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Michelle Branch - Is she happy now?


Story: Jack Foley

MICHELLE Branch is set to release her second album, Hotel Paper, on July 7, via Maverick.

The follow-up to her well-received 2002 debut, The Spirit Room, which was written at the tender age of 17, Hotel Paper looks set to maintain the high level of songwriting that Michelle has already achieved, while adding extra depth and sophistication to her work.

Still only 19-years-old, Michelle already seems a veteran, having been around for ages, from performing on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, having ‘Everywhere’ featured in American Pie 2 and playing basketball with Robbie Williams!

Michelle’s debut single, Everywhere, was an international hit and provided her with her first UK Top 20 single.

The debut album, The Spirit Room, won widespread praise, including a 4-star Q review, and went on to sell in excess of a million copies in the US alone.

She also sang on Santana’s massive worldwide hit, Game Of Love.

Working with producer, John Shanks (BB Mak), and mixer, Chris Lord-Alge (Jewel, Faith Hill), highlights of Hotel Paper include the rocky first single, Are You Happy Now (which is released on June 30), the future-hit, Love Me Like That (featuring a guest appearance by Sheryl Crow) and the accomplished pop of Breathe.

Michelle is set to embark upon a major US tour as guests to The Dixie Chicks throughout the Summer.

IndieLondon has had a chance to listen to most of the album, and we have to admit - it's pretty darn good for fans of this sort of songwriting.

Our review will be posted shortly.

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