It seems the United Kingdom has started raising all their females to be spectacular solo music acts with voices that could literally tear the roof off any venue. Leona Lewis, Jessie J and Adele are just a few of the names that have crossed over into the lives of the American audience and experienced tremendous success on the charts with their respective singles and albums. I mean, how many copies of 21 have been sold already? Their success relies on true talent, not gimmicks and an excessive use of production. An artist that could easily follow in their footsteps is 31-year-old Paloma Faith, who graced Austin and SXSW with her regal appearance and jaw-dropping performances.
Search engine giant Yahoo!, who became a big staple during SXSW, held a free open house and treated the festival goers with an open bar, exclusive premieres of their upcoming shows and intimate recordings of their online concert series. After accidentally stumbling into the near-empty venue at 2 p.m. on Saturday, experiencing the wonders of Paloma Faith and her just-as-amazing backup singers was a real, unexpected treat. With a crowd of no more than 20 people watching, Faith delivered breathtaking performances of “Picking Up the Pieces” and “Just Be“, two singles off her latest release, Fall to Grace, without even warming up.
While leaving, as Paloma was about to give her sit-down interview, it was revealed the artist would be giving a full performance later that day at Perez Hilton’s One Night in Austin event. There, in addition to the fore mentioned singles which sounded just as great as they did earlier, Faith treated a crowd of over 3,000 to the high-energy, liberating “Freedom” and “Blood Sweat & Tears“, which describes the desire to stay with a loved one through the hurt and pain. The artist received a roaring applause as she thanked Perez and allowed her formal Austin introduction to leave its impression on all those in the audience.
Her music may not make you get up and dance as quickly as some of the names currently dominating Top 40 radio, however, Paloma Faith is an artist who will never disappoint, needing only to rely on immense talent. The material found on her 2012 album, which stalled at number 170 on the Billboard 200, will surely impress all listeners, but it does not compare to witnessing the glorious vocals, quirky personality and accompanying instrumentals in a live setting. Many good things are about to come her way, that is a given.