None the Richer is older, wiser
Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer has been famous since her band's "Kiss Me" blew up in 1999. Quickly followed by the release of a second single, a cover of The La's "There She Goes," Sixpence None the Richer was sky high at the beginning of the millennium. However, when their follow up album, Divine Discontent, was released in 2002, the band began a slow devolution until they finally separated in 2004.
The two founding members, Nash and her songwriting partner Matt Slocum, went their separate ways for much of the last decade. Slocum toured with bands The Choir and Over the Rhine and recorded studio sessions with dozens of other musicians. Nash released a critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful solo album, Blue on Blue.
In late 2007, Slocum and Nash decided to give Sixpence another try, reuniting and releasing a Christmas album, something they felt their fans had always wanted from them. They've got another full-length completely recorded and ready for release in March of this year, Lost in Transition. But before that, they'll be at the Super Bowl Village.
NUVO: What's new in your
NUVO: How old is your son?
NUVO: Is he showing any interest in making music? Were you involved in music from a really young age?
LN: I loved old country music, which is what first inspired me to sing. I was in choir growing up in school and in church. Henry, so far, he's been showing an interest in the drums. His dad plays drums. And [my son] is kind of showing a natural ability with music thus far. Since his dad plays, we haven't gotten him in to any lessons yet, but his dad works with him.
NUVO: Let's talk about the literary bent that run through some of your music. I know your band is named after a line from Mere Christianity.
LN: Yes, that's correct. I'd say for my partner Matt, [literature has] been extremely influential. He's always reading a book, even back when we first met. Back in high school, I was reading what I had to read but I didn't get into reading [for pleasure] until later. But Matt, he's always been inspired [by books].
NUVO: Are you reading anything
interesting right now?
NUVO: This is a Super Bowl
performance. Are you a fan?
NUVO: Take me through your
new album. What new musical developments are on this album?
NUVO: Do you ever feel trapped by the massive success of your band's two singles, "Kiss Me" and "There She Goes?"
LN: I really don't get asked a lot. I guess I do feel a bit trapped, but I'm really thankful. Without some success, we might have hung it up by now. But it was a lot, really quickly. And it was at a time of life where we were about to start our families. I don't know, just the way things have shaken out, where there's been a long pause between records, [actually] more than a pause, more like a chasm. Now I'm a little bit intimidated to come back with a new record because it's been eight or nine years now. But it is a gift. But a lot of people do remember our name, so it's not like starting over. We'll have to do a lot of promotion though, to get people [listening to this record].
NUVO: What advice do you
have for local singer-songwriters that have been making music for
a long time?