Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch (born July 2, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. During the early 2000s, she released two top-selling albums, and won a Grammy with Santana.
In 2005, she formed the country music duo The Wreckers with friend and fellow musician, Jessica Harp, and produced the Grammy nominated single “Leave the Pieces”. The Wreckers later disbanded to pursue their respective solo careers.
Beginning to sing at the age of three, Branch enrolled in voice lessons when she was eight, and received her first guitar for her fourteenth birthday.[ After teaching herself chords, she composed her first song “Fallen” within a week of receiving her guitar. Her parents were very supportive of her singing career and helped her book local gigs in Sedona, Arizona, and later financed her independent album Broken Bracelet.
In June 2000, Branch self-produced Broken Bracelet,[ a compilation of songs she wrote when she was 14 and 15; the album was released by Twin Dragon Records. Its title was inspired from a bracelet made by pop singer Jewel, given to Branch by musician Steve Poltz. Poltz told Branch that “when it breaks, you’ll be famous.” The Broken Bracelet recordings were destroyed in the Nashville floods of 2010.
Michelle’s music has been influenced by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith, Lisa Loeb, Joni Mitchell, Queen, Alanis Morissette, Jewel, Fleetwood Mac and Cat Stevens. She was also influenced by classic and country music.
Taken in part from Wikipedia.