Taking inspiration from Dolly Parton
BRIT Award nominee Paloma Faith was born in Hackney but raised in Stoke Newington, studying dance and theatre to degree level.
She released her debut album – Do You Want the Truth, or Something Beautiful? – in 2009, which produced the singles Stone Cold Sober, New York and Upside Down.
Her second album, Fall To Grace, reached No. 1 and featured the hit Picking Up The Pieces.
The album earned her one of two Brit Award nominations.
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As well as music, Faith is an actress, with appearances in the films St Trinian's, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Dread.
As well as her first major theatre tour, which comes to the Royal Concert Hall tonight, she will be playing seven UK forests this summer, including Sherwood Pines Forest Park near Edwinstowe.
What have you been doing recently?
I presented at the announcement of the Brits. I've been so busy. I was on Jonathan Ross as well, with Jamie Foxx and Micky Flanagan. Jamie Foxx is so talented, on loads of different levels.
Do you like playing in these theatre-style venues? You've got some arena shows coming up in June.
I'm more frightened of those big venues, like the O2, because I'm used to the smaller places. I know what I'm doing, and now I'm worried that I'll have to act differently on stage. But then I went to see Dolly Parton there and she didn't do that, it was like you'd gone to her house, so I should stick to what I do normally.
Will you be playing many songs from Fall To Grace?
Yes, I'm going to do all of it, with just a few from the first album at the end. We're going to do different versions of the songs, and vary them at each show so nothing will be the same at any show. It's really nice to play with the different versions we've done, whether it's three-piece, five-piece or full band. It keeps it interesting for me, and for people who come to every show. And there are a few.
Are you working on the next album?
I've not really started thinking about it that much, just basic ideas, but I would like to get on with it this year. I might work with the same people again, but I haven't got far enough along to know.
You were influenced by jazz singers. would you ever play with a big band?
There might be something like that coming up later this year. I'd like to but I'm worried about it. I've always been interested in jazz and that's what I love, but quite a lot of the time commercial or successful artists do a big band or jazz album, and it's cheesy, if I'm honest. If I did it in a way that wasn't cheesy then I would love to do something. I don't want it to look like I'm just dressing up, it's tacky.
Is there anyone you'd like to work with?
I'd love to work with Andre 3000 from Outkast, and I'd love to work with Damon Albarn. I think everything he touches turns to gold. Everything he does is so good.
You've just announce that you'll be playing a series of summer shows in UK forests, including Sherwood. Excited?
I'm really excited about these shows. It's going to be a great experience, so I hope everyone will be able to join me on my woodland adventure.
She plays Sherwood Pines Forest Park on Saturday, June 15. Tickets are £32 from www.forestry.gov.uk/ music.