PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX) - With hits like 'Everywhere', 'Breath' and 'Are You Happy Now', Michelle Branch is one very talented young lady. I caught up with her before her performance at WRMF's No Snow Ball at Downtown at the Gardens.
It's been eight years since her last solo album 'Hotel Papers', and after taking some time off, she's gearing up for a busy 2012. "I just finally made a new record that I'm putting the finishing touches on it. So I'm probably going to have a new record out kind of early next year and touring again."
Michelle, who married her bass player, Teddy Landau, now has 6-year-old Owen. "I think, when you have a kid, it makes you start to realize how small the world really is," said Michelle. "It makes you take a step back and see the world in a totally different light. So that has changed my writing. That and there's less time to do it."
At 28 years old, Michelle has already collaborated with some of the best in the music industry including Santana. "I traveled all through Europe, all over the U.S., and we would play these shows together. And I was like, ‘I'm on tour with Santana. How did this happen?' So it was really one of those pinch me moments that I really look back on fondly," she said.
But her first 'pinch me moment' came at 18 -- that's when her career took off. Looking back, she doesn't regret spending her last years of high school on the road. "As you get older, you start to be afraid of taking chances and following your gut. When you're young, for some reason, you're not as afraid. You think, 'Oh, wow, I could be a famous singer'. Had that not happened, now at 28 years old, I don't think I would have been as fearless about it. And I think part of that was leaving school and being able to focus on it. Thinking back, especially now as a parent, I think, 'Wow, my parents let me do that?!' But when you're passionate about something, I think you've got to go for it."
Michelle also dabbled in the world of country forming The Wreckers with Jessica Harp. "We stay in touch. She's living in Nashville now, and just focusing on song writing. So I always entertain the idea of getting The Wreckers back together. But some people, the touring life is just not for them, and she really loved making records and being in the band. But the touring was really taxing, so we'll see. I don't know what's going to happen with us."
But after producing hit songs on the pop and country charts, there's one genre she still wants to break in to. "I'm a rock-n-roll kind of girl at heart. I looked up to the Beatles. That whole era completely has my heart. And one day I would love to work with a guy and have a proper rock band."
For the latest news on Michelle Branch's album and tour, visit her Web site at http://www.michellebranch.com/.
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