Paloma Faith primed for Chicago stop on United States tour

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Paloma Faith will embark on her first U.S. tour in September, including a stop in Chicago on Sept. 16. | Courtesy of Rebecca Pierce of Press Here Publicity

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Paloma Faith, with her nearly 275,000 followers on Twitter, has quite the following for an artist that will be performing for her first time in the United States on Sept. 10.

Her popularity, at 27, is even more impressive considering when she was younger, Faith, who has enjoyed commercial success on the UK charts, wasn’t even sure if singing was in her future.

“I was very creative,” said Faith, who will be performing at Martyr’s in Chicago on Sept. 16, the fourth show on her six-stop tour. “I was quite good at art and drawing. I really enjoyed singing but if I’m to be honest, it wasn’t really a big passion of mine. Really dance was in my younger years.”

Growing up in Hackney, a borough of London, Faith’s interest in dance and ballet led to her studying it in college, where her interests began to turn toward being the main focus of a performance.

“I knew that I didn’t fit in as a dancer because it was really all about being a tool for someone else’s ideas,” Faith said.

The performance-driven Faith began doing solo shows in cabaret clubs and was singing in a 50s, rockabilly band for a little extra money.

After she gained traction, and people started coming out to see her, she realized what she longed for.

“I realized I loved it and decided I was going to make a real stab at a go at it,” Faith said. “I kept pushing and pushing in different ways.”

The self-described “soul singer” moved on to promoting and headlining shows at a club that featured local artists.

“I started to promote this club night where a lot of local artists performed,” Faith said. “I did it monthly and I performed as well. Notoriously, quite a few successful artists performed there like Adele. Record companies would come to these nights and my shows were always very well articulated with set designs and costumes.”

Faith’s artistic side still shines through when she performs “Blood, Sweat & Tears,” a track off her album “Fall to Grace,” where she says she is able to channel her inner-Chaka Kahn.

Another favorite of hers to perform is “Just Be,” which allows her to “be vulnerable and really expose myself,” Faith said.

Faith’s familiarity with the Windy City begins and ends with the descriptions she has been given by friends.

“I’ve never been to Chicago,” Faith said. “I’m looking forward to it. A lot of people have told me I’d love it.”

As far as expectations with the show, Faith said she is happy for more of her fans to see her in a setting that she enjoys.

“I’m hoping people will come out and see me play live,” Faith said. “It would be great to have some people at it. I think it’s my element, singing live. That’s what I’m excited about.

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