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

693,534
3,887,449
There She Goes - Sixpence None the Richer

There She Goes

184,189
874,373
Don't Dream It's Over - Sixpence None the Richer

Don't Dream It's Over

120,311
641,028
Breathe Your Name - Sixpence None the Richer

Breathe Your Name

58,652
291,513
Melody of You - Sixpence None the Richer

Melody of You

31,830
149,408
We Have Forgotten - Sixpence None the Richer

We Have Forgotten

21,606
69,835
Breathe - Sixpence None the Richer

Breathe

20,909
77,402
I Can't Catch You - Sixpence None the Richer

I Can't Catch You

20,153
70,124
Loser Like Me - Sixpence None the Richer

Loser Like Me

19,892
73,456
Angeltread - Sixpence None the Richer

Angeltread

19,513
63,931
Easy to Ignore - Sixpence None the Richer

Easy to Ignore

19,427
60,347
I Need Love - Sixpence None the Richer

I Need Love

19,422
73,227
Dancing Queen - Sixpence None the Richer

Dancing Queen

19,099
79,649
The Lines of My Earth - Sixpence None the Richer

The Lines of My Earth

18,148
61,196
Anything - Sixpence None the Richer

Anything

17,199
57,576
The Waiting Room - Sixpence None the Richer

The Waiting Room

17,185
51,205
Sister, Mother - Sixpence None the Richer

Sister, Mother

16,795
53,478
Silent Night - Sixpence None the Richer

Silent Night

15,936
35,363
Love - Sixpence None the Richer

Love

15,798
52,575
Puedo Escribir - Sixpence None the Richer

Puedo Escribir

15,778
47,179
I Won't Stay Long - Sixpence None the Richer

I Won't Stay Long

15,609
46,066
Us - Sixpence None the Richer

Us

15,333
54,833
Too Far Gone - Sixpence None the Richer

Too Far Gone

14,659
53,975
The Ground You Shook - Sixpence None the Richer

The Ground You Shook

14,192
48,096
Moving On - Sixpence None the Richer

Moving On

13,935
43,267
Brighten My Heart - Sixpence None the Richer

Brighten My Heart

13,518
49,514
I've Been Waiting - Sixpence None the Richer

I've Been Waiting

11,946
59,216
Waiting On The Sun - Sixpence None the Richer

Waiting On The Sun

11,506
61,649
A Million Parachutes - Sixpence None the Richer

A Million Parachutes

11,389
56,023
Trust (Reprise) - Sixpence None the Richer

Trust (Reprise)

11,132
37,123
Down and Out of Time - Sixpence None the Richer

Down and Out of Time

10,458
48,341
Tonight - Sixpence None the Richer

Tonight

9,888
48,973
My Dear Machine - Sixpence None the Richer

My Dear Machine

9,031
27,152
Still Burning - Sixpence None the Richer

Still Burning

8,443
45,567
Paralyzed - Sixpence None the Richer

Paralyzed

8,344
44,843
Eyes Wide Open - Sixpence None the Richer

Eyes Wide Open

7,746
36,827
Carol of the Bells - Sixpence None the Richer

Carol of the Bells

7,194
20,601
Dizzy - Sixpence None the Richer

Dizzy

6,950
32,072
Trust - Sixpence None the Richer

Trust

5,695
24,029
Field of Flowers - Sixpence None the Richer

Field of Flowers

5,335
22,874
Christmas for Two - Sixpence None the Richer

Christmas for Two

4,929
15,668
Spotlight - Sixpence None the Richer

Spotlight

4,862
20,439