Artist: Sixpence None the Richer Bio

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Sixpence None the Richer


Sixpence None the Richer, often known as just "Sixpence", is a pop/rock band with roots in New Braunfels, Texas, United States, eventually settling in Nashville, Tennessee. Named after a passage in C. S. Lewis' theological book Mere Christianity, the group is best known for their critically acclaimed 1999 self-titled album, with 'Sixpence None the Richer' showing their strong influence from both melodic Christian rock and 60s British invasion music. Key members Matt Slocum, a guitarist and songwriter, first met Leigh Nash, a budding vocalist, at a church retreat in the early 90s.

They recorded a demo (which now circulates as 'The Original Demos') and eventually an album, 'The Fatherless and the Widow' for R.E.X. Records in 1993. The record featured Chris Dodds (of Slocum's band Love Coma) on drums. Shortly after the release of the album, Slocum left Love Coma to pursue Sixpence full time. The band added Tess Wiley (guitar), J.J. Plasencio (bass) and Dale Baker (drums) for 1995's 'This Beautiful Mess'. Both albums, with featured the group's early explicit Christian contemporary music sound, were produced by Armand John Petri.

In 1997, the group signed to Steve Taylor's Squint Entertainment and prepared for the release of a self-titled album, with their work slowly began garnering attention from a wider audience. In 1999, "Kiss Me" was released as a single, propelling Sixpence into the national pop spotlight. This song was also notably used in the romantic comedy film 'She's All That'. The next year, the band recorded a cover of Britpop originators The La's "There She Goes", which became their second hit single. This recording was added to Sixpence's self-titled album, an album that received several releases, as a 13th track.

'Sixpence None the Richer', featuring a confessional, melodic sound reminiscent of contemporary power pop bands as well as the softer side of earlier classic rock groups, provided both a critical and commercial breakthrough for the band. The group, made up then of Leigh Nash with Dale Baker, Matt Slocum, Sean Kelly, and Justin Cary, had both "Kiss Me" and "There She Goes" as top 40 hits receiving lasting airplay, and the parent album took the #1 slot on Billboard's 'Top Contemporary Christian' chart. In terms of the group's religiously inspired melodies and lyrics, they had evolved to even more of a subtle, emotionally minded focus based on personal storytelling rather than proselytizing.

The band had a follow up album ready to release, but Squint Entertainment started to fall apart. Though leaving the band in limbo for several years, they still toured to an enthusiastic fan-base. Finally, Squint Entertainment was taken over by Word Records, allowing Sixpence None the Richer to record the album 'Divine Discontent', which was released in October of 2002. It differed significantly from the first pre-release version of the album that had circulated, with five songs removed and six added, but still received some positive critical reviews.

On February 26, 2004, Matt Slocum announced via a letter to CCM Magazine that the group had disbanded. That same year, Best of was released, which also collected some of the Divine Discontent outtakes, and tracks from compilations.

Matt Slocum has started a new band, the Astronaut Pushers which released their debut EP in 2005. He has also recorded and performed with the seminal ambient rock group Hammock. Leigh Nash released her debut Solo Album Blue on Blue on 15 August 2006 on her personal label, One Son Records. The first single, My Idea of Heaven, was released to USA radio the week of 14 July 2006.

In November 2007, Sixpence None the Richer reunited. The band has released a new EP, entitled My Dear Machine, with tour dates planned throughout 2008 in the States and Europe. In October 2008, they released their first Christmas album entitled, The Dawn of Grace.

Website: http://www.sixpencehq.com/


Top Track "Sixpence None the Richer"

Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer

Kiss Me

678,744
3,776,827
There She Goes - Sixpence None the Richer

There She Goes

179,472
852,235
Don't Dream It's Over - Sixpence None the Richer

Don't Dream It's Over

118,221
628,538
Breathe Your Name - Sixpence None the Richer

Breathe Your Name

58,233
287,740
Melody of You - Sixpence None the Richer

Melody of You

31,519
148,141
We Have Forgotten - Sixpence None the Richer

We Have Forgotten

21,268
68,981
Breathe - Sixpence None the Richer

Breathe

20,814
73,630
I Can't Catch You - Sixpence None the Richer

I Can't Catch You

19,860
69,256
Loser Like Me - Sixpence None the Richer

Loser Like Me

19,788
72,105
Angeltread - Sixpence None the Richer

Angeltread

19,427
63,571
I Need Love - Sixpence None the Richer

I Need Love

19,411
73,103
Easy to Ignore - Sixpence None the Richer

Easy to Ignore

19,211
59,714
Dancing Queen - Sixpence None the Richer

Dancing Queen

19,082
79,491
The Lines of My Earth - Sixpence None the Richer

The Lines of My Earth

17,948
60,570
Anything - Sixpence None the Richer

Anything

17,059
57,092
The Waiting Room - Sixpence None the Richer

The Waiting Room

16,936
50,649
Sister, Mother - Sixpence None the Richer

Sister, Mother

16,523
52,830
Silent Night - Sixpence None the Richer

Silent Night

15,919
35,325
Love - Sixpence None the Richer

Love

15,680
52,182
Puedo Escribir - Sixpence None the Richer

Puedo Escribir

15,552
46,693
I Won't Stay Long - Sixpence None the Richer

I Won't Stay Long

15,477
45,694
Us - Sixpence None the Richer

Us

15,251
54,544
Too Far Gone - Sixpence None the Richer

Too Far Gone

14,557
53,673
The Ground You Shook - Sixpence None the Richer

The Ground You Shook

14,107
47,806
Moving On - Sixpence None the Richer

Moving On

13,822
42,938
Brighten My Heart - Sixpence None the Richer

Brighten My Heart

13,506
49,386
I've Been Waiting - Sixpence None the Richer

I've Been Waiting

11,766
58,577
Waiting On The Sun - Sixpence None the Richer

Waiting On The Sun

11,411
61,189
Trust (Reprise) - Sixpence None the Richer

Trust (Reprise)

11,103
36,969
A Million Parachutes - Sixpence None the Richer

A Million Parachutes

11,057
54,916
Down and Out of Time - Sixpence None the Richer

Down and Out of Time

10,358
47,921
Tonight - Sixpence None the Richer

Tonight

9,809
48,581
My Dear Machine - Sixpence None the Richer

My Dear Machine

8,956
26,933
Still Burning - Sixpence None the Richer

Still Burning

8,372
45,208
Paralyzed - Sixpence None the Richer

Paralyzed

8,269
44,497
Eyes Wide Open - Sixpence None the Richer

Eyes Wide Open

7,591
36,440
Carol of the Bells - Sixpence None the Richer

Carol of the Bells

7,174
20,528
Dizzy - Sixpence None the Richer

Dizzy

6,897
31,836
Trust - Sixpence None the Richer

Trust

5,633
23,844
Field of Flowers - Sixpence None the Richer

Field of Flowers

5,254
22,631
Christmas for Two - Sixpence None the Richer

Christmas for Two

4,912
15,623
Spotlight - Sixpence None the Richer

Spotlight

4,799
20,222