Michelle Branch Releases First Album in 14 Years

By: Joe Hyer

April 7, 2017

Michelle Branch just released her first album since 2003. 

The album, which is titled Hopeless Romantic, marks her triumphant return to the music after the 14 year hiatus. 

The extended hiatus wasn't exactly what Branch was expecting. She actually tried to two albums in recent years, but both records fell through after issues with her previous record label.

In fact, 2014 was a particularly tough year for the pop singer. She was dropped from her record label, and she divorced her husband. Branch and her ex-husband had been together for 11 years. 

"So I suddenly found myself 30 years old and single, and my career that I had identified with for my entire adult life was in question. That gave me so much to write about. I began writing as a cathartic release from this massive breakup that I'd just been going through," Branch told the NY Daily News this week

Branch, however, did sign with a new label and she find love again. In fact, she says that her personal love story comes through as part of the album's story arc.

"The last time I'd been single, I was 18 years old. There was no online dating. And then, halfway through making this record, Patrick (Carney), my producer, and I started falling for each other and we started dating," she told the NY Daily News. "So it wasn't intentional at the beginning, but this album really follows the arc of losing and finding love again."

The album's first single, "Hopeless Romantic," dropped to rave reviews last month. Listen to it now:

Branch performed her latest single "Best You Ever" on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday (April 6).