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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th January 1966 Tippetts cantate Vision of St Augustine, premieres in London
19th January 1940 Comedian and Eastenders actor Mike Reid was born in Hackney, East London.
19th January 1917 The Silvertown explosion kills 73 people in the East End.
19th January 1907 Born today: Lillian Harvey, London England, actress (Invitation to the Waltz)
Faith & Devotion here
Sounds A bit like Etta James...Paloma Faith once studied here
Location: 10 Back Hill, Clerkenwell, EC1R 5EN
Description: Paloma Faith (born Paloma Faith Blomfield in 21 July 1985) is a British singer-songwriter and actress.
In 2009, she released her debut single 'Stone Cold Sober', then her debut album, Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, which was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry.
Faith was born in Hackney and raised by her mother in Stoke Newington. As a child, Faith was encouraged to dance by her mother and she took weekly ballet classes in Dalston.
After completing her A-Levels, Faith went on to study for a degree in contemporary dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, which Faith describes as 'the worst experience of (her) life'.
Faith then went on to study for an MA in theatre directing at this very location - 'Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design' - funding her studies by working various part-time jobs, which included; a sales assistant at Agent Provocateur, a singer in a burlesque cabaret, a life model and a magician's assistant.
She has a voice like an angel, her music is influenced by soul and jazz and her singing style has been compared favourably to that of Amy Winehouse and Duffy. Jools Holland has compared her voice to that of Etta James.