Matt Slocum

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Matt Slocum
Slocum performing in Jakarta in June 2013
Slocum performing in Jakarta in June 2013
Background information
Birth nameMatt Slocum
Born (1972-12-27) December 27, 1972 (age 51)
Bristol, Rhode Island, U.S.[1]
GenresPop rock, soft rock, adult album alternative, country
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
Instrument(s)guitars, bass, cello, piano
Years active1991–present

Matt Slocum (born 27 December 1972) is a guitarist, cellist, pianist and composer, known for his work as the principal songwriter and lead guitarist of Sixpence None the Richer.[2]


Born in Rhode Island to Joseph and Hildegard Slocum, his family moved to New Braunfels, Texas, when he was eight months old, and opened a book store.[3] In 1991, while a senior at New Braunfels High School,[4] Slocum played guitar with Chris Taylor on a garage-band tape release called A Place to Hide Away (Part 1). He was a member of Love Coma, a Christian rock band, and in the early 1990s he met vocalist Leigh Bingham Nash while attending the same church in New Braunfels, Texas. Slocum and Leigh formed Sixpence None the Richer; he and Nash are the band's only constant members. He co-wrote, with Nash, the song "Nervous In the Light of Dawn" for Nash's debut solo album Blue on Blue.[citation needed] In 2006, Slocum toured with the band The Choir, playing bass. He has also played guitar with Over the Rhine, and played bass in the band the Astronaut Pushers.[5]

Slocum played cello on Viva Voce's first album, Hooray for Now. As studio guitarist and cellist, he has recorded on albums by artists Julie Miller, Plumb, Wes King, Switchfoot, Hammock, Lost Dogs, The Choir, Dividing the Plunder, Threefold, and Brooke Waggoner. He also appeared as cellist on the Chris Rice DVD Inside Out.[citation needed]

In 2023, Slocum and Nash joined 10,000 Maniacs.[6]



  1. ^ New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, August 30, 6C,
  2. ^ "Kissing up the charts". SPIN: 54. June 1999. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
  3. ^ New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, August 30, 1973, 6C,
  4. ^ 1990-1991 New Braunfels High School Yearbook
  5. ^ "Astronaut Pushers EP". January 2011. Retrieved 2023-12-12.
  6. ^ Zabrodsky, Michael (2023-09-16). "10,000 Maniacs Add New Singer, Guitarist; To Perform At JCC". Top Stories. The Post-Journal.