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Lacey Brown's 'Kiss Me' hooked Sixpence None the Richer's Leigh Nash

Mar 10, 2010

Sixpence None the Richer singer Leigh Nash wasn't watching American Idol last week when Lacey Brown covered her song Kiss Me, but she heard about it quickly.

"I almost immediately started getting texts from people," says the Nashville-based singer, whose band has reunited after six years and is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on an album set for July release. So Nash looked up Lacey's performance of her song online. "For the most part, I heard people saying she wasn't very good," Nash says, "but when I watched it, I thought she was adorable."

Nash liked Lacey enough that she watched an entire episode of Idol Tuesday for the first time this season. And what she saw impressed her.

"I really enjoyed it a lot, and I didn't expect to," Nash says. "It seems like this season, they've got some great artists on their hands.

"I'm hooked."

Nash's favorites? Didi Benami's Rhiannon and Lacey's The Story.

"Didi Benami was pretty crazy," she says. "She exuded this effortless, gorgeous what's-upness."

Nash adds that Lacey's performance of Brandi Carlile's The Story gave her chills. "If she made a whole record of original songs where she relayed the kind of mood that she did, I would totally buy that record. That says a lot coming from me, becaue I still listen to Leonard Cohen and Patsy C line, but i thought she was interesting and captivating. And she really does know how to work the camera, so that was impressive."

Nash watched Tuesday's show with her 6-year-old son, Henry, who was seeing it for the first time. "Anybody that I did not like, he was like, 'I think she was great.' I wasn't way into Katelyn Epperly, and Henry said, 'Well, I loved it."

Nash says she caught Siobhan Magnus singing Wicked Game two weeks ago and had the Chris Isaak song stuck in her head for days afterwards. "I don't think the judges particularly liked it that night, but there was something powerful about her," Nash says. "There were things about it that weren't perfect, and parts of it were kind of annoying, but there were things about it that I was like, 'Man, she's really feeling that.'"

Nash also liked Siobhan's performance of House of the Rising Sun: "That's a hard song to sing. She's definitely really different, and very captivating."

As for the other singers:

Katie Stevens' Breakaway: "I didn't care for her. I didn't really get into that."

Paige Miles' Smile: "That song, I guess should be happy, but I appreciated that she brought a sadness to it that really moved me. I think she did a more creative version than most people would have done. I really got it, whatever she was trying to do, and I don't think the judges did."

Crystal Bowersox's Give Me One Reason: "I'm not as into that kind of music. My father was crazy about Janis Joplin, so I can respect it. I thought she was badass. I love that she was so natural -- she had hardly any makeup on -- and she sang like a freak."

Lilly Scott's I Fall to Pieces: "I am a huge Patsy Cline fan -- a crazy, crazy Patsy Cline fan. When Lilly first started singing, the first word that I though was 'No.' The second one I thought was, 'Maybe.' By the end of it, I was going, 'Wow, that's really creative.' I haven't been watching, so that puts me at a disadvantage in a lot of ways, but, by the end of it, I thought what she did was fantastic. She really put a modern spin on what most people might think is an old-hat kind of song. I appreciate it, and I thought she did a great job. And she's obviously a great singer."

By the way, if you live in Florida and would like to hear Sixpence None the Richer songs in a different context, Leigh has dates in Jacksonville, Miami and Orland this week as part of her "Open Wings Broken Strings" tour with Eddie Kowalczyk of Live and Everclear's Art Alexakis