Paloma Faith

Be prepared for all your senses to be touched. I fly sometimes, sometimes I land with a thud. I am never what you think as I am multiple. Sometimes what isn’t said is more powerful than what is. I hope to grow and surprise you with what you least expect but realise that predictability is not a negative thing. The mundane can be beautiful. So can the extraordinary…

Faith was born in Hackney, London to a Spanish father and an English mother who divorced when she was four years old, and was brought up by her mother in Stoke Newington. She completed a BA at Leeds University in Contemporary Dance before studying for an MA in Drama at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design; funding her studies through working part-time selling lingerie at Agent Provocateur. She is an ex-magician’s assistant, trained contemporary dancer, and performer in burlesque dancing with experience as an actress. She recently introduced music into the equation, at first mimicking the blues and soul singers she admired, but eventually found her own voice.

Faith cites Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald as amongst her influences. Faith has been mixing artistic media throughout her adult life. Her sound has been likened to that of the Brit School embodying the style of Amy Winehouse and Katie Melua. Though she didn't train at Brit School, Faith came into contact with Winehouse when she turned down a place in her backing band. Her songs echo "the same soul and heartbreak" of Winehouse.

The inexorable rise of Paloma Faith took a sudden vault forward recently with the news that her debut single “Stone Cold Sober” had been brought forward a month because UK radio had leapt on it with such fervour that they quite literally couldn’t be stopped from playing it.

Originally scheduled for release in July, the single’s new release date of June 15 reflected the fact that we have a major new star in our midst, one who will help confound our expectations of what being a pop star in our celebrity obsessed culture has to involve.

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