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)
Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett are just a few of the artists who have looked to Clark for insightful, intelligent songs.
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