Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith

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Paloma Faith
Paloma Faith
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A Perfect Contradiction

Paloma Faith released her debut album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? in 2009, featuring the top twenty singles "Stone Cold Sober" and "New York". The album reached number nine in the United Kingdom, and was later certified double-platinum in the country. In 2012, Faith released her second studio album, Fall to Grace, which reached number two in the UK and has since been certified double-platinum. The album produced her first top ten single, "Picking Up the Pieces", and the top twenty cover version of INXS' "Never Tear Us Apart", featured in the 2012 John Lewis advertising campaign. Faith's third album, A Perfect Contradiction was released in 2014 and has become her most successful album to date. The album included the top ten singles "Can't Rely on You" and "Only Love Can Hurt Like This". The latter became Faith's highest-charting single in the UK.

Faith, born July 21st 1981, has received three Brit Award nominations, including British Female Solo Artist and Best British Album, and won one. She has also made feature film appearances in the 2007 remake St Trinian's, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Dread.

In January 2011, Faith was nominated for "British Female Solo Artist" at the 2011 BRIT Awards. At the ceremony, Faith performed "Forget You" alongside Cee Lo Green. Faith appeared on the charity single "Hard Times" alongside Plan B and Elton John. She also recorded the song "Desire" with Graham Coxon and Bill Ryder-Jones for a Converse campaign. During an interview with a Popjustice reporter, Faith revealed that her second album would contain more "agony and suffering" and that she hoped it would be done with one producer for a "solid piece of work." She explained "I love the beautiful side of things like that Tom Waitsy, Rufus Wainwrighty, Ed Harcourt sort of stuff, and in contrast I like all the OutKast production, Gnarls Barkley and 'Beggin' and all that sort of sound. Contemporary but with a nod to the past. But you never know. You might just meet someone and something else would make sense." In July 2011, Faith revealed her frustrations about releasing the follow up to Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?. She did not know when the album was going to be completed and commented that the process was slow. Faith also admitted being signed to a major record label made her feel under pressure to be instantly successful. On 7 February 2012, a writer for the Gloucestershire Echo reported Faith had been named as Artist in Residence for the 2012 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

On 29 February 2012, Faith revealed her second album would be called Fall to Grace and that it would be released by RCA Records on 28 May 2012. Faith enlisted record producers Nellee Hooper and Jake Gosling to work with her on the project. Faith told Dom Gourlay of that Fall to Grace is a personal record about a period of her life. Faith wrote and recorded the album in London. The album peaked at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart. The first single from the album was "Picking Up the Pieces", which was released on 20 May. It debuted at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart, making it Faith's highest charting single to date. On 4 April 2012, Alex Fletcher of Digital Spy reported Faith had joined The Voice UK as one of four guest mentors. Faith worked with coach Danny O'Donoghue during the battle rounds phase of the competition. She also performed "Picking Up the Pieces" during the fourth results show. To promote Fall to Grace, Faith performed "Just Be", a track from the album, on Later... with Jools Holland. In May 2012, Faith recorded a video for the Out4Marriage campaign, a group supporting the legalization of same-sex marriage in England and Wales. The singer stated that she was "proud" to be backing the campaign. In June, Faith announced plans for a headline tour of the UK and Ireland in early 2013.

Paloma Faith
Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith, born Paloma Faith Blomfield, 21 July 1981, is a British singer, songwriter and actress, known for her retro and eccentric style. | Paloma Faith, Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Redhead, Retro, Gloves, Bench,

That same month, it was announced that Faith had been signed to Epic Records in the United States. The label's CEO, L.A. Reid, stated "In an era where authenticity resonates, Paloma is the epitome of soul. It's an honor for Epic Records to be part of her career in the United States." On 4 July, Faith revealed "30 Minute Love Affair" would be the second single released from Fall to Grace. Faith recorded a version of INXS's "Never Tear Us Apart" for a John Lewis advertisement, which began airing on television from 15 September 2012. She later confirmed that the song would be released as her next single. In late 2012, Fall to Grace was certified Platinum in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry. Faith released "Just Be", as the fourth single from the album on 16 December 2012. Paloma Faith received two nominations at the 2013 BRIT Awards; for Best Female and for Best British Album for Fall to Grace.

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 alongside Faith included Jake Bugg, AlunaGeorge and Bastille.

Paloma Faith
Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith, born Paloma Faith Blomfield, 21 July 1981, is a British singer, songwriter and actress, known for her retro and eccentric style. | Paloma Faith, Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Redhead, Shoulders, Hair,

In January 2014, the title of Faith's third album was revealed to be A Perfect Contradiction, which was released in March. The album has become Faith's fastest-selling album to date, currently certified Platinum as of June 2014. The album's lead single, "Can't Rely on You", produced by Pharrell Williams, became Faith's second top ten in the UK. The album's second single, "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" became Faith's most successful single to date, reaching number six in the UK and number one in Australia. The album's third single, "Trouble with My Baby" will be released in August 2014.

In July 2014, British drum and bass duo "Sigma" announced their single "Changing" featuring vocals from Faith; was released in September 2014. On 15 September 2014, it was announced that a repackaged version of the album, entitled "A Perfect Contradiction Outsider's Edition", was released on 3 November 2014; the collection will feature five new songs. "Ready for the Good Life" was released as the first single from the re-release on 2 November 2014. The album track "Take Me" taken from A Perfect Contradiction which was written by Paloma, John Stephens and Mr Hudson is featured on a Joseph Altuzarra commercial for the U.S. retail giant, Target.

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