Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch was born on the 2nd July 1983, in Sedona, Arizona USA, and is a singer, songwriter, and actress, perhaps best known for winning a Grammy Award for the song called “The Game of Love” with Santana. Branch was also a member of the country music duo The Wreckers from 2005 to 2007. Her career started in 1999.
Have you ever wondered how rich Michelle Branch is as of mid-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Michelle Branch’s net worth is as high as $15 million, an amount earned through her successful career in music. In addition to being an award-winning singer, Branch has also appeared in several TV series which improved her wealth.
Michelle Branch Net Worth $15 Million
Michelle Branch is a daughter of Peggy and David Branch and has a half-brother David and younger sister Nicole. Michelle started singing when she was two, and later went to the Northern Arizona University for voice lessons at the age of 8. She got her first guitar at the age of 14 and went to the Sedona Red Rock High School, but only for first two years, after which Branch continued to school at home. Her parents supported her all the way, helping Michelle to book gigs, and later financing her independent debut album “Broken Bracelet” in 2000.
However, she came out of anonymity in 1999, after posting two songs on the Rolling Stone website which secured her opening gigs for the Hanson band in 2000. The independent record label Twin Dragon Records released Branch’s debut album “Broken Bracelet”, a compilation of songs written when she was 14 and 15, then in 2001 Michelle signed a contract with Maverick Records, and John Shanks produced her first official studio album called “The Spirit Room”. The album was an immediate commercial success, peaking at No. 28 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and achieving a double platinum status with over two million copies sold in the US alone. The singles ”Everywhere”, “All You Wanted”, and “Goodbye to You” stayed in Hot charts for many weeks, and helped Michelle to become very popular and increased her net worth as well.
The song “Everywhere” won the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards Viewer’s Choice Award, and also in 2002, Branch’s collaboration with Carlos Santana on a song “The Name of Love” earned her a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The following year, Michelle released her second album – “Hotel Paper’ – which achieved platinum status and reached the No. 2 position on the U.S. Billboard 200, and No. 35 on UK Albums Chart. The singles “Are You Happy Now” and “Breathe” find their way into the U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream and U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales charts, respectively, increasing further her overall net worth.
In 2005, Branch and her friend and backup vocalist Jessica Harp formed the duo called The Wreckers, and later released their album “Stand Still, Look Pretty” in 2006. The album was an instant hit, peaking at No. 1 on the UK Top Country Albums, No. 4 on US Billboard Top Country Albums, and No. 14 on US Billboard 200 charts, which also increased her net worth. The single “Leave the Pieces” topped the US Country chart, while “My, Oh My” and “Tennessee” were notable songs as well. The Wreckers disbanded in 2007, and Branch and Harp focused on solo careers instead.
In 2010, Michelle released her six-track EP called “Everything Comes and Goes” which reached No. 35 on the US Billboard Top Country Albums. Most recently, she HAS recorded several covers, and IS currently making her third studio album after signing a deal with Verve Records, a Universal Music Group company.
In addition to music, Branch has also appeared in TV series such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (2001), “American Dreams” (2002), “Charmed” (2003), “One Tree Hill” (2005), and “Hell’s Kitchen” (2010), adding a substantial amount to her net worth.
Regarding her personal life, Michelle Branch married her bass player Teddy Landau in 2004, and in 2005, they had a daughter Owen. Branch and Landau separated in 2014 and divorced in 2015.
(February 9, 2015) Filed for divorce from her husband of 10 years Teddy Landau following a 5-month-long separation.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 22, a daughter named Owen Isabelle Landau on August 3, 2005 in Los Angeles, weighing in at 7 pounds 12 ounces. Endured 19 hours of labor. Had to go into emergency C-Section because her daughter's heart rate was slowing down. She and her daughter had to spend an extra five days in the hospital to treat a case of ileus, an intestinal ailment common following abdominal surgery causing severe abdominal pain, vomiting, and constipation. Child's father is her ex-husband, Teddy Landau.
Is relaxing at her new Hollywood home with new husband 'Teddy Landau', playing one-off shows for charity as she prepares to record her next album in the fall. [July 2004]
She and her friend Jessica Harp, who are known as The Wreckers, have finished recording their debut album and it is due to be released in June. [February 2005]
Is preparing to record her next album with her friend Jessica Harp. Their album is set to be released in March 2005.
Collaborating with writers including Jim Irvin and Julian Emery on new material for her upcoming album. [December 2010]
Recently open for Rascal Flatts in Houston, Texas. [June 2006]
Has three cats named Early, Luna and Coco, and several backyard chickens.
Announced in December 2010 that after many disagreements with and changes to her label she was abandoning plans to complete Different Kind of Country, an album she had been working on for several years, to record completely new material, with the new album having more of a pop-influence akin to her earlier work.
Returned to Los Angeles, California after two years of living in Nashville, TN.
In 2004 she was in negotiations to adapt one of Judy Blume's novels into a movie screenplay.
Became a vegan in 2007 and is environmentally conscious, working closely with the Global Green organization.
Introduced Lifehouse band member Rick Woolstenhulme to his wife, Jennifer Hagio, who is Branch's best friend from high school and co-wrote several of her earliest songs.
Is an honorary member of the NYPD Asian Jade Society.
As part of The Wreckers, she received a 2007 Grammy nomination for "Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals" ("Leave The Pieces").
Has relocated to Nashville, Tennessee.
Is friends with Mandy Moore and has written a song for Moore's upcoming album, due 2007.
Wrote a song for the 13 Going on 30 (2004) soundtrack called "Now That I've Found You" but it wasn't used.
Spent her 23rd birthday on July 2nd 2006 at California's vineyards.
Ex-sister-in-law of Michael Landau.
Was a vegetarian for a few months in 2002 but quickly went back to eating meat. However, she had an aversion to red meat (and yellow mustard) during her pregnancy.
Her sister Nicole starred in the role of Sine, in the short film Curry Cookies (2004).
She is a huge Patty Griffin fan. The Wreckers recorded a Patty Griffin song - "One More Girl" - on their album Stand Still Look Pretty.
Like Yanni and Paul Shaffer, she possesses the rare trait known as absolute pitch.
The Gibson Hummingbird she used in her video for Breathe was made entirely out of styrofoam.
Customized her wedding dress.
Said in Us Weekly that her close family knew about her engagment to Teddy Landau before she got married.
Big fan of Aimee Mann and Lisa Loeb.
Has two cats, Gibson and Winky.
One of her favorite hobbies is photography.
Is friends with Kelly Osbourne.
Is collaborating with best friend/fellow musician Jessica Harp on her next project. The two have formed a band which was recently called The Wreckers. They were not able to use the name, because a band in Canada was also called "The Wreckers". The band is currently searching for a new name. Michelle calls the new project with her friend a "mix of country and folk".
Uses Taylor and Gibson guitars
Currently has her own line of lipsticks and nail polish at Flirt Cosmetics. The products will be named after songs from her sophomore album, "Hotel Paper".
Weighed only 3 lbs., 11 oz. at her birth.
Her father runs the Merchandise section of her official website.
Her brother, David, is actually her half-brother from one of her father's previous relationships and works as her assistant tour manager.
Her record label, Maverick, refused to pay for a video for her third single from "Hotel Paper", "Til I Get Over You", and the song was never released. [April 2004]
Has bought a house in Hollywood, California, USA with 40 year old boyfriend Teddy Landau.
Picked as #20 for 'Maxim' top 100 list for 2004
Learned to speak French from her younger sister, Nicole Branch.
Plays the cello, guitar, accordian, drums and piano
There is a 19 year age gap between Michelle and her bassist-husband Teddy Landau (b. 1964) - who has been touring with her since May 2003.
Second album "Hotel Paper" was a critical flop, but went straight in at #2 in the US and since it's June 24th 2003 release it has gone platinum.
Her second single, "Breathe", from "Hotel Paper" flopped after her Maxim spread.
Caused an outrage after posing topless for the January 2004 cover of adult magazine "Maxim".
(December 4th 2003) Nominated for "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance" for her song "Are You Happy Now?" at the Grammy Awards 2004.
(October 27th 2003) Her laptop - which is worth $4,500 and her cellphone, i-Pod, cash and credit cards were stolen from her hotel room at the Aladdin in Las Vegas whilst she was attending the Radio Music Awards. Nelly also had $1million worth of jewlery stolen from the same hotel, on the same night, by the same people. All items have yet to be recovered.
At the time of her birth, Michelle's family were living in Flaggstaff, Arizona, but seeing as it was 4th of July weekend, there was no room at the hospital so her mum had to be flown to Phoenix, where she gave birth. On the way, there was no room in the aeroplane for her father so he had to drive and when he was pulled over for speeding, explaining his wife was having a baby, the policeman thought he was insane because she wasn't in the backseat of the car.
Was born 7 weeks premature
Was named after a Beatles' song
Won the 2003 Pop Collaboration with Vocals Grammy for her collaboration with Santana on the song "The Game of Love".
Received 2 Grammy nominations for Best New Artist & Best Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ('The Game Of Love' with Santana)
She won the viewer's choice award for her song 'Everywhere' at the 2002 VMA
Her album "The Spirit Room" went platinum.
Is Dutch-Indonesian and French on her mother's side, and Irish on her father's side. She lists her musical influences as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Aerosmith, Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, and CSNY (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young).
She attended Red Rock High School
She took private voice lessons at Northern Arizona University
Sometimes wears a bandana around her forehead
Always throws her guitar pick(s) out to the audience at the end of every concert she performs.
Taylor 614ce guitars and Gibson Hummingbird guitar
Likes to perform barefoot
I have a pirate fetish - I just always thought eye patches were sexy. If you want to get my attention, wear a pirate outfit.
When I'm having a bad day, I pick up my guitar. Music is my release.
I secretly want to replace Meg White (of The White Stripes). I want to be a chick drummer!
"We got married on May 23 on top of a remote island off Mexico. I arrived by speedboat in a Morgane LeFay gown I bought for $300. We were there for about a week after - like a honeymoon!" - On her nuptuals to 40 year old boyfriend/bassist Teddy Landau.
Music has always been in me. When I sing, I have a sense of peace, I feel like my brain turns off, and I become the core person of who I am - the essence of me. I feel connected to whatever is out there. It's almost like I leave my body and get to watch.