SIXPENCE NONE THE RICHER

"My Dear Machine"


SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

The story of Sixpence None the Richer 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 in 1994 on REX records. 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Sixpence'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.

The Best of Sixpence None the Richer gathers Sixpence favorites from across each of the band's studio albums, along with hard-to-find cuts from various soundtracks and compilations and a few new songs. The track list includes the band's version of "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times," contributed to a compilation commemorating Beach Boy Brian Wilson, and a unique Japanese version of "Kiss Me" never before heard outside Japan. Revealing Sixpence's spiritual bent are such fan favorites as the Psalmic "Trust (Reprise)" from The Fatherless and the Widow; the atmospheric, quizzical opening to This Beautiful Mess, "Angeltread;" and Divine Discontent's "Melody of You," which climatically marries the group's streams of artistry, belief and pop appeal. The collection would not be complete without a couple of fresh creative offerings, found in the previously unreleased cuts "Loser Like Me" and "Too Far Gone."

In 2006 singer Leigh Nash released her first solo album "Blue on Blue", with songs she all had co-written - one with Matt Slocum of Six Pence

In spring 2008 it was announced that Sixpence is planning to reform and release an EP as well as a full Christmas CD. Both these projects have been released by October 2008


Label issues have delayed the release of a new album, planned to be called "Strange Conversation". In December 2011 Leigh announced that the album will be released in June 2012 with the title "Lost in Transition"

It possible that one more album, could be released later in 2012

Source, The Official Sixpence None the Richer homepage

Band Members:

Leigh Nash: Lead singer and songwriter

Matt Slocum: Guitar and songwriter

Chris Dodds: Drums. Only featured on the first album.

Tess Wiley: Guitar

J. J. Plasencio:Bass

Dale Baker: Drums



Discography:


1. The Original Demos - 1993

Tracks:
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Rating :


2. The Fatherless and the Widow - REX Records 1994

Tracks:
1. Field Of Flowers / 2. Spotlight / 3. The Fatherless & The Widow / 4. Musings / 5. Trust / 6. Falling Leaves / 7. Meaningless / 8. Soul An Apology / 9. Trust (reprise)
Rating :


3. This Beautiful Mess - Squint Entertainment 1995

Tracks:
1. Angetread / 2. Love Salvation Fear Of Death / 3. Bleeding / 4. Within A Room Somewhere / 5. Melting Alone / 6. Circle Of Error / 7. Garden / 8. Disconnect / 9. Thought Menagerie / 10. Maybe Tomorrow / 11. Drifting / 12. I Can't Explain
Rating : 7


4. Tickets for a Prayer Wheel [EP] - Flying Tart 1996

Tracks:
1. Within A Room Somewhere / 2. Within A Room Somewhere / 3. Healer / 4. Dresses / 5. Love Letters In The Sand / 6. Carry You / 7. Alisha's First Step / 8. Solomon The Mystic / 9. Untitled / 10. Untitled
Rating : 6


5. Sixpence None the Richer - Squint Entertainment 1997

Tracks:
1. We have forgotten / 2. Anything / 3. The waiting room / 4. Easy to ignore / 5. Kiss me / 6. Puedo escribir / 7. I can't catch you / 8. The lines of my earth / 9. Sister mother / 10. I wont stay long / 11. Love / 12. Moving on / 13. There she goes
Rating : 8


6. Divine Discontent - Word Records 2002 / Reprise

Tracks:
1. Breathe Your Name / 2. Tonight / 3. Down and Out of Time / 4. Don't Dream It's Over / 5. Waiting on the Sun / 6. Still Burning / 7. Melody of You / 8. Paralyzed / 9. I've Been Waiting / 10. Eyes Wide Open / 11. Dizzy / 12. Tension Is a Passing Note / 13. Million Parachutes
Rating : 8


7. The Best of - Word Records 2004

Tracks:
1. Loser Like Me / 2. Us / 3. Too Far Gone / 4. Ground You Shook / 5. Kiss Me / 6. Breathe Your Name / 7. Melody of You / 8. Dancing Queen / 9. Don't Dream It's Over / 10. There She Goes / 11. I Need Love / 12. I Just Wasn't Made for These Times / 13. Breathe / 14. Brighten My Heart / 15. Angeltread / 16. Within a Room Somewhere / 17. Trust (Reprise) / 18. Kiss Me [Japanese Version )
Rating : 8


8. Need to Be Next to You ( Leigh Nash ) single - Phantom Sound 2001

Tracks:
1. Need To Be Next To You (Radio Edit) / 2. Need To Be Next To You (Movie Mix) /( 3. Walking With Strangers
Rating :


9. Blue on Blue ( Leigh Nash ) - Nettwerk Records 2006

Tracks:
1. Along The Wall / 2. Nervous In The Light Of Dawn / 3. My Idea Of Heaven / 4. Ocean Sized Love / 5. Never Finish / 6. Between The Lines / 7. More Of It / 8. Angel Tonight / 9. Blue / 10. Cloud Nine / 11. Just A Little / 12. Run Together (*) / 13. Blue Sky (Full version) (*) / 14. Blue Sky (acapella) (*)
Rating : 8


10. The Dawn of Grace - 2008

Tracks:
1. Angels We Have Heard on High / 2. The Last Christmas / 3. O Come, O Come Emmanuel / 4. Silent Night / 5. Riu, Riu, Riu / 6. Carol of the Bells / 7. Christmas Island / 8. River / 9. Christmas for Two / 10. Some Children See Him
Rating : 7


11. My Dear Machine - EP 2008

Tracks:
1. My Dear Machine / 2. Amazing Grace / 3. Sooner Than Later / 4. Around
Rating : 7


12. Lost in Transition - Tyger Jim 2012

Tracks:
1. My Dear Machine / 2. Radio / 3. Give It Back / 4. Safety Line / 5. When You Call Me / 6. Should Not Be This Hard / 7. Go Your Way / 8. Failure / 9. Don't Blame Yourself / 10. Stand My Ground / 11. Sooner Than Later / 12. Be OK / 13. I Do*
Rating : 8


13. The State I'm In - Pledge Music 2015

Tracks:
1. Spider and The Moth / 2. Cruel Heart / 3. Chicago / 4. Mountain / 5. What's Behind Me / 6. Somebody's Yesterday / 7. The Promise Break / 8. Dreaming Out Loud / 9. The State I'm In / 10. High Is Better / 11. Tell Me Now Tennessee / 12. Doing It Wrong
Rating : 7


Essential Albums!

Original albums and EP's as listed and rated on “Rate Your Music” - October 15 - 2015

298 Divine Discontent - 2002
304 Tickets for a Prayer Wheel - 2002
355 My Dear Machine - 2008
585 The Best of - 2004
843 Sixpence None the Richer - 1997
863 This Beautiful Mess - 1995
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April 20 - 2008
My Suggestion For a 2 CD 160 minutes (app.) Best Of Compilation:

1. There She Goes Again ( Mavers ) Sixpence None the Richer
2. Don't Dream It's Over ( Finn ) Devine Discontent
3. I've Been Waiting ( Slocum ) Devine Discontent
4. We have forgotten ( Slocum ) Sixpence None the Richer
5. Eyes Wide Open ( Nash ) Devine Discontent
6. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times ( Wilson ) Best of
7. Breathe ( Mallory/Nash/Tumes ) Best of
8. Kiss Me ( Slocum ) Sixpence None the Richer
9. Ground You Shook ( Slocum ) Best of
10. Breathe Your Name ( Slocum ) Devine Discontent
11. Just a Little ( Nash/Brisboise/Rodrigues ) Blue on Blue
12. Nervous in the Light of Love ( Nash/Slocum/Nowels/Steinberg ) Blue on Blue
13. Brighten My Heart ( Slocum ) Best of
14. Along the Wall ( Nash/Marchand ) Blue on Blue
15. Trust Reprise ( Slocum ) The Fatherless and the Widow
16. My Idea of Heaven ( Nash/Nowels/Steinberg ) Blue on Blue
17. Too Far Gone ( Slocum ) Best of
18. Charmed Life ( Nash) Uptown Girls Soundtrack
19. Need to Be Next to You ( Warren ) Bounce Soundtrack
20. Hard Candy Christmas ( Trad ) Wishing For This
21. My Dear Machine (Slocum/Jamieson/Tasbian) My Dear Machine
22. Run Together ( Nash/Slocum/Nowels/Steinberg ) Blue on Blue
23. I Need Love ( Phillips ) Best of
24. Easy to Ignore ( Slocum ) Sixpence None the Richer
25. Never Finish ( Nash/Aniello ) Blue on Blue
26. Safety Line (Slocum/Shive) Lost in Transition
27. Anything ( Slocum ) Sixpence None the Richer
28. Angels We Have Heard on High ( Trad.) The Dawn of Grace
29. Brighten My Heart ( Slocum ) Best of
30. Us ( Slocum ) Best of
31. Melody of You (Slocum) Devine Discontent
32. Circle of Error ( Slocum ) This Beautiful Mess
33. Loser Like Me ( Slocum ) Best of
34. Last Christmas (Slocum) The Dawn of Grace
35. Father and Son ( Stevens ) Everwood Soundtrack
36. Charmed Life ( - ) Uptown Girls Soundtrack
37. River ( Mitchell) The Dawn of Grace
38. Within a Room Somewhere (Slocum) This Beautiful Mess
39. Don't Blame Yourself (Slocum/Ashworth) Lost in Transition
40. O Come, O Come Emmanuel ( Trad.) The Dawn of Grace
41. Radio (Slocum/Ashworth) Lost in Transition
42. Sooner Than Later (Nash/Wilson) Lost in Transition
43. Should Not be This Hard (Nash/Wilson) Lost in Transition
44. The Promise Break (Nash/House) The State I'm in

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