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    Paloma Faith

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    Paloma Faith (born Paloma Faith Blomfield; 21 July 1985) 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 Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. Her debut album stayed within the top 40 album charts for over forty weeks. The album has spawned five singles: "Stone Cold Sober", "New York", title track "Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?", "Upside Down" and "Smoke & Mirrors". Faith has also recorded the theme song to the 2010 British film and appeared on the charity record, "I Put a Spell on You". Faith made her feature film debut in the 2007 remake of St Trinian's. She has since appeared in two more feature films, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Dread. In March 2010, Faith revealed that she is working on a second album.

    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]

    Music career

    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 for her own work.[3][6]
    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] Epic A&R Joanna Charrington told HitQuarters "When she played a showcase for us it was clear that she was a star but the material was a bit generic. She didn't have the hit songs."[7] Not being one hundred percent convinced the label executives decided to wait. During this time Charrington regularly checked Faith's Myspace page "to see if she had something that had a special direction or sound."[7] 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."[7] Charrington told Epic managing director Nick Raphael "I think we should get this girl back in. She sounds like she is getting it now. We can help her get the songs."[7] Faith revealed in an interview that the manager called her 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.[8]
    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.[9]
    [edit]Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? (2009–present)

    Faith during her debut tour

    Faith released her debut single, "Stone Cold Sober", in mid-2009, where it reached Nº17 on the UK Singles Chart.[10] Faith's second single, "New York" was released in September 2009.[11] The song made its peak position in early October, peaking at Nº15 on the UK Singles Chart.[12] Faith's debut album, Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, was later released on 28 September 2009.[13] Faith wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the album in the UK, Sweden and America and recorded it entirely in London.[14] It debuted at Nº14 on the UK Albums Chart and later peaked at Nº9, it remained in the chart for sixteen weeks.[15] The album became BBC Radio 2's 'Album of the Week' from the 19 September 2009.[13] Her music is influenced by soul and jazz and her singing style has been compared favourably to those of Amy Winehouse and Duffy.[16][17] 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.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20] In March 2010, Faith released her fourth single, "Upside Down", which 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.[21] On 4 November 2009, Faith announced her first headlining tour of the UK and Ireland starting on 17 March 2010.[5][22]

    Faith performing at T4 Stars of 2009

    The Times gave it five stars and said "Do you want the truth or something beautiful? 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".[23]
    On the 22 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,[24] 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.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27]
    During an interview in March 2010, Faith revealed that she is working on a second album.[28] She added that if she continues to make losses for her record label they will drop her.[28] Faith, along with Adam Deacon and Bashy, recorded the theme song to the 2010 British film The track, titled "Keep Moving", was released on 28 May 2010.[29] In June 2010, it was announced that Faith would re-release an updated version of "New York" featuring rapper Ghostface Killah.[30] The single was released on 1 August 2010.[30] Faith released a live EP album following an appearance at the 2010 iTunes Festival. The album charted at number 11 on the iTunes top 200 albums.[31] Faith revealed in a September interview that she would be releasing her new single "Smoke & Mirrors" in October 2010.[32] The track is her final single from her debut album and its video was uploaded to YouTube.[32] In January 2011, Faith was nominated for "British Female Solo Artist" at the 2011 BRIT Awards.[33]

    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 HolbyBlue, and in the same year Faith made her feature film acting debut as Andrea in St Trinian's.[26][34] In 2009, Faith appeared in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus as Sally, the girlfriend of the Devil (played by Tom Waits).[26] 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] In August 2010, Faith appeared in Channel 4's series Coming Up.[35]

    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.[2] As of January 2010, Faith is in a relationship.[2]

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