Three years after the demise of Sixpence None The Richer, the angelic vocals of
Leigh Nash return on her flagship solo project Blue On Blue. Leigh paused from
her busy schedule promoting the release to answer a few questions for Jesusfreakhideout.com.
This interview took place on: August 29, 2006
Jesus freak Hideout: For starters, how did the solo project come about? When Sixpence ended, was this something you knew right away you wanted to do? Or did it take some time to warm up to the idea of venturing out on your own?
Leigh Nash: I was pretty sure I'd still want to make music in some capacity.
I just wanted to give it some space of course and focus on my new
baby. After about 9 months, I felt inspired and ready to start
working again. I started slow and really enjoyed the process.
JFH: To record, you temporarily relocated to Canada and worked with producer Pierre Marchand. What was this experience like?
Pierre is an amazing person and producer. It was an honor to work
with him! He did a beautiful job! Canada was beautiful too. We loved
the land up there and rented a house by a lake for the 2 months I
was working. It was wonderful!
JFH: How did Pierre's production touches shape your songs?
He was really happy with the songs as they were for the most part,
so there was little restructuring... he did however so tastefully
layer the instruments and was careful that everything was tasteful
and not overdone.
JFH: What experiences influence you most in writing your songs?
Life inspires me all the time. The good and the bad!
JFH: How has your more recent motherhood (recent, as in since the end of Sixpence) affected your songwriting?
The love I feel for him has inspired many songs... I can't get
over the emotions that parenthood invokes!
JFH: Can you tell the story behind the song "Along the Wall?"
That was the first song that I wrote with Pierre. I had never met
him before and flew up with my mother and son two years ago this
month. I instantly liked him and it felt easy working with him. I
expected to be intimidated, but was not at all. The song came about
over a couple of days of working when the inspiration hit us. He
plays the piano beautifully and when he began to play that melody,
we both felt very excited about the song.
JFH: How about "Nervous In the Light Of Dawn?"
"Nervous in the Light of Dawn" was written by myself, Billy
Steinburg, Rick Nowles and Matt Slocum. That's a lot of people on
one song I know! This song was written when the band was still
together, I wanted it to go on Divine Discontent but was fought on
that. So when it came time to write I remembered this song
immediately and claimed it! Billy Steinburg wrote the lyrics. I
think they're stunning!
JFH: Why the title Blue On Blue?
Leigh: Blue on Blue was what I came up with after sitting at the
computer and writing a stream of consciousness. When I was done I
looked at what I had written and thought "Blue on Blue" sounded pretty!
JFH: What song is most meaningful to you on "Blue On Blue" and why?
Leigh: "Just A Little" because I wrote it about the first night I spent
away from my son. He was one. It was very hard for me (as I'm sure it
is for most mothers), so this song I feel describes how I felt very
well. I'm glad Henry will have that song later and know what a sap I
am for him!
JFH: You recently teamed up with Jars Of Clay to record
"Mirrors & Smoke" for the band's new album Good Monsters. The song has a distinctly different sound than anything you've ever done before. What was that experience like?
Leigh: I grew up listening to country and this song definitely has a
country sound, I loved it! I love singing with Dan too, so it was a
win win situation!
JFH: Is there anyone in music you've yet to work with who you'd love to work with some day?
Leigh: Willie Nelson!
Leigh Nash's debut solo album Blue On Blue is available in stores now!