Paloma Faith’s coiffed blaze of hair and painted face seem to be plastered over every corner of New York City. Three years after her debut single charted in the U.K., she has elbowed her way into the U.S. and is now signed with Epic Records.
Two years ago, I interviewed Faith for Manchester’s City Life ahead of her performance at the M.E.N. arena. She was a little bit of a challenge, and spent half the interview complaining about how she had been invited to far fewer award ceremonies than someone of her success deserved.
“Did you know that for all the award ceremonies in this country this year, I have never been nominated or even invited to one? I don’t know why. It’s fine. That’s sort of how my life’s been. I’ve never been someone who’s won things.”
Sounding so bitter so early in her career, I wondered how long she’d stick at it and, after she failed to maintain the same high profile, I thought perhaps that was that.
(I knew the interview was the end for me and Paloma, at least. When we discussed her first handful of singles – which charted at numbers 17, 15, 64 and 55 respectively – and I asked whether she was bothered by chart success, she threw her toys out of her vintage pram and demanded to know where I’d got my facts.)
It’ll be interesting to see how she gets over in the U.S. She undoubtedly has an aesthetic charm and some catchy songs, such as New York, with beautiful orchestral production. And as a trained ballerina, former burlesque dancer and magician’s assistant who has enjoyed a few movie cameos, she’s also a semi natural entertainer.
Also, since we spoke, she’s garnered a few nominations, so let’s hope she’s actually started enjoying herself.