- The Wreckers
Infobox musical artist
Name = The Wreckers
Background = group_or_band
Origin = USA
Label = Maverick/Warner Bros.
URL = [http://www.thewreckers.com thewreckers.com]
Michelle Branch Jessica Harp
The Wreckers is an American
country popduo formed in 2004 by singer-songwriters Michelle Branchand Jessica Harp, both of whom had solo success before joining as a duo. In 2006, the duo released its debut album " Stand Still, Look Pretty", which produced a Number One single on the "Billboard" Hot Country Songsin its lead-off single " Leave the Pieces." The album, which also produced two more Top 40 country hits, peaked at number 4 on the US Country chart. As of early August 2007, both Jessica Harpand Michelle Branchannounced that they were putting the duo on hold.
The Wreckers were formed when Michelle Branch recruited her longtime friend and backing vocalist Jessica Harp -- who, at the time, was en route to signing a record deal of her own -- on a new musical venture, incorporating elements from both Branch's
pop-rockstyle and Harp's classical style to form a unique-sounding duo. Thus, The Wreckers (a shortened form of the second band name given to the girls by Michelle's husband Teddy Landau, "The Cass County Homewreckers") were formed, and signed to Maverick Records. Soon, their song "The Good Kind" -- originally recorded solely by Harp -- was featured on the hit teen television series "One Tree Hill". They performed this song on the show on February 8, 2005. Later that month, the duo embarked on the month-long, nation-wide "One Tree Hill" Tour alongside Gavin DeGraw, Tyler Hilton, and Bethany Joy Lenz. Branch later expressed her dislike of going on tour without releasing an album first, and The Wreckers then attempted to release their debut album, " Stand Still, Look Pretty". However, the album faced several delays.Fact|date=January 2008
2006 – 2007: "Stand Still, Look Pretty"
"Stand Still, Look Pretty" was finally released in May 2006, followed by a heavy promotional radio campaign by the band. It made the top five on the country music albums chart in the
United States, also making the top twenty on the "Billboard" 200. The album was also a Number One album on the United Kingdom Country Chart. They performed in Indianapolis, Indianaat Monument Circle on April 2as part of the Final Four celebration. The Wreckers went on tour as Rascal Flattsopening act during the summer of 2006, in addition to playing smaller club dates as headliners. "My, Oh My", was the second single from "Stand Still, Look Pretty", and its Wild West-themed video was filmed on the Wild West stage at Universal Studios. They were nominated for "Vocal Duo of the Year" at the 40th Annual CMA Awards, but lost to Brooks & Dunn.
In December 2006 The Wreckers were nominated for a
Grammy Awardfor " Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" for "Leave the Pieces". [ [http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,235200,00.html "FOX Facts: Complete List of Grammy Award Nominations"] . Associated Press. December 7 2006. Retrieved February 4 2007.]
The duo has since stated that their next recording projects will be solo albums. Jessica Harp has stated that they will indeed continue The Wreckers as a side project, but solo albums are what "feels right" for now. [:http://www.lenconnect.com/articles/2007/07/23/news/news03.txt]
*ACredited to Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp.
* [http://www.thewreckers.com/ The Wreckers]
* [http://www.jessicaharp.net/ Jessica Harp]
* [http://www.michellebranch.com/ Michelle Branch]
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