Michelle Branch returns with solo disc
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
– Michelle Branch will return with her first solo album in six years with "Everything Comes and Goes," due out in late fall by Reprise/Warner Bros. Nashville. The first single, Sooner or Later,
will be an iTunes exclusive premiere available today and will impact country radio on Aug. 11.
Branch, has enjoyed both a solo career and was one-half of The Wreckers, who had success on the country charts.
Produced by John Leventhal and John Shanks, "Everything Comes and Goes" is a personal statement of purpose from this 26-year-old Arizona native. In 2001, Branch released "The Spirit Room," which went multi-platinum and produced three hit singles including Everywhere, All You Wanted and Goodbye to You.
Branch formed country-pop duo The Wreckers with friend Jessica Harp and enjoyed her first country hit with 2006's gold album Stand Still, Look Pretty. They had a number one with Leave The Pieces and the Top Ten hit My, Oh My.
While on tour with The Wreckers, Branch wrote the album's title track after realizing that the duo could not continue. "I was on the bus that night, and I couldn't sleep," Branch said. "That's when I wrote "Everything Comes And Goes," which was the first song I had written by myself in two years. Sitting in the tour bus at five in the morning with the sun coming up and having written that song - that was the start of me saying, 'That's it. I'm making my own record next, and that doesn't have to be a sad thing.' I've always been kind of a control freak, so it was actually nice remembering I could write on my own. And that song captured everything I was feeling at that moment - that change is inevitable, it's part of life. So instead of dwelling on everything, I should just do what I do and write some songs."
The new disc was recorded in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles. Dwight Yoakam is featured on Long Goodbye.
"I never consider what an album's about while I'm recording it," Branch said. "But in the end, I guess that 'Everything Comes And Goes' is really a record about passion - about wanting it, about losing it, and then finding it all over again."
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