brings together the distinctive flavors of both Western and Eastern worlds, creating a
fresh new sound and
redefining the boundaries of modern rock
as we know it...
from the most unlikely places.
Some years ago, hiding in a shelter, a young girl was writing her first
song. Outside, war and destruction were sweeping the land.
Fiction? Hardly. And as it often takes great hardship to
unleash great passion, being in the
wrong place at the wrong time may
have never been so right.
Born in Europe and raised in Beirut
(Lebanon), Faith was, at a very early age, exposed to exotic music
"Both Western and
Eastern blood flow equally through my veins. From France I inherited
my artistic nature. From Lebanon I drew inspiration and exoticism.
From the U.S. I received knowledge and most of all the love of Rock
Today Faith, with her
project ALTERNATE FAITH, brings together the distinctive flavors of both Western and Eastern worlds, creating a fresh new sound and
redefining the boundaries of modern rock
as we know it...
honest! A tale of emotional survival and strength. "
-- CASHBOX MAGAZINE
Having grown up in a country
torn by war, Faith didn’t have a usual childhood.
music was a way to deal with what was going
on at that time. The violence, the destruction, the fear... I also saw the
faith and hope of the people around me and they inspired me. They
never gave up on their dream for Peace. In Lebanon, I learned that
everything is possible if you believe and that my dreams could
become reality if I had faith. That is why I named my band ALTERNATE
FAITH's strong message comes through today with many songs such as
"Dear God", "Forgive", and "Reach
Out is a song deeply inspired by war and how people come together in
time of need to help each other. I remember being a refugee and how
people would open their doors for you to give you shelter, even if
they did not know you. Together we waited for the bombing to stop,
together we hoped, together we prayed, together we survived".
amidst these troubled times that Faith wrote her very first song.
"I was only
twelve when I wrote my first song. We had been stuck in a bomb shelter for
23 days, with no electricity nor running water.
We ran out of food... We ran out of everything. Then one night, our last
candle burned out. Darkness settled in. The night seemed never ending. I played my guitar in the dark... And then ‘it’ happened. It was a
very powerful moment.”
sound. Passionate and invigorating"
Seeking to grow as an artist and
perfect her craft, Faith moved to the U.S. to study and learn from the
best in the music field. Today, she invites us to a new
exciting journey through her vision and music.
"When you live in a country
ravaged by civil war, you are in essence isolated from the world around
you. So you cannot draw ideas from other known artists and you are
sheltered from any influences. The only source of inspiration is YOU. I
had to dig deep inside me, be truly creative and forge my own sound, my
own music path. This turned out to be a blessing
in deed and has taught me to do my own thing and to stay free from trends
lyrics and music are fresh and new"
Flavoring her catchy hook-oriented songs with exotic world instruments,
FAITH is indeed taking modern rock to another dimension.
A charismatic and
passionate performer, Faith juggles the guitar, sitar, Oud, Tampura and mandolin with
ease while impressively delivering raw rock vocals as well as ethereal Eastern chants.
She is also one of the rare rock artists to play traditional acoustic
sitar live on stage. Exotic melodies tastefully spice up infectious
hooks. Raw vocals bite through the earthy textures of her acoustic
twelve string guitar, her sitar, Oud or mandolin... Through her passionate, colorful and haunting
music, Faith bares her soul and heart with a disarming honesty. Music and lyrics, both equally
strong, intertwine to create powerful songs that will echo in your head
long after they end.
long after the music stops"
Armed with a distinctive yet infectious sound,
ALTERNATE FAITH stormed the American airwaves with their first release
"Out Of Nowhere", rapidly climbing the top 30 charts of many
radio stations. The hit song "Beirut" held its number One
position at the top of the charts on KSJD for 10 whole weeks, while the
album itself was voted "Best Album" and the band "Favorite
band". "Out of Nowhere" literally leaped out of nowhere to
remain on this radio station's chart for over 10 months. Meanwhile,
another station, KSSU reported ALTERNATE FAITH to also be the number #1 on
their charts for 3 weeks in a row. Overall, over 120 stations played the
self release and as many as 14 charted it.
missing a beat, Faith once again was in the recording studio to capture 13
new exciting songs for the second album "A voice in the dark".
This follow up effort was to feature the sitar on several cuts, including
"Little Circles", "If" and include some of the
exotic instrumental pieces (such as "Etheria") which have made
this band a big hit on the BORDER's music stores acoustic circuit. Now
ready to record an acoustic album to compliment this acoustic tour, Faith
shares her latest thoughts about her musical journey.
Faith is very tight with an impressive display of musical
— UCR PRESS
“ALTERNATE FAITH is not about the love of fame or money. What is important is to put out strong songs that have a lot of heart,
a lot of passion. To create music that will touch people deep inside, that
will inspire them. Sharing the music that lives inside me with
the world out there is the only dream worth living for. It’s a dream I‘ve had all my life.
Just as I have learned from the people I grew up with in Beirut
"Nothing is impossible if you believe". Now my dream has become
reality.” says Faith. " On this new album I am bringing several
wonderful instruments to the sonic picture. Expect a lot of very exotic
textures. The sitar, the tampura, the sarod, as well as the aborigine
didgeridoo will all find their spotlight in my songs. But most of all, I
am also returning to my roots by adding a couple of more Middle Eastern
sounding instrumentals featuring the Oud, a wonderful instrument I grew up
with. The release will also include acoustic versions of some of our
second album's best cuts, as well as several brand new songs which are
very promising. I feel very blessed that talented
musicians have believed in my vision and wanted to share this journey with
me, both live and on this new album. There are many wonderful people playing with me right now, that are
part of what ALTERNATE FAITH is today."
killer chick fronted band rules!!"
— ROCK CITY NEWS
As ALTERNATE FAITH remains one the most elusive and best kept secrets on
the underground scene today, it has never lost any of its magic. Faith's
music has further blossomed over the last few years to encompass an even
broader range of world influences. Today she brings a universal message
through the universal language of music.
have traveled so much, and experienced so many cultures, I feel that I am
a citizen of the world, a heart without frontiers. I miss Lebanon and I
miss France, but I have fallen in love with America and my home is here
now, in Los Angeles. This is where I feel I belong." says
the ethereal ornate vocals of the Sufis to the raw energy of modern rock,
my musical journey takes me through it all. My artistic horizon is forever
expending, I would need three life times to explore it all ! Always
learning and exploring is the secret of artistic bliss."
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