She’s outspoken, a fashion chameleon, a petite power-packed vocalist and now…soul-baring songwriter. But Paloma Faith’s theatrical glitz and glam isn’t going anywhere. It’s a part of her, just like the emotion that inspired the songwriting on her latest studio effort.
Born in London, Faith has been making serious waves on the UK music and fashion scene since 2009. Her commanding stage presence and penchant for flamboyant costumes have made her performances legendary. Says Faith, “A lot of people write songs because they want to record them in a studio, they want to put their feelings out there….I write songs so I can perform them.”
Fall to Grace has all the panache that her fans have come to love and expect, but is more varied and introspective than her earlier albums. From the disco-throbbing anthem “Blood, Sweat and Tears” to the heartfelt lead single “Picking Up The Pieces,” we start to see what makes her tick.
“At the beginning I wanted to do something that was more of a performance, and I still have that element because it is part of me,” she explains. “But I feel like where I’ve been most successful is when I’ve just relaxed and been myself. I feel totally, wholeheartedly behind this album. I feel like it belongs to me and I belong to it.”
Indeed, Fall to Grace is somewhat of a soundtrack to her life. The song “30 Minute Love Affair” recounts the true experience of an encounter with a street musician when she was 14. And “Just Be” illustrates the kind of love that exists between real lovers – “It’s saying, ‘He gets on my nerves, but I love him.’ This is a more knowing take on romance,” says Faith.
Now, poised to conquer the U.S. with an upcoming tour, Paloma Faith is digging deep and coming up with more than just frothy entertainment. “I’m taking bad things that have happened and letting them turn me into a more complete person….when anything bad happens to you in life, you always lose a bit of yourself, but then you heal over….even though you’ve lost something, you become stronger.”
She’s put this into practice with stronger songs, stronger vocals, stronger stage presence. This next chapter of Paloma Faith’s musical journey is going to be really, really fun.