Burbank, CA – Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Michelle Branch will return with her first solo album in six years with Everything Comes and Goes, which will be released by Reprise/Warner Bros. Nashville in late Fall.The first single, “Sooner or Later,” will be an iTunes exclusive premiere available July 28 and will impact country radio on August 11.
Produced by John Leventhal and John Shanks, Everything Comes and Goes is a deeply personal statement of purpose from this 26-year-old Arizona native who’s already experienced success in a variety of formats over the course of nearly a decade as a recording artist. In 2001, Branch released The Spirit Room, which went multi-platinum and produced three substantial hit singles including “Everywhere,” “All You Wanted,” and “Goodbye to You.” Branch’s reputation as a young musical artist with grown-up talent was further solidified in 2002 when she teamed up with Santana to record “The Game of Love,” which became an international smash and won a Grammy Award for “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.”
In 2003, Branch released the platinum-selling Hotel Paper, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard chart and spawned the Grammy-nominated hit single “Are You Happy Now?” After winding down from a headlining world tour supporting Hotel Paper, Branch took some time off to get married and give birth to her first child. She then formed country-pop duo The Wreckers with friend Jessica Harp and enjoyed her first country smash with 2006’s gold album Stand Still, Look Pretty — a collaboration, which received multiple nominations from the Academy of Country Music Awards and CMA Awards, in addition to a Grammy nod. The popularity of The Wreckers helped establish Branch as a fixture of country radio, thanks to such winning country tracks as the No. 1 smash “Leave The Pieces” and the Top Ten hit “My, Oh My.”
Yet for all that she has already accomplished in her life, Everything Comes And Goes is a breakthrough effort — once and for all establishing Branch as a significant, grown-up talent in her own right. 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 recalls. “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.”
Now with the Fall release of Everything Comes And Goes, Branch has clearly gotten her groove back as a solo artist with the help of Leventhal and Shanks as producers, and an extraordinary group of musicians who recorded in Nashville, New York, and Los Angeles, including Dwight Yoakum who is featured on “Long Goodbye.” The resulting album offers the powerful, emotional, and ultimately life-affirming sound of a gifted singer-songwriter who left some pieces of her heart behind, but found some new pieces along the way too.
“I never consider what an album’s about while I’m recording it,” Branch says. “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.”