Michelle O Faith

Michelle O Faith

Classically-trained singer, songwriter, producer Michelle O Faith is readying herself to take over your ears in 2017 - we discover how…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 18 Jan 2017
  • min read
Singer, songwriter, producer Michelle O Faith is a striking new voice and face readying herself for taking over your ears in 2017.

Her rise has been steady so far - in September of 2013, she signed a publishing deal with Peer UK in a joint venture and graduated from Southampton’s university with a BA Music (Hons)

It was April 2015 when her debut EP, No Romance in China, first emerged acting as a brilliant showcase to her stunning voice, balancing her classical training with a big pop sound.

Last year was even better with Michelle with more loved releases in the form of the Birthday Blues EP and Lemonade single. She also succeeded in winning back from the PRS for Music Foundation’s Women Make Music Award alongside the likes of Let’s Eat Grandma and Marika Hackman. The fund is now open for submissions for its latest funding round – find out more and get to know Michelle here…

I first started writing music because…
I’ve been a communicator all my life. I was talking by age one, and singing came soon after. I was a thinker too, (an over-thinker! Still am!), and always had a particular, unique way of seeing things.

I had all of these thoughts and feelings and views on the world buried inside of me. There was nothing to do but write them down – in the initial form of prose, and poetry, I suppose. Then it just made sense, given my love of music and singing, to put a melody to those words. And before you know it, without even intending it, you’re writing songs. It was very organic, never premeditated.

I have been making music since…
I wrote my first song aged five. I started producing aged 12.

My music is…
Big; emotional; with thought-provoking lyrics; dark; haunting; lush; classical-influenced; alternative-pop; quirky.

You'll like my music if you listen to...
Florence and the Machine, Lana Del Rey, Lorde, YADi.

My favourite venue is…
O2 Arena.

Music is important because…
It connects people who would, otherwise, almost certainly, never have crossed paths. You, as the artist, sit down and write a piece of music about something that has resonated with/impacted you. You put this piece of music out into the universe; and someone whom you have never met, who doesn’t know you from Adam, hears it and is able to, to some degree, relate to what it is you speak about. Thus, in that moment, this person understands you; there is a connection, and for three minutes 15 seconds, the two of you stop being strangers, and on some level know each other. The ultimate form of human expression and communication.

My biggest inspiration is…
To have a sold-out world tour.

My dream collaboration would be…
With Michael Jackson. He’s gone though ... so Hans Zimmer.

To try me out, listen to my song…
Sleep Through the Fire. My debut single released last year.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
Dead.

In 10 years’ time I want to be...
An internationally successful and known recording and performance artist, praised for my innovation and quirk but pop accessibility. Touring a great deal. Still working with people I respect and love, making music that resonates with my spirit and the spirits of others. Still doing it for the right reasons – which are the reasons I started.

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Listen to Sleep Through the Fire below.