Paloma Faith surprised a brother and sister from Merseyside with an “unforgettable” private gig.
The singer, whose music brought them back together after a falling out, performed Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares to You exclusively for them.
Joe Meadows and Anna Williams, from Wallasey, were invited to a secret bank vault in London, believing they would be picking up a recording of a never-before-heard cover.
But once there, Paloma appeared and performed the iconic song acoustically, accompanied only by a handful of musicians.
The star, who won Best Female Act at the Brit Awards this year, was touched by how the siblings rekindled their relationship after Joe bought Anna tickets to her concert last year.
‘When Paloma actually appeared and sang live to me and my sister it was just amazing’ – Joe
Joe, 22, says: “I’ve been a fan of Paloma for years and it’s always been a dream of mine to meet her.
“I’ve travelled all over the country to see her perform and once we even waited outside the back door after the show.
“This all started when we thought we were getting the first copy of a never before heard cover track, which is great in itself but when Paloma actually appeared and sang live it was just amazing.”
‘I was so surprised that I couldn’t stop crying!’ – Anna
Anna, 32, says: “When Paloma appeared in the vault I was so surprised that I couldn’t stop crying! Seeing Paloma perform to us with a group of violinists in such an intimate venue was really special.
“When we met her afterwards she was so down-to-earth and friendly, just the way I had imagined she’d be.“
It wasn’t the first time Paloma had brought the brother and sister together and on this occasion they got to see her up close during her most intimate performance yet.
Paloma says: “Joe and Anna’s is such a lovely story and I’m glad to have been a part of it.”
She adds: “I’m delighted to have teamed up with MasterCard to give something back to some of the fans who have supported me in a big way.
“Nothing Compares to You is a song that is very special to me, so to perform it for the first time to two of my biggest supporters felt amazing.”
The multi–platinum selling artist will be hosting another intimate gig later this year, exclusively for MasterCard cardholders.
Usher, The Kaiser Chiefs and Mary J Blige are also organising a host of Priceless Surprises and secret gigs.