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Paloma Faith (born Paloma Faith Blomfield; 21 July 1981) is a British singer-songwriter and actress.

In 2009, she released her debut single "Stone Cold Sober", then her debut album, Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, which was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry. The album has spawned three singles: "Stone Cold Sober", " New York", and the title track " Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?". The fourth official single, entitled "Upside Down", was released in the UK on March 15, 2010. [1]

Early life

Faith was born in Hackney, London to a Spanish father and an English mother who split up when Faith was two years old.[2] Faith was raised by her mother in Stoke Newington.[3] As a child, Faith was encouraged to dance by her mother and she took weekly ballet classes in Dalston.[2]

After completing her A-Levels, Faith went on to study for a degree in contemporary dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance[4], which Faith describes as "the worst experience of [her] life".[2] Faith then went on to study for an MA in theatre directing at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design[5], funding her studies by working various part-time jobs, which included; a sales assistant at Agent Provocateur, a singer in a burlesque cabaret, a life model and a magician’s assistant.[3][5] During this period, she made a number of appearances as assistant to magician Stephen Mulhern on his CITV programme The Quick Trick Show, taking part in a number of different illusions.

Music career

Faith's first foray into music began when she mimicked famous soul singers including Etta James and Billie Holiday, whom she admired and cites as influences for her own work.[6][3]

During her time at college, Faith worked in a pub where the manager asked her to front his band, which they later called 'Paloma and the Penetrators'.[2] During a performance with the band at a cabaret show, Faith was scouted by an A&R man from Epic Records, who invited Faith to sing for the manager of the label.[2] Twenty minutes into the audition, Faith asked the manager to turn his phone off and when he refused she walked out.[2] Nine months later, the manager called Faith and offered her a contract saying he had seen many acts since and none had been as memorable as her.[2] Faith turned down an opportunity to join Amy Winehouse's band and she began to write and perform her own songs.[7]

Faith's first recognised work was the song "It's Christmas (And I Hate You)", which she recorded as a duet with singer-songwriter, Josh Weller in 2008.[8]


Faith released her debut single, "Stone Cold Sober", in mid-2009, where it reached Nº17 on the UK Singles Chart.[9] Faith's second single, New York was released in September 2009.[10] The song made its peak position in early October, peaking at Nº15 on the UK Singles Chart.[11] Faith's debut album, Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, was later released on 28 September 2009.[12] Faith wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the album in the UK, Sweden and America and recorded it entirely in London.[13] It debuted at Nº14 on the UK Albums Chart and later peaked at Nº9, it remained in the chart for sixteen weeks.[14] The album became BBC Radio 2's 'Album of the Week' from the 19 September 2009.[12]

Her music is influenced by soul and jazz and her singing style has been compared favourably to that of Amy Winehouse and Duffy.[15][16] Jools Holland has compared her voice to that of Etta James.

Faith appeared as a guest vocalist on Brixton band Basement Jaxx's 2009 album, Scars.[17] Faith's third single was the album's title track Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, and was released on 21 December 2009.[18] The song did not perform as well as Faith's previous singles and failed to reach the top 20 in the chart. It peaked at Nº64 in January 2010.[19] In March 2010, Faith released her fourth single, Upside Down, which has so far peaked at Nº55 in the UK.

In September 2009, Faith's official website announced her first tour, featuring dates in the UK, Germany and France.[20] On 4 November 2009, Faith announced her first headlining tour of the UK and Ireland starting on 17 March 2010.[21][5] The Times gave it five stars and said "Paloma Faith delivered both in a show that was full of theatrical artifice, but based on the rock-solid foundation of her sensational singing voice and a personality that sparkled like a rough diamond".[22]

On the 22nd October 2009, Faith appeared on current events programme This Week discussing her views on the British education system with Michael Portillo. During this month she also appeared as a guest on Never Mind the Buzzcocks,[23] performed the song "Upside Down" on The Hollyoaks Music Show, and performed her single "New York" on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. She also appeared on the BBC's Later with Jools Holland, recorded on 13 October 2009, and his live Hootenanny on 31 December 2009.

In June 2009, she performed a live set for the BBC's Radio 2 Introduces... and gave an interview to the station's host, Dermot O'Leary.[24]. Faith performed at numerous festivals throughout that summer, including T4 on the Beach.

A song by Faith entitled "I Just Wait", was used as the backing track for a UK television alcohol awareness advert.[25] Her single "Stone Cold Sober" was used as the backing track for a 2009 Rimmel commercial starring Lily Cole.[5] Her song "Technicolour" was featured in Samsung's Corby mobile phone TV commercial.

In November 2009, Faith became involved in an album artwork competition with BBC Blast, in which teenagers won the chance to work alongside leading artists, photographers and music industry professionals to create new Paloma Faith publicity artwork.[26]

Acting career

In 2006, Faith made her primetime television acting debut in the series Mayo. In 2007, Faith appeared in an episode of the BBC police drama Holby Blue and in the same year Faith made her feature film acting debut as Andrea in St Trinian's.[27][25] In 2009, Faith appeared in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus as Sally, the girlfriend of the devil (played by Tom Waits).[25] She also appeared in horror film Dread as Clara Thornhill[5], and in the video for Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip's song, "The Beat That My Heart Skipped".

Faith has said that she was able to attend movie auditions during promotion for her debut album, in the hope that she lands a role once all of her album commitments are over.[6]

Personal life

Faith once lived with Noisettes singer Shingai Shoniwa. She is close friends with photographer Alice Hawkins and comedians Alan Carr and Leigh Francis. Faith is currently in a relationship.[2]


  1. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/music/2854068/Exclusive-first-look-at-Paloma-Faiths-video-for-new-track-Upside-Down.html
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Philby, Charlotte (30 January 2010). "Paloma Faith: From burlesque performer to music's Next Big Thing". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/paloma-faith-from-burlesque-performer-to-musics-next-big-thing-1880914.html. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "The Lives and Loves of Paloma Faith". thisislondon. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/lifestyle/article-23759652-the-lives-and-loves-of-paloma-faith.do. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  4. Jamieson, Teddy (21 September 2009). "Paloma Faith: Style icon, singer, actress". Herald Scotland. http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts-ents/music-features/paloma-faith-style-icon-singer-actress-1.921200. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Paton, Maureen (16 January 2010). "Paloma Faith: Sauce, sorcery and a magical voice". Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-1243216/Paloma-Faith-Sauce-sorcery-magical-voice.html#ixzz0esvVOiiZ. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sathiabalan, S. Indra (29 October 2009). "Paloma Faith says her experiences in life have Enriched her career as a singer". The Sun Daily. http://www.thesundaily.com/article.cfm?id=39554. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  7. "Paloma Faith: Artist Info". HMV. http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=976706. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  8. "The Fuzzy Feeling EP". Amazon.co.uk. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001OF4U2O/ref=dm_ap_alb1. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  9. "Stone Cold Sober Chart positions". Chart Stats. http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=34417. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  10. McAlpine, Fraser (9 September 2009). "Paloma Faith-'New York'". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk.news-channel.org/blogs/chartblog/2009/09/paloma_faith_new_york.shtml. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  11. "New York Chart positions". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 7 October 2009. http://web.archive.org/20091007023946/www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=34538. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 Diver, Mike (16 September 2009). "Paloma Faith Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? Review". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/dzgb. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  13. "Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? album". Amazon.co.uk. http://www.amazon.co.uk/You-Want-Truth-Something-Beautiful/dp/B00292BYO8. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  14. "Album Performance". ACharts.us. http://acharts.us/album/50821. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  15. "Paloma Faith New Single". wearehunted.com. http://wearehunted.com/like/paloma_faith_new_single_announced/3252373/. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  16. "Paloma Faith Artists Details". http://www.o2academyoxford.co.uk/event/8646/paloma-faith-tickets/ArtistsDetails. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  17. Lester, Paul (22 April 2009). "New Band: Paloma Faith (No 532)". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/apr/22/new-band-paloma-faith. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  18. McAlpine, Fraser (23 December 2009). "Paloma Faith-'Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?'". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk.news-channel.org/blogs/chartblog/2009/12/paloma_faith_do_you_want_the_t.shtml. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  19. "Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? Chart Positions". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. http://web.archive.org/web/20131029201639/http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=34699. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  20. "UK and European Tour Dates with Josh Weller". http://www.palomafaith.com/gb/news/article/uk_and_european_tour_dates_with_josh_weller/. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  21. "UK Ireland Tour in March". http://www.palomafaith.com/gb/news/article/uk_ireland_tour_in_march/. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  22. Sinclair, David (31 March 2010). "Paloma Faith at the Empire, W12". The Times. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/live_reviews/article7081533.ece. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  23. "Never Mind the Buzzcocks". http://www.palomafaith.com/gb/blog/entry/nevermind_the_buzzcocks/. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  24. "Paloma Faith at BBC Radio 2". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/events/paloma-faith. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Morgan, Eleanor (12 September 2009). "Paloma Faith Interview". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/sep/12/paloma-faith-interview. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  26. "BBC Blast Portrait Competition". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blast/portraitcompetition. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  27. "Holby Blue Series 1". Red Planet Pictures. http://www.redplanetpictures.co.uk/production.php?details=holbyblue1. Retrieved 2 March 2010.