Paloma Faith on motherhood and her fourth album
PUBLISHED: 20:23 18 February 2018
Becoming a parent is just about the biggest event in anyone's lives, bringing with it a raft of challenges and unforeseen scenarios that potentially pose the sternest of tests, Neill Barston discovers how Paloma Faith has responded.
or Paloma Faith, the experience of being a new mum may have left her wondering where her next night’s sleep might ever be coming from, yet it’s brought a renewed sense of purpose and focus to her music.
‘I’m trying to juggle being a mother and a singer. I have no idea how I am managing, but I am somehow,’ she laughs, recounting her whirlwind existence recording her fourth studio album.
The 36-year old has already amassed an enviable career over the past decade that has seen her become the only female artist beyond Adele to have three double platinum recordings to her name.
The singer’s latest offering, The Architect, follows boldly in its predecessors’ footsteps, showcasing her distinctive powerful vocals that have earned comparisons with everyone from 60’s icons such as Etta James and Billie Holiday, through to the late Amy Winehouse.
It seems the singer is enjoying a comparatively settled phase of her life living with French boyfriend Leyman Lahcine, and it’s apparent that starting a family has directly influenced her music.
‘I do feel my approach to music has changed since I’ve become a parent - which does have an impact. With difficult things that are happening in the world, you feel protective and want to make things comfortable for your family.
‘I think things are changing in our history and maybe not for the better, which is something I’m concerned about. I feel there’s a sense of duty to talk about events.’
From her early CV that spanned everything from being a life model, cabaret dancer and bartender, to a gig as a magician’s assistant, her rich experiences have offered plenty of tales and adventures to fuel her inventive songwriting.
As if to underline her determination, she famously walked out on a deal for a record contract when the agent watching her refused to stop texting on his phone. Needless to say, it was very much his loss, and the wider music industry’s gain, for Paloma then secured a major deal that set in motion her strikingly memorable debut album.
Do You Want The Truth or Something Beautiful? blazed a trail into the top 10, and proceeded to lodge in the album charts for the next 100 weeks.
Her towering vocal abilities have continued to garner contrasts with the late Amy Winehouse, it’s something Paloma is entirely at ease with.
‘I’m flattered by comparisons to Amy. It’s not something I am offended by, though I am quite different.
‘When she met me once, she asked if I played an instrument, but I said no, and she said that was a shame as she would really have liked someone like me in her group. I was a massive fan of hers and after watching the documentary about her life, I actually wrote a song for her, Price of Fame, which is on the new album. Her death was such a tragedy.’
Besides the album, fans can now celebrate a UK tour, which kicks off in March. It’s destined to feature some of Paloma’s trademark self-designed sets to spark the tone for a hit-packed series of shows.
‘The only reason I do what I’m doing is because I love touring – as when I’m out there I am excited and feel that I’m in the right place.’
Paloma Faith is appearing at Manchester Arena on March 8 2018.