Kelly Clarkson & Michelle Branch Support Ron Paul In Republican Primary

Kelly Clarkson checked in with fans on her WhoSay account, throwing her support in the Republican primary behind Ron Paul, but suggesting the libertarian from Texas likely will not get the party’s nomination. The posting created some negative response from many, mainly referencing Paul’s newsletters published in the 1980s and ’90s that had racist and anti-gay writings which there is dispute to the degree the congressman was aware of. The ‘American Idol’ season one winner writes:

I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.

I am really sorry if I have offended anyone. Obviously that was not my intent. I do not support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women’s rights, men’s rights, white/black/purple/orange rights. I like Ron Paul because he believes in less government and letting the people (all of us) make the decisions and mold our country. That is all. Out of all of the Republican nominees, he’s my favorite.

Man my eyes have been opened to so much hate tonight. If y’all ever disagree with something I say please don’t feel the need to attack me. I will listen to what you say and any articles or viewpoints you have when you say it with respect. Being hateful is not a healthy way to get people to see or hear you. I was raised to respect people and their decisions and beliefs and I hope you will grant me the same decency. If you don’t agree with me simply unfollow me. It’s really that easy. I hope you don’t because I would love the chance to hear what you have to say but if you’re so blinded by hate you can’t seek peace and progress then that is your unfortunate prerogative.

Among the Twitter messages (@kelly_clarkson) that Kelly sent in response to the endorsement to those critical:

@msschantz we shouldn’t try & help/tell other countries how to solve their issues w/the poor when we can’t even solve our own.

@QueenVampireX @sexidance I am a Republican but I actually voted Democrat last election.

@BarkingTurtles I love all people and could care less if you like men or women. I have never heard that Ron Paul is a racist or homophobe?

@Jcourt3 I respect your opinion and I am about progress. Ron Paul is about letting people decide, not the government. I am for this.

@infinityguitarz I don’t believe in the death penalty. Most Republicans do but not me.

Among those responding to Kelly was one of her musical peers, Michelle Branch, who also was fielding incoming fire from upset Twitter followers (@michellebranch) for agreeing with Kelly’s Ron Paul preference:

@kelly_clarkson I wholeheartedly agree. #RonPaul

@dusteallen it’s my understanding that Ron Paul is not a homophobe but more importantly, I certainly am not.

Hmm. Didn’t mean to offend. I am not racist and am absolutely not a homophobe. Just trying to weed through the non-impressive choices!

I should listen to my father who said never to share my beliefs on religion&politics. However I will always share my view on civil rights.

Michelle Branch ‘Loud Music’ Video

Michelle Branch is out with the music video to her new single ‘Loud Music’, off the Sedona, Arizona singer songwriter’s upcoming third solo album ‘West Coast Time’, out this fall on Branch’s own vanity label Sticks n’ Stones Recordings Ltd and distributed through Warner imprint, Reprise Records. ‘Loud Music’ was co-written and produced by British team Jim Irvin and Julian Emery. Watch it below.

Was Jon Bon Jovi Rude To Michelle Branch?

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Michelle Branch did a quick 10 questions with her Twitter followers (@michellebranch) moments ago, discussing career regrets, travel, an alternate profession, and what appears to be a disappointing experience with Jon Bon Jovi. The singer songwriter tells readers:

Yuca’s but there isn’t any booze so you have to go to the liquor store next door and BYOB. RT @dlowe72 “fave Mexican in LA?”

Early on when everything happened so quickly, I took a lot for granted. RT @susieforsyth “do you have any regrets about your career?”

Coke all the way but what happened to Crystal Clear Pepsi? I liked that. @jawk “Coke or Pepsi?”

On the rocks, salt. @elhefe526 “salt or no salt #margarita”

An old boyfriend and Led Zeppelin of course :) @dinnac4t “Was just listening to your old record. What inspired Empty Handed?”

I’ve never been to Ireland and my Dad’s side is from County Cork. @ichan1991 “if given a chance what country would you like to travel?”

Doing something creative that outsiders constantly judge for a living is hard RT @SidneyWeich what is the hardest part of being a musician?

America during westward expansion 1800’s RT @NormaMaravilla “If you could go back, which time period would u like to live in?”

I would have wanted to be a pastry chef. RT @wei_yang ” What would you be doing if you weren’t a song writer?”

Yes, and I’ve seen Steven in a thong but that’s an entirely different story!! :) RT @BrotherPeter “Did you ever get to meet Aerosmith?”

That was fun! Thanks! Since a lot of you asked: I was given my single release date AND album release date today!! I’ll announce very soon xo

BONUS: Stevie Nicks=kindest EVER. Rudest is from Jersey & has 3 names RT @Wildaboutmusic “What rock legend has been kindest to you? Rudest?”

Michelle Branch Is Moving Forward

Michelle Branch checked in with fans on her official web site’s message board today, discussing the ups and downs of recording ‘Everything Comes and Goes’, deciding to move on from the project and record a new album from scratch, and plans for an online chat on December 9th at 5 PM PST. Branch writes:

A lot of changes have happened in the last few months. Perhaps the biggest (and the one that directly involves you) is that I’ve decided it’s time to move on. I went into the studio and started recording ‘Everything Comes and Goes’ in the fall of 2007 with high hopes of it being released that following summer. Three years later, a majority of that album still sits on the proverbial shelf. It has not been the easiest ride emotionally or creatively. It seemed like every time I had a leg up and the light at the end of the tunnel was drawing nearer, something would happen and dramatically alter the course. I am so proud of this album and I so desperately wanted to share it with you. So many people crossed my path and gave their two cents about who I was and what I should sound like, that by the end of the day my original vision had been lost and buried. For the first time ever I found myself in a position where I was trying to appease someone else. I’m heartbroken that you might never hear the original version of this album as I had intended. I’ve had my moment of grief and I think the only way I can get through it is by moving forward.

I have recently started a new album from scratch and I couldn’t be more excited.

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Michelle Branch Blasts Snacks Packed For Son’s Schoolmates

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Michelle Branch checked in with her Twitter followers (@michellebranch) earlier today, upset about the unhealthy food other parents were packing for their children at school. The singer songwriter and mother writes:

Warning. Rant ahead: Seeing Owen’s school snack compared to other kids in her class this morning was infuriating. Colored pudding and juice boxes (a.k.a corn syrup/sugar) are not a healthy snack. What’s so wrong with carrot sticks, string cheese and water people? We need to give our children a healthy foundation for the rest of their lives! It is so important.

Michelle Branch And Timbaland ‘Getaway’ Video (Mini Countryman Ad)

Michelle Branch and Timbaland teamed up with Mini to create a ‘Getaway’ video inspired by the idea of getting away, featuring the Mini Countryman. The single will be released on Warner Brothers Records. The car company wanted an ad campaign that combined an urban artist and a country artist because the Mini Countryman can go both in the city and the country, Branch told The Modesto Bee. “I still can’t believe that I was asked to do a song with Timbaland,” she said. Watch it via YouTube below.

Michelle Branch ‘Tuesday Morning’ Acoustic Performance

Michelle Branch performed a fan favorite ‘Tuesday Morning’ acoustic, the most requested song request for her series of online acoustic performances. “I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Wishing you many blessings, health and much love for the coming year,” Branch writes. Watch it via YouTube below.

Michelle Branch Keeps Extremely Busy

Michelle Branch checked in with fans on her official web site on Thursday (November 19), talking about how she’s been keeping busy lately. The singer songwriter tells readers:

I know it seems super quiet around here but believe me, I’ve been keeping extremely busy!! I just got back from Minneapolis and Omaha where I had two really great shows. Thanks to everyone who came out and to KS95 and Q98-5 for having me.

Last week was CMA week and I was not immune to the craziness. I had a great time meeting up with all the radio stations who were in town and I also got to hang with some of my buddies who I don’t get to see that often. The CMA show was so much fun but the after parties were the highlight. I needed two full days to recuperate this year! In fact, I’m kicking myself now but I was supposed to go to the premiere of The Blind Side the following day but I opted for my P.J’s and watching T.V. in bed. :) I also went to the most amazing and inspirational dinner. Emmylou Harris hosted an event for the NRDC on behalf of Music Saves Mountains, spreading the word about the horrible practice of mountain top removal in the Appalachia.

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Michelle Branch ‘Sooner Or Later’ Performance & Interview

Michelle Branch is interviewed about her new album 'Everything Comes And Goes'Michelle Branch sat down for an interview with Billboard and followed it up with an performance of her new single ‘Sooner or Later’.

“My new album is coming out this winter, it’s called ‘Everything Comes And Goes’. I’m really excited because it’s the first solo record I’ve had in six years,” Branch said. “It’s hard because it’s my first record in six years, there’s a lot of different expectations from different people, and I do have a relationship with the pop side and now this new relationship with the country side, so it was a balance to make everybody happy. I think there was no doubt from day one that everyone was really, really excited about the project.”

As for the album’s first release, she said, “We all chose ‘Sooner Or Later’ to be the single. It was kind of a long process. When I was first in the studio and we were finishing writing that song, first putting it down, I immediately thought it was a single. I think it’s good because my fans of my early stuff will not think it’s necessarily too country… It’s a good starter.”

Watch the interview and performance below.