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Sixpence None the Richer's New Album Fueled by Major 'Life Events'
By Steve Baltin Posted Aug 5th 2010 01:13PM


It's been seven years since Sixpence None the Richer -- best known for the ubiquitous pop smash 'The Kiss' -- released new music. In that time, the Nashville-based band broke up and frontwoman Leigh Nash released a solo album. While those are certainly major musical adjustments, the band's forthcoming 'Strange Conversation' album, due in early 2011, was fueled by much bigger changes.

"I had a lot of personal trials," Nash tells PopEater. "I lost my father and was divorced after 10 years, some pretty monumental life events that have taken place." Not surprisingly, those major upheavals heavily influenced the record. "As a woman and also just in my voice, you can hear more maturity and more vulnerability at the same time. It's bound to happen when you go through things like that, so it's just time. Time gets you ready for whatever the next thing is, so I feel, as an artist, the well is a lot deeper now."

With everything she went through during the band's time apart, it's almost like a new version of Sixpence. "So much time has passed and there's been so much personal growth and growth in the band that we're anxious to get out and show what we sound like now. While we still sound like Sixpence, there's maturity there," she says. "It's an exciting time and it has been a while, so it is like a new start."

The group has had the chance to show off some of that maturity onstage, playing most of the new material live. So far, songs like 'Safety Line,' which Nash calls "one of my all-time favorite songs ever," and 'When You Call Me' have become fan favorites. They'll get a chance to show them off even more Aug. 7 when they join Katharine McPhee, Jon McLaughlin and others for "A Night of Independence," a Los Angeles benefit concert for MusiCares.

That show is another instance where the band members can tie in their own personal tribulations. "Our drummer's wife had to have a huge back surgery. It was a really big deal without going into great detail," Nash says. "They were looking for help with that and have found MusiCares to be easy to talk to and easy to work with, so it touched pretty close to home."

In that vein, Nash is hoping to make everything with the restarted Sixpence as personal as can be. "As artists, we hopefully make somebody feel something, which is always my goal: make beautiful music that makes people feel and that's it," she says. "So far, I think we've done that with this record."