After relying on a small but devoted fanbase for
the last several years, this once obscure rock band is on the
verge of becoming a household name. With their Grammy nominated
self-titled album now certified GOLD, and the #1 smash hit "Kiss
Me" (along with their second hit "There She Goes")
leading the way at several formats in the U.S., Canada and the
U.K., Sixpence is cherishing every moment of hard-won acceptance.
The formation of Sixpence was set in motion in
1989 when a 16-year-old Matt Slocum heard 13-year-old Leigh
sing in a small town just south of Austin, Texas. After signing
with a small independent label three years later, they debuted
in 1993 with THE FATHERLESS AND THE WIDOW, an impressive introduction
which landed a Billboard Critic's Choice as one of the Ten Best
Albums of the Year.
Sixpence began to evolve into a dedicated touring
act, and even laid tracks across the United Kingdom their freshman
year. Early '95 found the increasingly seasoned group releasing
their sophomore effort, THIS BEAUTIFUL MESS, and venturing further
into the live circuit. The band relocated to Nashville in 1996,
but not before they had logged countless miles on the road,
and shared the stage with a wide range of artists including
The Proclaimers, 10,000 Maniacs and The Smithereens.
Turning to a trusted friend, they found an innovative
ally in producer Steve Taylor. This union proved to be the catalyst
from which Squint Entertainment would soon be launched. SIXPENCE
NONE THE RICHER is the self-titled, flagship release for the
new record label / film company.
With the increased profile came increased sales
and additional radio airplay, enabling "Kiss Me" to
crack Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. A few weeks later VH1
added the original "Kiss Me" video to their rotation,
and MTV began airing the clip on 120 MINUTES. The stage was
set and immediately Miramax Films chose "Kiss Me"
as the featured song for their upcoming motion picture SHE'S
ALL THAT. The film hit theaters on January 29 and opened #1
at the box office. With television programs like DAWSON'S CREEK,
DARIA and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS also electing to spotlight
"Kiss Me," the exposure was tremendous.
In a matter of weeks both VH1 and MTV had Miramax's
new "Kiss Me" video in heavy rotation, and the song
was soaring up numerous charts. Sixpence made guest appearances
on LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN, THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY
LENO and LIVE WITH REGIS & KATHIE LEE. As the month of April
came to a close, "Kiss Me" was certified GOLD and
penetrated the Top 5 of ten different major charts. On May 16
Casey Kasem announced "Kiss Me" as the #1 song in
the country to his AMERICAN TOP 40 audience. Sixpence, who continues
touring, received an invitation to join the entire West Coast
leg of Lilith Fair '99.