jessica Harp teamed up to form country duo The Wreckers in 2005, eventually releasing an album titled Stand Still, Look Pretty. Their debut single, “Leave the Pieces,” was nominated for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 2007 Grammys, but the pair lost to The Chicks for “Not Ready to Make Nice.”
From 2008 to 2012, Branch worked on two albums — West Coast Time and Everything Comes and Goes — which were never released after a series of delays. After signing a new record deal with Verve, Branch finally released her third major-label album, Hopeless Romantic, in April 2017. In July 2022, she announced that her fourth album, The Trouble With Fever, would drop in September of that year.
Branch was married to musician Teddy Landau from 2004 to 2015. The duo welcomed daughter Owen in August 2005.
The singer-songwriter started dating Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney after the pair worked together on Hopeless Romantic. The twosome — who tied the knot in 2019 — welcomed son Rhys in August 2018 and daughter Willa in February 2022. In August 2022, Branch filed for divorce after accusing Carney of cheating on her in a since-deleted tweet. Shortly before announcing the couple’s split, Branch was arrested for alleged domestic assault and released on $1,000 bail.