Paloma Faith (born Paloma Faith Blomfield; 21 July 1981) is an English singer-songwriter and actress, known for her unique, retro and eccentric style. In 2009, she released her debut album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, which was certified double Platinum in the United Kingdom.
The album spawned two top 20 hits in the UK: “Stone Cold Sober” and “New York“. In May 2012, Faith released her second studio album, Fall to Grace, which reached number two on the UK Albums Chart and has since been certified double-platinum in the UK. The first single, “Picking Up the Pieces“, became Faith’s highest charting single to date and first top ten in the UK.
Faith is set to release her third album, A Perfect Contradiction in March 2014. In 2011, Faith was nominated for “British Female Solo Artist” at the BRIT Awards. In 2013, Faith received two nominations for “Best Female” and “Best British Album” at the BRIT Awards. Faith has also made feature film appearances in the 2007 remake St Trinian’s, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Dread.
In January 2013, Paloma revealed that she was beginning to write her third studio album during her time in the United States, intending to work on it while in New York City. In February it was announced that Faith would be headlining the Evolution Festival, UK in Newcastle upon Tyne on Monday 27 May 2013 with The Vaccines headlining the day before.
Other acts performing before Faith included Jake Bugg, AlunaGeorge and Bastille. In January 2014, Paloma’s official website updated to feature a short film which Paloma narrates in Italian, before ending and providing a link to a pre-order on Amazon.co.uk scheduled for 10 March 2014.
The title of the album was later revealed to be A Perfect Contradictionand will be preceded by the single, “Can’t Rely on You“, produced by Pharrell Williams. Lead single ‘Can’t Rely on You’ debuted at 10 on the UK Official Charts.
In 2007, she appeared in an episode of the BBC police drama HolbyBlue portraying a thief. Paloma 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. Of getting the part, she stated “I don’t think they even knew I was an actress. I went to an audition and they said that they liked my interpretation of the character and I said, ‘I’m just being myself’.”
Faith was briefly married to New Zealand chef Rian Haynes in 2005. They split after eight months and were divorced four years later. Faith has been accused of age fabricationafter claiming early in her career to being born in 1985.
She later admitted to having been born in 1981 after her birth certificate was revealed online. In 2011, a portrait of Faith was painted by British artist Joe Simpson, the painting was exhibited around the UK including a solo exhibition at The Royal Albert Hall.
The single, available for purchase from 23 February 2014, serves as the lead single from her third studio album A Perfect Contradiction, which is due for release in early March.
It has received some radio airplay, and during the last week in January it joined BBC Radio 6 Music‘s rotation list on the ‘B’ list. She also performed it on The Graham Norton Show in her native Britain on 14th February 2014.
For her third studio album, Faith wanted to produce a more upbeat album, returning to her soul-girl roots. In May 2013, Faith met Pharrell Williams at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Met Ball in New York City, when Williams approached Faith singing her song, “New York“.
He then took her phone, entered his contact number and told her, “I’m ready to work.” The pair went on to later write and record “Can’t Rely on You” together in Miami.
“Can’t Rely on You” is a funk-soul track, featuring looped funk beats and growly vocals. The single was produced by Pharrell Williams and mixes the trademark beats of Williams with the distinctive soulful vocals of Faith, bringing a grooving backdrop to the singer’s soulful rebuke.
Alex Kapranos, lead singer of the band Franz Ferdinand, has accused the song of plagiarizing the Franz Ferdinand song “Take Me Out“. He has since retracted his statement and doesn’t think Pharrell stole the “Take Me Out” riff.
The music video contrasts the retro flavour of the song with lushly anachronistic visuals. Faith is seen in a variety of guises with several different men, each considered unreliable. A series of melancholy Italian voice-overs narrate the clips, the first of which sees Faith lingerie-clad, stroking a bare-chested man in bed with the spoken Italian stating: “Everybody leaves.
People come and go. Don’t worry. Love is loss and loss in love. The space that was you will be filled. Your lines will be read by someone else. They just might not sound as good. But when the curtain rises, I’ll be standing there facing the crowd.” The video ends with the words (again, in Italian): “This is just a beginning.”
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