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Paloma Faith stages Australian encore

By AAP Newswire

Paloma Faith has always felt her most comfortable on stage.

The British singer, who shot to the top of the charts in 2014 with her hit Only Love Can Hurt Like This, is happiest when she's singing to an audience.

"It's the absolute absence of anxiety for me, performance, which is weird because a lot of people think it's anxiety-inducing but it's really my favourite place, and my favourite part of what I do," Faith told AAP.

In a few days, Faith will take to the stage at the Sydney Opera House with the backing of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The ambitious concert series is a love-letter to her Australian fans who missed out in 2015 when Faith cancelled her Australian shows.

"The last two times that I've been to Australia to perform have been towards the end of my campaign when I'm very, very tired and the last time I had to cancel because I went to hospital and was really run down," she said.

"So I wanted to fulfil some promises to my fanbase over there and go earlier this time."

She's taking no chances this time, planning the trip Down Under in the middle of her tour - but with one extra person in tow.

"I'm doing it in the most insane way in that I'm bringing my child over so I'll probably be tired anyway," she said.

Since having her baby in 2016, Faith said her performances have actually improved.

"The feedback I'm getting is that I just seem much more resilient and much more strong and powerful, I feel like that's an animal instinct thing that kicks in," she said.

"Everything's different now that I'm a mother. In the beginning it's like 'how am I ever going to be able to do both?' But I'm managing, I can't believe it, I'm managing."

Last year Faith released her fourth album, The Architect. It's a highly-charged album on which Faith felt the need to address political and social issues, such as the refugee crisis and Brexit.

"I'm concerned about this kind of backlash against all of the socialist values that have been embraced in our culture, like equality or diversity and integration of races," she said.

"We have a responsibility for each other like a community, and I think culturally community is being slowly eked away."

Faith spreads a message of kindness through her show which she says will include music from her whole career, spanning four albums.

"It's a slightly different tour and different slant to what I've been doing in the UK," she said.

"This is more of a greatest hits and also a few covers from the early days of my career that I used to sing that influenced me too."

* Paloma Faith will perform with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on April 6-7 at the Sydney Opera House.