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Sixpence None the Richer

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New Braunfels, Texas, United States (1993 – 2004, 2007 – present)

Sixpence None the Richer is a rock band with roots in New Braunfels, Texas, United States, eventually settling in Nashville, Tennessee, named after a passage in C. S. Lewis’ book Mere Christianity.

Guitarist/songwriter Matt Slocum met vocalist Leigh Nash at a church retreat in the early 1990s. They recorded a demo (which now circulates as The Original Demos) and eventually an album, The Fatherless and the Widow for R.E.X. Records in 1993. The record featured Chris Dodds (of Slocum’s band Love Coma) on drums. Shortly after the release of the album, Slocum left Love Coma to pursue Sixpence full time. The band added Tess Wiley (guitar), J.J. Plasencio (bass) and Dale Baker (drums) for 1995’s This Beautiful Mess. Both albums were produced by Armand John Petri.

In 1997, the group signed to Steve Taylor’s Squint Entertainment and released a self-titled album, which slowly began garnering attention from a wider audience. In 1999, Kiss Me was released as a single, propelling Sixpence into the national pop spotlight. This song was also used in the film She’s All That. The next year, the band recorded a cover of The La’s There She Goes, which became their second hit single. This recording was added to the re-release of Sixpence’s self-titled album as a 13th track.

The band had a follow up album ready to release, but Squint Entertainment started to fall apart - leaving the band in limbo for several years.

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