The inexorable rise of PALOMA FAITH has been an unstoppable force of 2009. Her debut album, “Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful” charted at no. 9 following amazing TV appearances on Jonathan Ross and Later with the album going Gold in the UK.
You can see it at any Paloma Faith live event. The audience dress up and know the words to all the songs – enjoying every moment of Paloma’s theatrical performance. The stage is immaculately dressed by Paloma to reflect her highly tuned visual sensibility. She might emerge sporting a huge feather plume, a variation on the showgirl, but one who takes her influences from a vast knowledge of film and theatrical culture. An acute sense of dynamic and drama punctuate the show, enhancing songs that draw on musical influences as diverse as Billie Holiday, Etta James, P J Harvey and Edith Piaf. Yet this is no arcane performance – this is something that could easily touch huge crowds in stadiums, so universal are the songs.
Born in Hackney, London, Paloma Faith is half Spanish and half British. As an ex magician’s assistant, trained contemporary dancer, St Martin’s alumni with an MA in theatre direction, a performer in burlesque shows, and an actress, Paloma has been mixing artistic media throughout her short adult life. A few years ago she introduced music, her primary love, into the equation, at first mimicking the blues and soul singers she so admired, but eventually finding her own voice.
She is also a brilliant DJ who dons her custom made stiletto head phones and plays a mixture of 40’s – 90’s RnB and throws in a couple of commercial anthems to boot, she knows how to work the crowd!