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But I liked her voice."Cut to 2015: The Black Keys had released eight studio albums and skyrocketed to fame as genre-hopping mavericks.
That February, Carney and his then-wife were hosting a Grammy party at the Chateau Marmont.
It was also the summer that Carney and guitarist Dan Auerbach started the Black Keys.
"So Michelle would be playing the Enorma-Dome, and we'd be playing in some fucking basement somewhere," says Carney. I mean, it wasn't something that I was into because it was definitely pop; I was into rock.
She eventually convinced her parents to let her split her time between Los Angeles and Sedona and finished up high school through homeschooling. "Everybody was telling me where to be and what to do; all I wanted was create this nest of security, have a normal life.
At her shows, she sold a self-produced album, financed by her parents and later released by an indie label—a collection of lilting folk songs about love (or what a teenage girl imagined as love) called . At least I think that's what a therapist would have told me." Over the course of their relationship, she collected the kind of life experience that usually feeds artists' most productive and engaging periods: eventually they fell out of love and divorced in 2015.
But the past fourteen years were anything but fallow for Branch—and now, with a new label, a new life partner and musical collaborator in the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, and a new (and wildly different) album, she's back to reintroduce herself.
Branch began writing and composing her own music at 14, after her parents bought her a guitar for her birthday. The lead single, "Everywhere," a full-throated, shout-it-from-the-rooftops love song, quickly burrowed into the teen consciousness and ascended the Billboard charts, where it stayed for 20 weeks.
In between Britney Spears, the schoolgirl sexpot of pop, and the anti-Britney Avril Lavigne, with her Hot Topic-bought hostility, was Branch: the Everygirl.
She had over two albums' worth of songs after a short-lived stint as part of a country duo with her former backup singer, Jessica Harp.
(Called The Wreckers, the pair earned a Grammy nomination in 2007.) But she couldn't salvage that material: she was told it was too pop to be country by some, but too country to be pop by others.
"I had broken my shoulder about a month earlier, and I was pretty laid up, so I was just sitting in a chair when Michelle walked in," says Carney.
"Everyone else was doing a bunch of blow, and we were the only ones not talking a thousand miles a minute.
"My whole life I've been surrounded by middle-aged men telling me what to do," says Branch. For 14 years, the name Michelle Branch had disappeared from the marquee and veered dangerously close to becoming a relic of the early aughts.