Saturday, July 15, 2006

Leigh Nash's Charming Audiences with Her Ethereal Voice.

Leigh Nash grew up in the southern Texas town of New Braunfels, not too far from San Antonio. Two years ago Leigh bottomed out after finding herself face to face with the dark underbelly of the protestant work ethic when giving and giving didn't equal getting what she always imagined.

Sixpence None the Richer, the band she had been a member of for nearly half of her life, thirteen years all told, was contemplating calling it quits. Leigh and high school mate, Matt Slocum, had formed the group as teenagers, touring in sedans and cramped vans, slowly building a career.

In spite of the colossal success the band enjoyed with ubiquitous pop singles like Kiss Me and There She Goes, the group was continually plagued by the business woes of the trade and finally decided to split ways amicably. Disoriented by this major change, Leigh and her husband left their Nashville home of ten years and moved to Los Angeles.

It was a major life change for Leigh who had been with Sixpence since she was fourteen. Age 27 at the time and not knowing what else to do, Leigh started writing songs, while seated on her back porch over an Easter weekend.

While in Los Angeles, Leigh penned a batch of songs that would eventually comprise her first solo record,
Blue on Blue
, a sweetly understated collection of musings on love and motherhood due out August 15th 2006 on One Son Records, Leigh's own imprint label through Nettwerk Productions.

Alway wanting to do a record on her own, if the band were to break up, Leigh finally had the opportunity to do so, recalls Leigh.

A few months after Sixpence None the Richer parted ways, Leigh welcomed her son, Henry, into the world, along with a new sense of creative vitality. Leigh explained that her songs were not intentionally centered on any one concept, but admited her new-found maternity was a source of inspiration.

Motherhood came pretty fast, causing her to start writing much about Henry. With a bushel of songs in tow, Leigh set up shop with Canadian producer Pierre Marchand (Sarah McLachlan, Rufus Wainwright) last winter at his barn in Milles Isle an hour outside of Montreal. Recording there with a slew of Montreal-area musicians, Leigh felt the auspices of home without the soreness of Sixpence's split. Marchand and Leigh co-wrote two songs, album opener, All Along the Wall and Between the Lines. Marchand's lush, warm production gives Leigh's songs an earthy luster that carefully cushions her sweet, lilting voice.

In the meantime, Leigh moved back to Music City and into a new community of musicians a recently formed rock collective called Movement Nashville. The group hopes to dispel the myth that musically Nashville is limited to Country or Christian.

Leigh has two distinct poles of inspiration:
  1. her work with Sixpence in the Christian music sphere and

  2. her childhood fascination with older female country artists like Tanya Tucker, Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. In many ways Blue on Blue emanates squarely between those two regions without being pulled down by any of the inbred trappings of the genres. Leigh's faith informs her songwriting in equal measure as her affinity for country music.

Leigh started singing country music and learning old country songs on the guitar when she was twelve. Although extremely shy, but with the desire to get on stage, Leigh started calling clubs herself to ask if she could come down and sing.

Before long, the adolescent Leigh was singing Loretta Lynn's and Tanya Tucker's songs like "You Aint Woman Enough to Take My Man" and "Texas When I Die" on alcohol-free, open mike Sunday nights, and backed by a middle-aged band of town locals. In spite of her country allure, Leigh never developed an accent, and later in life her interest in pop acts like The Sundays, Innocence Mission, and The Cranberries provided more formative material for her songwriting and singing.

Blue on Blue
, Leigh's croon possesses an unadorned glisten, a sensibility that is simultaneously natural and ethereal. On the album-closing ballad, Just a Little, Leigh's voice floats through an earnest tribute to her son, Henry, while on the epic, Ocean Size Love, her voice soars and shimmers over the Coldplay-sized, piano-driven song.

My Idea of Heaven radiates a child-like simplicity with Leigh's pop awareness guided by a lyrical unfussiness and bright guitar hooks. While Nervous in the Light begins as a tender confession of love and life's fleetingness, it builds into a strong, heartfelt petition for direction, continually held together through Leigh's impassioned but effortless vocals.

With Sixpence behind her and a two-year-old son along for the ride, Leigh is prepped to return to music even though she never really left. Now perhaps a bit more career-conscious and business-weary, Leigh reveals that tired edge without losing her dainty charm. Because of this, Blue on Blue is not just a carefree jog through the present, but a vividly felt exercise wholly informed by the past. In the end, it's bliss.

Leigh Nash's debut solo album,
Blue on Blue in stores August 15th, 2006!

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Can Your Child Handle An Xtreme Camp Experience?

If you've got a craving for rowdy music, hyper-sports-activity, crazy events, and radical love that challenges your faith to grow, then you need the Xtreme camp experience of Camp on the Rock!

Camp on the Rock in Allison, Iowa is called to be an extension of Christ’s church serving together as one body to bring people of all ages to a better relationship with Jesus Christ.

The week-long rush is primed and ready for your child!

Join Camp on Rock July 30th through August 4th, 2006!

Don't just eat their dust!

Be There!

Click here to register or contact the camp at:

Camp on the Rock
Box 104
Allison, Iowa 50602
Telephone: 641-430-7041

Check out their Camp on the Rock Video

Monday, July 10, 2006

Say Hello! to Amy Hagberg, a New Christian Author!

After over 20 years as a corporate executive in the worlds of sales and marketing, Amy hung up her suits to fulfill her life-long dream of writing. Since making that bold leap of faith, Amy's award-winning work has been featured in numerous publications including HomeLife, Living With Teenagers, Christian Singles, Relevant, Radiant, Campus Life, Sports Spectrum, DisciplesWorld, Living Light News and many others. Her first book, How Do You Know He’s Real: Celebrity Reflections on True Life Experiences with God, is being translated into Indonesian!

A ghostwriter and creator of marketing materials for various clients, Amy also pens a monthly entertainment Q&A on .

The author of the How Do You Know He’s Real? inspirational book series, her first book in the collection was released by Destiny Image Publishers in April 2006. It contains 34 real-life stories of well known sports, film, TV and music personalities, and their personal relationships with Christ.

Amy just received the cover art for her second book in the series. The title is going to be How Do You Know He's Real: God Unplugged and features extreme athletes and rock bands. It will be available in November. This second book in the series is geared more towards teens and young adults and will be released in November 2006. To see the list of participants, go to her website at:

In October, Amy will also be releasing another book with Integrity Publishers called My Favorite Christmas. It will feature favorite Christmas memories of dozens of famous athletes, entertainers, and communicators. A sought-after speaker, Amy shares her insights on living a fulfilled life in today’s hectic and fragmented world.

A life-long resident of Minnesota (ask her how she feels about that in January), Amy now lives in a lakeside log home in the woods of Buffalo with her husband of 21 years and their two teenage children.

Amy has been getting some good press lately. Take a look at what they had to say at:
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