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GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Listen: Sixpence None The Richer
GRAMMY-nominated pop/rock group exclusively debut new song "Safety Line" from forthcoming album Lost In Transition only on GRAMMY.com
GRAMMY-nominated pop/rock group Sixpence None The Richer are set to release Lost In Transition, their first studio album in 10 years, on Aug. 7. Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen to the song "Safety Line."
Originally formed in Austin, Texas, in 1993 by vocalist Leigh Nash and guitarist Matt Slocum, the recently reunited Sixpence None The Richer are currently based in Nashville and readying the release of Lost In Transition, an album that represents the struggles the band endured leading up to its recording.
"When we parted it didn't take me long to miss the band," says Nash. "The music Matt and I make together makes me really happy. So it was great to get back together."
"The title definitely has a double meaning," says Slocum regarding Lost In Transition. "It's about things that have happened in our lives recently, really big events on a personal and musical level that we had to transition through. And now we have."
Produced by seven-time GRAMMY-winning producer Jim Scott and producer/musician Daniel Tashian, the album features 12 songs, including "Safety Line," which was co-written by Slocum with Ben Shive and features Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar, that include a mix of pop, piano, acoustic guitar, and country, and covers themes including loss on songs such as "Sooner Than Later," which was inspired by the passing of Nash's father.
"There had been a lot of upheaval in my life, from my dad's passing to a divorce," says Nash. "When we started recording, I just had this overflow of emotion."
Deriving their name from a passage in C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity, Sixpence None The Richer's 1997 self-titled album earned them their first GRAMMY nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album and landed at No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart, fueled by the hit single "Kiss Me," which earned a GRAMMY nomination in 1999 for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. The album also spawned the Top 40 hit "There She Goes." Divine Discontent was released in 2002 and peaked at No. 9 on the Christian Albums chart on the strength of their version of Crowded House's 1987 hit "Don't Dream It's Over." The band subsequently parted ways, with Nash releasing her debut solo album, Blue On Blue, in 2006. The band reconvened in 2008 to release a holiday album, The Dawn Of Grace.
Sixpence None The Richer are currently on tour throughout the United States, with select dates scheduled through September.