Michelle Branch of solo and duo fame (The Wreckers) has decided to return to pop music after a few years of hiatus. Her last release was from her duo effort in 2006 and her last solo effort was way back in 2001. That’s almost a decade. We’re glad you’re back, Michelle. She has been in London over the last little while working on her new project which she is calling fun and creative. Here’s what she had to say about it.

“I was in London – I’ve been working on a new record Julian Emrey and Jim Irvine, who are these two writers I met in LA. The first song we wrote together is a song called Spark, and we were so excited about it – it was the best writing day possible! It’s great because they’re writers and also producers. My favorite song that we wrote together was called The Story Of Us. It’s a song that’s really personal to me. I have 11 or 12 songs ready to go right now and I’m going to go in studio in January and start recording them. I’m really confident I will have this record out by next summer.”

Michelle adds that she hates putting labels on songs and styles and genres. She says, simply put, a good song is a good song. I agree. If it makes you sing and it makes you dance then who cares what genre it falls under. She says however that this album is more along the lines of her first album, Spirit Room which would be more of a pop record.

“The last record became so exhausting that this one is all about having fun and being creative again and not feeling like I have to write a specific way for a specific genre.”

I am really excited for her new album. I’ve always liked her laid back pop style. Are you going to pick up Michelle’s newest effort in the New Year?