Michelle Branch: Owen Wants to Be an Ornithologist
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It seems as if Michelle Branch‘s daughter won’t be following in her musical footsteps any time soon.
While the Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter and her husband, bass player Teddy Landau, are no strangers to the stage, 7-year-old Owen Isabelle has found her niche in nature.
“Since she was 3 or 4 years old, she was always into science and dinosaurs and watching nature shows.”
In particular, all-things aviary has struck a chord with the little girl, who has already happily declared her future dream job.
“She’s obsessed with birds. She’s been begging to have a pet bird, which I will not allow,” saya Branch. “[Owen] claims she’s going to be an ornithologist when she grows up. Literally, it’s birds 24/7 — every book she wants is birds, stickers, drawings, clothes, everything.”
And as sure as she is of her pending career plans, Owen is just as confident in her political views. Happy to reveal who would have earned her support, the little girl has no qualms about divulging the deciding factor during the recent Presidential election.
“Around election time she said, ‘You know Mom, if I could vote, I would vote for Barack Obama.’ And I said, ‘Oh, really, that’s so interesting. Why?'” Branch recalls.
“And she said, ‘Well, remember that one time we got to go to the White House and meet him? I don’t vote for strangers.'”
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— Anya Leon with reporting by Michele Stueven