US singer Michelle Branch checks in to talk about Madonna, meeting her boyfriend, fame and auto-tuning
You were just 17 when you signed to Madge’s Maverick Records. Are you still in touch with the queen of pop?
No. I only met her once. She came to a gig in New York. She said, “Great show. Thanks for being on my label.”’
Your new album is produced by your fella. How did you meet?
At a Grammys party. He was like, “Michelle, where have you been? Why haven’t you put any music out?” I sent him demos. He was like, “I totally know what you’re going for. I’d love to work together.” That’s how it started.
What’s the most romantic thing he’s ever done for you?
When I started this record, the label president told me, “You’re making a mistake.” Patrick said, “Finish this album, I’m going to finance it.”
This is your first solo record since 2003 — where have you been?
I was in a country duo called The Wreckers from 2005 to 2007. I turned in two albums to Warners that got shelved. It was frustrating. But I have a young daughter I was able to spend time with and not be on the road.
What winds you up about music today?
I can’t stand auto-tuning. It’s on everything and is so irritating.
Author: Andrei Harmsworth