Paloma Faith is the sartorially stupendous songstress who’s already taken Britain by storm. London-born and equipped with degrees in theater directing and contemporary dance, she was once a magician’s assistant, and then a burlesque singer. No longer. These days, Faith makes music for the masses, infusing contemporary pop sounds with throwback components like gospel choirs and orchestral strings. And the word has spread: Her first (and thus far, only) album went platinum on the UK charts, and her popularity brought her to the Olympics’ opening ceremony last summer (she notoriously carried the torch in red stilettos). But Faith hasn’t quite caught on in the U.S.
Yet. Her second album, Fall to Grace, drops on December 4. America, get ready.