English singer, songwriter and actress Paloma Faith was born 21 July 1981 in Hackney, As a child, she was encouraged to dance by her mother and took weekly ballet classes in Dalston. After completing her A-levels at City and Islington College she went on to study for a degree in contemporary dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, working as a hip hop dancer at popular clubnight LoveDough. She then studied for an MA in theatre directing at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, funding herself by working in various part-time jobs, including sales assistant at Agent Provocateur, singer in a burlesque cabaret, a bartender, a life model and a magician’s assistant.
Faith’s first foray into music began when she mimicked famous soul and jazz singers including Etta James and Billie Holiday, whom she admired and cites as influences She met her managers Jamie Binns and Christian Wåhlberg of Lateral Management in 2007. Binns met up with Faith shortly afterwards and was “completely blown away”. During her time at college Faith worked in a pub where the manager Dr Vishaal Goel asked her to front his band, which they later called ‘Paloma and the Penetrators”. And was discovered by an A&R man from Epic Records, who invited her to sing for the manager of the label. Following this Epic A&R Joanna Charrington regularly checked Faith’s MySpace page “to see if she had something that had a special direction or sound. After several months her attention was eventually piqued by “Broken Doll”. which she thought was a well-crafted song with a “fantastic chorus and brilliant lyrics.” On Charrington’s advice Epic managing director Nick Raphael to give Paloma Faith a recording contract She was given an opportunity to join Amy Winehouse’s band, but began to write and perform her own songs instead. Her 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. Faith’s music is influenced by soul and jazz and her singing style has been compared favourably to those of Amy Winehouse and Duffy.
In2009 Faith released the singles, “Stone Cold Sober” and, “New York”, Plus her debut album, Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, for which she wrote or co-wrote all of the songs which remained in the chart for sixteen weeks and becoming BBC Radio 2’s ‘Album of the Week’. In 2009 Faith appeared as a guest vocalist on Basement Jaxx’s Scars album and on American hip-hop artist MF Doom’s album, Born Like This She released her third single, the album’s title track, “Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?” and In 2010 she released, “Upside Down”. She also performed a live set for the BBC’s Radio 2 Introduces… and gave an interview to the station’s host, Dermot O’Leary. She also appeared on current events programme This Week discussing her views on the British education system with Michael Portillo. And as a guest on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, she also performed the song “Upside Down” on The Hollyoaks Music Show and sang her single “New York” on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. She also appeared on the BBC’s Later with Jools Holland, and his live Hootenanny. Faith also performed at numerous festivals throughout that summer, including T4 on the Beach. “Stone Cold Sober” was used as the backing track for a Rimmel commercial starring Lily Cole and the B-side, “I Just Wait”, was used in the NHS’ ‘Alcohol: Know Your Limits’ advert in 2008. her “Technicolour” song. Was used for another advert
She was involved in A competition with BBC Blast in November 2009, giving teenagers the chance to work alongside leading artists, photographers and music industry professionals to design new album artwork. Then In 2010 Faith, along with Adam Deacon and Bashy, recorded the song “Keep Moving”, for the film 220.127.116.11. She also performed at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival with the Guy Barker Orchestra which was broadcast on BBC Radio 2. Faith also re-release an updated version of “New York” featuring rapper Ghostface Killah. following an appearance at the 2010 iTunes Festival Faith released a live EP album together with her new single “Smoke & Mirrors” In 2011 Faith was nominated for “British Female Solo Artist” at the 2011 BRIT Awards where she performed “Forget You” alongside Cee Lo Green. She appeared on the charity single “Hard Times” alongside Plan B and Elton John and also recorded the song “Desire” with Graham Coxon and Bill Ryder-Jones for a Converse campaign. In 2012 Faith was named as Artist in Residence for the 2012 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.
Paloma Faith’s second album Fall to Grace was released in 2012 featuring the song “Picking Up the Pieces”. It was Inspired by Tom Waits, Rufus Wainwright and Ed Harcourt and was a personal record about a period of her life. Paloma Faith then joined The Voice UK as one of four guest mentors Working with Danny O’Donoghue. She also performed “Picking Up the Pieces” during the fourth results show and performed “Just Be”, on Later… with Jools Holland. In 2012 she recorded a video for the Out4Marriage campaign, which supports the legalisation of same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Faith released the song “30 Minute Love Affair” and recorded a version of INXS’s “Never Tear Us Apart” for a John Lewis advertisement. Fall to Grace was certified Platinum in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry. Faith then released “Just Be” And received two nominations at the 2013 BRIT Awards; for Best Female and for Best British Album for Fall to Grace.
In 2013 Paloma Faith headlined the Evolution Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne alongside The Vaccines, Jake Bugg, AlunaGeorge and Bastille. Paloma Faith’s third album A Perfect Contradiction was released in 2014. Containing the songs “Can’t Rely on You” produced by Pharrell Williams,”Only Love Can Hurt Like This”,”Trouble with My Baby”. The song “Changing”, by drum and bass duo “Sigma” features vocals from Faith. A repackaged version of the album entitled “A Perfect Contradiction Outsider’s Edition” was released 2014, featuring four new songs. “Ready for the Good Life” and “Take Me”. Faith also joined the charity group Band Aid 30 along with other British and Irish pop acts, recording the latest version of the track “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” At the 2015 Brit Awards on 25 February 2015, she won British Female Solo Artist, becoming her first win after being nominated for an Brit Award three times previously. In June 2015, she performed a cover of “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix at the Glastonbury Festival. Faith also performed at the Gibraltar Music Festival in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. Faith was also selected as the recording artist for the 2015 Rugby World Cup anthem “World in Union”. In 2016 Paloma Faith announced she was pregnant and that Her fourth album “The Architect” will be released in 2017.
She has also worked on television. In 2007 Faith appeared in an episode of the BBC police drama HolbyBlue portraying a thief. She was also cast as Andrea in St Trinian’s in 2007. Faith was also cast in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus as Sally, the girlfriend of the Devil (played by Tom Waits) in 2009.She also appeared in the horror film Dread as Clara Thornhill. She later starred in the Channel 4’s series Coming Up and the short film A Nice Touch. she also appeared as cabaret performer Georgia, in a television adaptation of P. G. Wodehouse’s Blandings (episode “The Crime Wave at Blandings”). In 2015 she appeared as herself in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.In 2015 Faith appeared as Tinker Bell in the TV movie “Peter & Wendy”, based on J.M. Barrie’s novel “Peter Pan”.