Pop Quiz: Paloma Faith

Aidin Vaziri | Think Adele is a bit of a bore? There’s an antidote: Paloma Faith is a loud, brash British pop singer with a penchant for wearing outrageous clothes and speaking her mind. The 27-year-old’s new album, “Fall to Grace,” was co-produced by Nellee Hooper (Madonna, Björk). Prince personally asked her to play his NPG Music and Arts Festival. Faith, a former burlesque performer, also played the devil’s girlfriend opposite Tom Waits in Terry Gilliam’s 2009 film “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.” Her most recent feat: running the Olympic torch in red stilettos.

Paloma Faith
Q: I’m worried your voice may do some structural damage to some of the smaller places. Were you always the loudest one in school?
A: No. I was very shy until I was 14 or 15. Then I got bored of being bullied, so I started to speak up a bit. But the reason my voice is so loud is my first band was a garage rockabilly band and it was full of men with big egos who refused to turn their amps down.
Q: Before becoming a pop star, you worked as a nude model, magician’s assistant and burlesque performer. Why did you give those things up for this?
A: You don’t get paid that much for doing those things.
Q: You were also a ghost in a funhouse. How much of your resume do you just make up to keep yourself entertained during interviews?
A: It’s all true. I don’t do anything I don’t want to do.
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