She may be the youngest member of Sixpence None the Richer, but lead vocalist Leigh Nash performs like someone well beyond her years. The once stage-shy singer has gained confidence through recording and touring to become one of the industry's premier female vocalists. A native of New Braunfels, Texas, Nash (then Leigh Bingham) began her singing career by performing in country honky-tonks at a young age, aspiring to be the next Tanya Tucker or Patsy Cline. She met Matt Slocum at church and the two began playing songs together. Sixpence was born, and a demo resulted in a record deal. Aside from her duties as vocalist, Leigh has also penned songs for the band's This Beautiful Mess and self-titled albums. On Sixpence's Tickets For A Prayer Wheel EP, Leigh fulfilled a dream by recording the cover of "Love Letters In The Sand" -- a song which was recorded by Patsy Cline. On May 26, 1996, she married PFR drummer Mark Nash, and the two now reside in Nashville.
Before founding Sixpence None The Richer, Matt Slocum played guitar for the Texas-based band Love Coma. He served as executive producer for that band's debut album Soul Rash and composed the music for several of the songs. But not until he joined forces with Leigh Bingham to start Sixpence was he able to express his own rich, honest lyrics in his music. Although he took piano lessons as a youngster, Matt really wasn't interested in playing music until he received a guitar for Christmas just before his 15th birthday. Known primarily as a guitarist and songwriter, he has also become quite an accomplished cellist and has written string arrangements for Sixpence and a number of outside projects. In 1996, Matt relocated from his hometown of New Braunfels, Texas, to Nashville, where he and his wife Kristin now live. In his spare time he enjoys reading, listening to music, watching movies, and playing video games.
Now the drummer for Sixpence, Dale Baker lived above the studio where the band's demo was recorded. After The Fatherless And The Widow was released Baker offered his drumming skills to Sixpence and was given the job after auditioning. A native of Branson, Missouri, he first began drumming in fifth grade band when he chose the drums over the saxophone. He drummed for the Toby Show and Silver Dollar City during the mid-'80s and went on to attain his bachelor of music from the University of North Texas. During 1990, Baker was the drummer for fiddle virtuoso Shoji Tabuchi and he performed on the debut release by Frankly Scarlet before joining the ranks of Sixpence in 1993. He now resides in Nashville with his wife Carole and enjoys outdoor activities such as mountain biking and caving.
Born in the Catskill Mountains of New York, Justin Cary began singing all styles of music in elementary school. As a high school junior he began playing bass, and he soon decided to drop his other hobbies (including a potential livelihood as a pro bowler) to pursue a career as a musician. In January of 1997, Cary left New York for Nashville to break into the music scene. A friend soon suggested that Cary would be a perfect fit for Sixpence, whose bassist J.J. Plasencio had recently left the band. Although he had never heard of Sixpence before, Cary left a message for Sixpence's Matt Slocum in which he expressed his interest to play bass for his "favorite band," Sixpence. His call wasn't returned, but he soon had a chance to fill-in for Sixpence when the band's interim bassist--who lived next door to Cary and heard him practicing his bass--was unable to play a show. Cary became Sixpence's full-time bassist soon thereafter. He and his wife reside in Nashville, and he enjoys reading up on history and vital statistics in his spare time.
While growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sean Kelly began teaching himself guitar in his early teens and played bass in the high school band. His high school rock band, Patches in Blue, played parties before becoming a regular opener in bars around Albuquerque. In 1990, Kelly transferred from the University of New Mexico to Belmont University in Nashville, and soon decided to pursue a career in music. During his first year at Belmont he cofounded The Lounge Flounders, a band which earned a record deal with Mercury after Kelly's graduation. The band's only album, Imaginary Saints, suffered from poor label support and The Lounge Flounders disbanded after parting ways with Mercury. While spending the following year as a freelance guitarist, he received a call from Matt Slocum. Sixpence had recently completed its self-titled album and was in need of a touring guitarist, and in March 1998 Kelly joined the band. He resides with his wife, Dolly, in a suburb of Nashville, and enjoys golfing, skiing, biking, and coercing celebrities to record his outgoing answering machine message.
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