The story of Sixpence None the Richer is the tale of two remarkable people who both embraced culture and sought to shake it, leaving an indelible mark on the face of pop music. Though many artists had sacrificed either their faith or their art for the sake of commercial success, Sixpence None the Richer maintained a rare combination of artistic integrity and steadfast conviction in the wake of mass appeal, all the while unashamedly presenting a philosophy of faith that often left the watching world speechless.
The journey first began for vocalist Leigh Nash and songwriter/guitarist Matt Slocum, both of New Braunfels, Texas, with the release of their acclaimed but little-distributed debut, The Fatherless and the Widow (REX Records, 1994). This sparsely-produced record startled critics with the way Nash perfectly owned Slocum's songwriting, breathing an effervescent life into each line as though it were her own. Already, Sixpence None the Richer had found the combination of wrenching lyrical depth and brave vocals that would captivate thousands as the band's career progressed.
The band's 1995 follow-up, This Beautiful Mess, met with growing acclaim, but suffered from REX's demise shortly after its release. Sixpence None the Richer then found a welcome home in newly-formed indie-label Squint Entertainment, the brainchild of legendary producer Steve Taylor. With a resolute commitment to introducing people everywhere to the band's music, Squint prepared to launch the momentous album that would move Sixpence None the Richer into its spotlit pop center.
First released in 1997, Sixpence None the Richer spent more than a year on shelves before its winsome love song, "Kiss Me," landed on the soundtrack to Miramax Film's "She's All That." Seemingly overnight, Sixpence None the Richer found themselves with the #1 pop song in the U.S., as "Kiss Me" became the most-played song in 11 countries and topped VH1's "Video Countdown." The GRAMMY-nominated sonnet appeared on sitcoms and soaps, and landed the band on Leno, Letterman, and morning talk's crown jewels as well. Even England's royal family couldn't resist the single's charms, playing the song for over 200 million viewers at Prince Edward's 1999 wedding.
In due time, Sixpence None the Richer followed that success with its cover of The La's hit "There She Goes," adding an eleventh-hour recording of the song to its soon-to-be platinum-selling project. Establishing Sixpence None the Richer as a legitimate "Breakthrough Artist," according to R&R Magazine, the song became a Top 10 pop single and video in its own right. More television and movie appearances followed, including a cover of Sam Phillips' "I Need Love" for the Here On Earth soundtrack (Twentieth Century Fox), NBC's Today Presents: The Best of the Summer Concert Series ("Us"), and original worship choruses for the compilation albums Exodus ("Brighten My Heart") and Streams ("Breathe"), along with many others.
In 2004, the band announced that they would be disbanding to pursue other musical endeavors. Sixpence None the Richer's final studio album, 2002's Divine Discontent, recorded the band's struggle to come to terms with the obligations of its commercial success. Divine Discontent delivered another Top 10 single with its cover of Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over," and a Top 20 with "Breathe Your Name," while giving the band a chance to take stock of its creative journey and reiterate its deep-seated convictions.
After some soul-searching, personal tribulations, and various musical excursions, members Leigh Nash and Matt Slocum decided to get back together and continue making Sixpence None the Richer music "for the next 2,000 to 3,000 years." The My Dear Machine EP was the first fruit of that lifelong desire.
In late 209, Sixpence None The Richer announced that they had signed on with Credential Records, and would be releasing a new album through the label in early 2010.
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|The Original Demos||1993||Independent|
|The Fatherless And The Widow||1994||R.E.X. Records|
|This Beautiful Mess||1995||R.E.X. Records|
|Tickets for a Prayer Wheel EP||1996||Sheridan Square Records|
|Sixpence None the Richer||1997||Squint Entertainment|
|Divine Discontent||2002||Squint Entertainment|
|The Best of the Early Years||2005||Sheridan Square Records|
|My Dear Machine EP||2008||Indepenent|
|The Dawn of Grace: A Collection of Original and Traditional Christmas Songs||2008||Nettwerk Records|
|Greatest Hits||2009||Word Records|
|Lost In Transition||2012||Independent|