From “Kiss Me” to “Blessed Redeemer”, former Sixpence None The Richer
lead vocalist Leigh Nash turns her attention to sacred love with her newest project.
Traveling throughout the world and gaining worldwide recognition with her former band, Nash experienced much success but never compromised her stance as a person of faith.
Although Sixpence None The Richer
is well known for their pop hits, the rock band itself has roots that are anchored in faith.
The band chose its name from one of Christianity’s best known apologetic writings, Mere Christianity
by C.S. Lewis. When explaining the meaning behind the band’s name on the Late Show with David Letterman, she said
“It comes from a book by C. S. Lewis called Mere Christianity
. A little boy asks his father if he can get a sixpence—a very small amount of English currency—to go and get a gift for his father. The father gladly accepts the gift and he's really happy with it, but he also realizes that he's not any richer for the transaction.”
“C.S. Lewis was comparing that to his belief that God has given him, and us, the gifts that we possess, and to serve Him the way we should, we should do it humbly—realizing how we got the gifts in the first place.”
Nash, who grew up shyly singing in her church’s congregation is now returning to her roots.
“I was really excited by the idea of making a record of hymns,” continues Nash. “I grew up loving singing in the congregation at my church, always wishing to have the courage to sing solos in the church choir. I finally got my solos in the form of this record!” Nash said in a press release.
Hymns & Sacred Songs
marks Nash’s third project. She first embarked on her solo journey back in 2006 with the release of Blue On Blue
Touring with Christian artists such as Jars of Clay, Sara Groves, and Leeland, Nash has been able to amass a diverse fan base that includes non Christian and Christian audiences. Returning with a solo album that is overtly Christian, taking old hymns and comprising them with new melodies, might be her opportunity to bridge the gap between the two audiences and more widely share her faith with others.
In a press release, Nash expressed her excitement about the new project that showcases her faith.
“I am so very thankful for the opportunity to sing these words and even get to infuse some of them with new melodies,” says Leigh Nash. “It is a gift above any I can presently think of, to sing to my God! The musicians, producer and engineers are all so gifted and the songs so rich in word and melody that my feet were dancing and my heart was constantly lifted throughout the recording of this record! I pray you will have the same symptoms!”