4 March 2013

Paloma Faith captivates crowd at American Express Platinum Cashback Gig

Paloma Faith American Express Platinum Cashback Gig

Paloma Faith captivates crowd at American Express Platinum Cashback Gig

Platinum-selling recording artist Paloma Faith mesmerised the crowd at London’s Union Chapel as she played a beautiful live acoustic set at the first ever ‘American Express Platinum Cashback Gig’ last night, accompanied by a grand piano and a string quartet.

Returning to the venue, where she first played as an aspiring 14-year-old songstress, the flame haired singer performed 12 songs, mostly from her platinum selling album ‘Fall To Grace,’ including ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ and latest single ‘Just Be.’ Faith closed the set with fan favourite ‘Picking Up The Pieces,’ which was met with a standing ovation from the audience. After performing these songs across the UK on her recent tour, Faith wanted to treat fans to brand new arrangements of her popular hits which have never been heard before.

Paloma Faith says: “I wanted to do something special for the first ‘Platinum Cashback Gig’ so we took a bit of a risk and pulled in a classic string quartet and a beautiful old piano. I’ve never done this particular set up before, so that was an exciting challenge for me and tonight felt fantastic. Really special. I’m glad that everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and I’m obviously thrilled that we are able to support War Child at such an important time.

Embracing her reputation for theatrical stage costume, Faith, who opened her set with ‘Let Your Love Walk In,’ took to the stage channelling Michelle Pfeiffer in 1992’s ‘Batman Returns.’ Draped in a backless, asymmetrical jumpsuit by Ashish that revealed her bird-in-flight tattoos, Faith looked every bit the Hollywood siren in black sequins crowned with a black patent headscarf. Paying tribute to the jazz divas that went before her, Faith seduced the audience with sweeping theatrical hand gestures and a well-received jazz arrangement of the Billie Holliday classic ‘God Bless The Child.’ 

American Express hosted the ‘Cashback Gig’ in celebration of the generous cashback rewards earned with its Platinum Cashback Card. All ticketholders who attended the sold out gig were given their ‘cashback’ on the £30 ticket price in the form of a £30 American Express Gift Card® which they could then choose to keep and spend on the things they enjoy or donate to international charity, War Child

The hotly tipped 18-year-old Scottish singer Nina Nesbitt supported Paloma Faith on stage with a set accompanied only by her guitar. The blonde chanteuse held the crowd in silent awe for a full half hour with her powerful Celtic vocals and unassuming stage presence. Nesbitt thanked the audience for listening so attentively to her self-penned songs.

Ben Knowles, Director of Fundraising at War Child says: “Donations like this are vital to securing the future of our work at War Child. We are thrilled to receive such a generous contribution from Paloma’s fans and hugely grateful to American Express for supporting us in this. Each £30 could help get one of the children we work with back to school for an entire year.”

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