Arizona native Michelle Branch will be appearing at the Crescent Ballroom on July 26, 2017.
Branch has had a whirlwind of a career. She signed with Maverick Records at the age of 17 and released her first album at the age of 18. 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. 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 for Best Female Rock Performance. Most notably, at a time when many young female artists were singing other people’s songs Branch broke ground by writing her own music and lyrics and, in doing so, she paved the way for many of the young women singer-songwriters that followed her.
Branch has had a lot going on for the past 5 years. She’s gone through a divorce, changed record labels, moved from Los Angeles to Nashville, and fell in love. In the process, she made the album of her dreams Hopeless Romantic, which dropped this past April.
Hopeless Romantic is filled with songs about relationships. “They’re my favorite topic,” Branch 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 really interesting years. I mean, the last time I dated I was a teenager!”
Arizona has a thing about locally produced artists. Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers. Jimmy Eat World. Chester Bennington. The Tubes. Dierks Bentley. Linda Ronstadt…. And we should. They should be celebrated – their success is our success. And Michelle Branch should clearly be included in that group of artists we take pride in as a reflection of Arizona and the best of what our state has to offer.