Paloma Faith Is Falling Upward

Dave DiMartino
The New Now (NEW)

In the course of Y! Music’s week in Austin at this year’s South By Southwest conference, one performer may have stood out as the most captivating highlight—not just musically, but, very definitely, visually. And that would be England’s Paloma Faith.

Striking on a number of levels, Faith boasts a spectacularly strong, bluesy voice and a live visual presence that, it would appear, rivals the very best of pop’s royalty. With her second album Fall To Grace finally hitting these shores via Epic Records, America has recently gotten its chance to take a gander at the rising singer who--perhaps inescapably, since she is a British female singer--has seen numerous comparisons to Amy Winehouse and Adele since releasing her 2009 set Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?

Faith’s performance at Y! Music’s headquarters earlier this month may have been stripped down—just Paloma, two backing singers, and a pianist—but the raw vocal power at her command was anything but. A visual sensation and an utter delight to interview, she was completely great—and we counted ourselves very lucky to catch her in this intimate environment. We think you’ll like what you’re about to see and hear.