- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Leigh Nash, lead vocalist for Sixpence None the Richer, has kept her sanity despite the craziness of the music industry. The Nashville-based band plays the Birchmere in Alexandria tonight.
The group began in Christian rock but achieved mainstream success in 1999 with the catchy crossover hit "Kiss Me," the theme of the comedy "She's All That." A remake of the La's "There She Goes" followed "Kiss Me" on the charts to become the second hit single from the band's album "Sixpence None the Richer."
However, because of record-company squabbles, the group's new album, "Divine Discontent," did not arrive in stores until October, almost three years after the band had begun recording it. It is Sixpence's first full-length studio release since 1997.
"That which does not kill you makes you stronger," Miss Nash says. "It was really rough."
In early 2001, Steve Taylor, former president of the band's label, Squint Records, a Christian record company, left the company he founded. Mr. Taylor's marketing efforts had built the song "Kiss Me" into a cultural phenomenon, and his exit left Sixpence's fate in the hands of the prospective owners, attorneys and accountants. Finally, Reprise Records picked up the band last year.
Besides Miss Nash, the band, whose lineup has changed over the years, includes guitarist-songwriter Matt Slocum, guitarist Sean Kelly, bassist Justin Cary, keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden and new drummer Rob Mitchell.
"We all got through it together," Miss Nash says. "It wasn't really so bad. You just have to put things into perspective and realize that my little record does not signify the end of the world."
During the lag between finishing "Divine Discontent" and its release, Miss Nash says the band chose to add some songs that weren't on the original recording, including "Don't Dream It's Over," "Down and Out of Time," "Waiting on the Sun" and "Tonight." She is pleased with the airplay received by "Breathe Your Name," the album's first single.
"We were just shocked," she says. "We were so pleased and flattered that radio still remembered us."
The second single on the album, a cover of Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over," has appeared in the trailer for the hit Paramount Picture movie "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. The band performs the number on the WB show "Sabrina the Teenage Witch"on Friday, and it also will be featured in the Disney film "Freaky Friday," which opens in theaters in March.
Because of its crossover success, Miss Nash says, the band is often misunderstood by its original fans in Christian rock. (The name Sixpence None the Richer comes from a book by Christian novelist and essayist C.S. Lewis.)
"We're just trying to have a music career that surpasses the little, silly, petty arguments over whether music can be Christian," Miss Nash says. "We're not trying to say we're not Christians. … It's just so silly."

WHAT: Sixpence None the Richer
7:30 tonight
The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

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