Interview with Michelle Branch
... Perfect and then I know you said that you are touring in the fall or you plan on it? Are you going to be back touring? I will be doing a headlining club tour in October/November which I'm really excited about. I don't know who I'm bringing out with me yet we're still trying to figure out what openers there are that I want to bring out but I'm really excited to get back to them. I would say clubs are my favorite places to play. I'm looking around the audience, seeing like the girls with signs here and there and go 'Well okay if we were all in a small room, it would be really high energy'. . Interview with Michelle Branch
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Michelle Branch Also Supports Republican Ron Paul
... Another singing star has taken heat from fans for her support of Republican Congressman Ron Paul - Michelle Branch
has discovered pop and politics don't mix. Just hours after Kelly Clarkson unofficially endorsed Paul as the 2012 Republican presidential candidate in a tweet on Wednesday night, Branch followed suit. Clarkson upset left-wing fans by posting, "I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance," and Branch did the same hours later when she added, "I wholeheartedly agree. #RonPaul." The "Since U Been Gone" singer later addressed criticism from fans who didn't agree with her politics and Branch was forced to do the same, adding, "Didn't mean to offend. I am not racist and am absolutely not a homophobe. Just trying to weed through the non-impressive choices!" Clarkson, who called some of the responses she received online from so-called fans "demeaning & rude" later declared she "actually voted Democrat last election," suggesting that she was a Barack Obama supporter, who has since changed sides. Michelle Branch
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Kelly Clarkson, Michelle Branch Unofficially Endorse Ron Paul | Billboard.com
... responses, and followed with, "Hmm. Didn't mean to offend. I am not racist and am absolutely not a homophobe. Just trying to weed through the non-impressive choices!" Although Clarkson declared that she is a Republican, she added that she "actually voted Democrat last election," and that, "I don't believe in the death penalty. Most Republicans do but not me." The singers' statements arrive just days before the Iowa caucus on Jan. 3; Clarkson kicks off her "Stronger" 2012 tour in Mashantucket, Conn. 10 days later. Kelly Clarkson, Michelle Branch
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Michelle Branch (July 2, 1983)
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She writes or co-writes all of her songs. Her influences include Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Lisa Loeb and Harry Nilsson.
She grew up in Sedona, Arizona, a place she says is filled with "psychic bookshops and crystals shops." Famous people like Guns n' Roses singer Axl Rose have found inspiration in Sedona.
When she was too young to play in bars, she played at local fairs.
Her big break came through a friend of her parents, who met a rock manager from Los Angeles and immediately thought of Michelle. She brought her demo over, and the guy, Jeff Rabhan, became her manager.
She went to Catholic school. The only part she liked was singing the songs in mass. When she was 15, she left and became home-schooled. This allowed her to spend more time focusing on her blossoming music career.
She says the event that made her want to become a pop star was going to a New Kids on the Block concert and seeing the way their music moved people.
Upon moving to Sedona, took voice lessons from Gina Bettum, who showed her how to use her formal training more soulfully. Three years later, on her 14th birthday, Branch got her first guitar and started taking lessons from Bettum's husband, Gary.
Michelle has 2 tattoos. She has a Chinese symbol on her lower back and a musical note on her left shoulder.
Michelle's heritage is Danish, French, Chinese, and Polynesian. (thanks, Britney - Calabasas, CA)
She married Teddy Landau on May 23, 2004.
She started a band called The Wreckers with her longtime friend Jessica Harp. (thanks, crystal - la, CA, for above 2)
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