The flame haired jazz pop princess is returning to stages next February and it’s exactly what we all need after this whirlwind that has been 2017. If just merely hearing her name isn’t enough to convince you, we’ve put together a list of reasons that will persuade you to climb on board the Paloma Faith train immediately…
Faith has never fallen in line with your typical chart hits, always choosing to craft her own, signature style of music. It's unconventional, eccentric, a sublime combination of jazz and pop. And she doesn't ever confine herself one kind of song. Throughout her discography you can hear everything from upbeat songs that just make you want to dance, to slow, quiet pieces that can stur up emotions inside of you that had been long dormant...
I remember when I first heard ‘Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?’ back in 2009, and I was immediately floored. Her voice was like nothing I’d heard before, and was so beguiling it was like I was hypnotised. Some people are just born to sing, and we are blessed that she found her calling in music!
Although some nay-sayers may argue that all artists sound good when recorded, the strength and vocal quality of Paloma Faith singing live is indisputable.
Not only can Faith sing, but she can act. In 2007, she was cast as Andrea in ‘St Trinian’s’, and she has appeared alongside Tom Waits in ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’. In 2015 she portrayed Tinker Bell in the TV film ‘Peter & Wendy’ – a role truly made for her.
But what does that have to do with live music I hear you cry? Musicians can sometimes lack the stage presence, the bravado, that is necessary to command an audience, but Faith’s training in acting has turned her into an unstoppable force, able to let loose and relax yet remain in charge of her stage.
Before setting out to write songs for her fourth album, Faith promised herself that not a single line written would be about love. Motherhood and the socio-political state of the world spurred her on to look outside of herself for each song, taking on the perspectives of other people to observe why they’re suffering.
The first single so far, ‘Crybaby’, is one discussing the toxic masculinity endorsed by society, wondering what would happen to the world if men were allowed to deal with their emotions.
Despite her national fame and all-out success, Faith has stayed modest, leaving her place as Judge on The Voice UK because she felt it was not her place to judge others. She’s also turned down offers to compete on shows like Eurovision, saying that competition is now why she pursues her art form. Staying humble in your craft allows you to continue growing as an artist, keep improving each time, and Faith has done just that with each release of her career.