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Paloma Faith Biography

Last updated: 02/22/2010

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…

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.

You can see it at any Paloma Faith live event. The audience dress up and already know the words to all the songs, even though most of the songs won’t make it to CD until the autumn. 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.

Here is where the Paloma Faith story really begins…

“With huge ‘Don’t Kill Bambi’ eyes and Beat-Girl insouciance issuing from Betty Page lips, Paloma Faith is a born performer”. i-D magazine

“My early performances were David Lynch meets William Blake at the circus”. Paloma Faith

“There are a lot of new pop girls waiting in the wings, but this one’s success seems assured”. The Guardian

“Keep your ears open for Paloma Faith. Her debut single “Stone Cold Sober” is magnificent. She is going to be big”.