by Tracy Darlington
Leigh Nash Interview
"Whatever I write about is colored by my faith in God." --Leigh Nash
Leigh Nash is perhaps best known for her thirteen year stint as lead singer of the band Sixpence None the Richer. But with the release of her first solo album Blue on Blue, and the birth of her son Henry, new and exciting things are happening in the life of Leigh Nash.
Tracy: Music can be a powerful influence in a person’s life. Could you talk about some of the bands and songs that have impacted your life?
Leigh: Leonard Cohen’s music strikes a chord with me. It makes me feel like I’m listening to someone’s letters to me. What does that mean? I love The Cardigans, Rufus Wainwright, Guy Clark, Jim Reeves, Los Straitjackets, Lhasa de Sela.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a musician?
I knew at about 12 when I started singing in the church choir.
What’s special to you about Blue on Blue?
It’s my first solo record and I’m very proud of it. I didn’t know how it would be received and the reaction from people has been so positive. It makes me feel very good!
What can we expect at a Leigh Nash concert?
People say I’m really funny. I don’t know, maybe I am sometimes. I use my hands a lot when I sing and talk. I love to sing for people, it makes me feel whole.
What is your favorite song on the album and why?
”Just A Little”. It’s about the first time I had to be away from my son overnight.
Where do you do most of your song writing, and what process do you take in writing a song?
I do it in our backyard studio. I wrote a lot of this record with other people, so it’d happen at different houses and then I’d take things home and work on them alone. I prefer to work alone.
How has your life changed since you parted ways with Sixpence None the Richer?
A lot has changed and continues to. I guess it’s just this period in my life. I think it’s positive. It feels like I’m stepping into my own skin.
What kind of music would you love to write, but haven’t yet?
Country songs in Spanish!
What song do you wish you had written?
Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat”.
Do you have a new project in the works?
I just completed a Christmas EP, Wishing for This. That’ll be it for at least a few months :)
In your opinion, how does Blue on Blue compare to a Sixpence album?
It’s just more me. More of my melodies and lyrics than you ever heard in Sixpence.
What do you hope people will come away with when they listen to Blue on Blue?
I want them to want to hear more. I want it to be a record you put on when you want to relax.
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would you pick and why?
I’d love to hang out with Billy Graham. He’s amazing and I have lots of questions about life for him.
Have you ever had any unusual or embarrassing moments while you were performing on stage?
I fell off a stage in Ohio once and sprained several things.
What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
I’m funny, and I burp a lot.
How does your faith come into play in your writing and performing?
It’s the way I see the world. Whatever I write about is colored by my faith in God.
What are three items always found in your refrigerator?
Mustard, Ketsup and cheese
What book are you reading now?
Operating Instructions by Ann Lamott.
What’s currently in your iPod?
Sarah McLachlan’s Wintersong.
Is there anything you do to beat stress and keep yourself in shape while you’re on the road?
I walk a lot very fast.
You’re in line Starbucks. What are you ordering?
Tall Chai Latte.
Anything else you’d like to share with TitleTrakk.com readers?
Thanks for reading this!
Tracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.