We have Michelle Branch to thank for Taylor Swift

The 'Hopeless Romantic' singer-songwriter Michelle Branch inspired a generation of young women to pick up the guitar and write music. Her most famous convert? Taylor Swift!

In speaking to MTV News, Michelle said the following: "I turned a corner and she [Taylor Swift] was standing there. She freaked out, like, 'Oh my god, I'm a huge fan of yours. I learned all your songs. You're one of the first people who made me want to play guitar.' It's crazy to see what she's gone on to do, and to know that I had some kind of hand in inspiring her early on."

"To this day, people tell me, 'I bought a guitar because of you,' I think the biggest form of flattery is hearing that you inspired someone to start playing music themselves."

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Michelle has a new album! Hopeless Romantic is out now.