Michelle Branch was born Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch-Landau on the 2nd July 1983 in Sedona, Phoenix, Arizona. She is a singer, songwriter and musician. She made her debut in 2000, and released the platinum-selling albums The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper in August 2001 and June 2003 respectively. During this period, she collaborated with Santana on the single "The Game of Love", which won a Grammy Award. In 2004, she formed the musical duo The Wreckers with fellow musician Jessica Harp. This duo was formed after the perceived failure of her second album, Hotel Paper which failed to sell or get any hit singles off it. She writes or co-writes all of her own material (except The Game of Love). While her musical tastes lean more toward older musicians, she also enjoys contemporary bands and songwriters as well. She has also expressed her admiration for classical music, as well as older country music. She owns at least fourteen guitars but mainly uses a Gibson Hummingbird after retiring her famous blue Taylor 614ce in 2002. In addition to the guitar, Branch plays instruments such as the cello, accordion, drums, piano, harmonica and mandolin.