Farewell Sixpence

In case you haven’t heard, Sixpence None the Richer is calling it quits. The announcement was made in the latest issue of CCM Magazine (but don’t look for details online — yet). No real big reasons were given, though I can think of a few (namely facing a major legal battle to release practically every record they ever recorded). Leigh Nash plans to be a new mom and Matt Slocum has some travel plans.

It’s a bit sad to see such a good band go. Sixpence definitely made some mainstream waves. I remember a rare moment on Late Night with David Letterman where he interviewed Leigh Nash and she explained where the band name came from, citing C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. A nice moment for network TV.

I’ve never been a huge Sixpence fan, mainly passing over their chart-busting self-titled release, but I’ve really taken to their last album, Divine Discontent. My favorite song without a doubt is “Paralyzed.”

Oh well. Farewell Sixpence.

7 thoughts on “Farewell Sixpence”

  1. I’m not a hardcore Sixpence fan per se, but I do enjoy their stuff. I have most of their CD’s, and I do rather like Divine Discontent. Ah well. All good things must pass, I suppose. Hopefully we can get a new round of good Christian artists here: things seem rather stagnant right now.

  2. This is my forty-fifth depressing tune
    They’re looking for money as they clean my artistic womb
    And when I give birth to the child I must take to flight
    ‘Cause the black in our pockets won’t let us fight a proper fight
    So hey baby, can you shed some light on the problem, maybe?
    ‘Cause we’re all tired and we’d like to know
    If we should pack our tents, shut down the show
    Yes, we should like to see a burning bush-type sign

    But anything would be fine

    That was written in 1997. They must have been going through this or something like it for quite some time! Man, that really sucks.

  3. Josh, yeah, they’re original record company, REX, went down in financial flames, and they tried to suck every penny they could out of Sixpence, who left and weren’t trying to go down with the ship.

    The above song was about those legal battles, and I’m unsure if the stuff Kevin mentioned is the same stuff continuing, or new one’s on top of that. At any rate, that really stinks. *sigh* It would be nice to think that the Christian record industry was better than that, but I guess that’s too much to hope. Grrrr.

  4. Not only did Sixpence go through all that muck when they left R.E.X. and joined up with Squint, but when Squint folded and they ended up being signed with Word they had to go through it all again. The album got delayed and there was a whole mucketymuck again.

  5. I love Sixpence and this news kind of made me depressed. I love many of their songs, but my favoirte is Tensions is a Passing Note on Divine Discontent. Just incredible sound/lyric combination. I also love Leigh Nash singing the Grinch song. She does it so cool.

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