Katie Melua
British singer-songwriter
Katie Melua
Ketevan "Katie" Melua is a Georgian-born British singer, songwriter and musician. She moved to Northern Ireland at the age of eight and then to England at fourteen. Melua is signed to the small Dramatico record label, under the management of composer Mike Batt, and made her musical debut in 2003. In 2006, she was the United Kingdom's best-selling female artist and Europe's highest selling European female artist.
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Katie Melua, A Georgian Voice Made Good In The West, Comes Home
NPR - 3 months
Melua is one of the U.K.'s most successful female artists. For her latest album, In Winter, she traveled to her home country of Georgia to record with the 23-member Gori Women's Choir.
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Katie Melua: 'Success Is Addictive'
Huffington Post - 4 months
Ever since her debut album Call Off the Search hit the shelves in 2003, Georgian-British singer-songwriter Katie Melua has enjoyed a great deal of success. Now on her seventh album, In Winter, Melua decided to get rid of some of the pressure that accompanies success. With newfound creative freedom, after parting ways with long-time collaborator Mike Batt, Melua started to explore and try new things. "I didn't want to make music that had lots of eyes on it. Certain parts of work require time and quiet careful work and this has to happen behind closed doors. It was important not to have pressure and not to think the album has to sell a lot of records." -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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‘Sorry for the Lighthouse Family!’ Council pays to upgrade its ‘on hold’ music
Boston Standard - over 3 years
County council bosses have paid for a new ‘easy listening’ soundtrack to please on-hold callers...and say customers are loving the new tunes. Lincolnshire County Council had been receiving complaints about the ‘unpalatable’ default hold music that greeted customers ringing up for the Call Connect bus service so in February switched to using commercial songs. The council said the move, which costs £175 a year, has helped stop customers from hanging up in frustration. Coun Richard Davies Executive Member for Highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “People can be kept waiting for a few minutes at peak times so we use commercial songs for our on-hold music. Quite frankly, our callers love it. “It costs just £175 per year and since we introduced it, we have reduced our abandoned call rate by half – from 4,000 calls per month to just 1,600. “I would, however, like to take this opportunity to apologise for our use of the Lighthouse Family’s Ocean Drive. I accept this was a deplora ...
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Katie Melua weds
3 News - over 4 years
Singer Katie Melua has wed motorcycle ace James Toseland.
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Songbird Katie Melua lays bare trauma of her breakdown
Belfast Telegraph - almost 5 years
Songbird Katie Melua has spoken for the first time about how she was forced to take time away from her career after suffering a crippling nervous breakdown.
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Katie Melua excited to sing at festival
This is Local London - almost 5 years
Singer Katie Melua has spoken of her excitement at performing at the 2012 Hampton Court Palace Festival.
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Travel review: A Titanic journey
Yorkshire Evening Post - almost 5 years
Over a century on, Belfast remains proud of its links to Titanic, as Suzanne McTaggart reports THE people of Belfast have a popular saying about the Titanic: “She was built by the Irish – and sunk by the English”. And nowhere in the world has the famous ship been more celebrated than Northern Ireland’s capital, where 15,000 men built the doomed liner at the shipyards of Harland and Wolff. I was privileged enough to visit Belfast for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy last weekend, where a string of events were held to remember the 1,500 men, women and children who died when the ship sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic ocean. The city’s pride in constructing the liner, which was the largest moving object in the world at the time and a miracle of technology, is impossible to avoid – making it a must-visit destination for all out-and-proud ‘Titanoraks’ like myself. Titanic-related features include a memorial garden at Belfast City Hall, where the name of e ...
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Titanic's Centenary Commemorated in Belfast
Business Review USA - almost 5 years
BELFAST, Northern Ireland, April 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Belfast is leading the many commemorations taking place around the world in memory of those who perished on the Titanic's tragic maiden voyage 100 years ago today. As her physical and spiritual home, Belfast is marking this significant occasion with a number of commemorative events. To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/53806-belfast-commemorates-titanic-100-years This morning, on the 100th anniversary of the liner's sinking, a Titanic Memorial Garden at Belfast City Hall was officially unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Belfast Niall Ó Donnghaile. A plaque naming the 1,517 people who perished on the mighty liner is the centrepiece of the memorial garden and pays tributes to the lost lives while embracing Belfast's connection to the Titanic story. The new memorial garden in Belfast is the only memorial in the world to name all who were lost on the RMS Titanic. This morning the L ...
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Adele Is England's Richest Young Singer
MTV News - almost 5 years
Daniel Radcliffe, Robert Pattinson and Florence Welch also on Sunday Times Rich List. By Gil Kaufman <P>He's the star of one of the biggest movie franchises in history and she's the best-selling musician of the past year. Together "Harry Potter" star <a href="http://www.mtv.com/movies/person/264615/personmain.jhtml">Daniel Radcliffe</a> and <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/adele/artist.jhtml">Adele</a> top the <a href="http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/public/richlist/article1014156.ece" target="_blank"><I>Sunday Times</I> Rich List</a> of England's youngest stars.</P><P><embed src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:711056/cp~vid%3D711056%26uri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideo%3Amtv.com%3A711056" width="460" height="260" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullScreen="tru ...
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Melua joins Titanic commemoration
Belfast Telegraph - almost 5 years
Singers Katie Melua and Lisa Hannigan have been added to the line-up for the Titanic music and film commemoration in Belfast.
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Katie Melua: Secret Symphony Album Review
Female First - almost 5 years
Artist: <a class="fplink fp-161300" href="/Katie+Melua+1">Katie Melua</a>Album: Secret SymphonyLabel: Dramatico RecordOut NowLabel: 3.5/5 <a class="fplink fp-161300" href="/Katie+Melua+1">Katie Melua</a> has enjoyed a career that has spanned almost a decade...
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A picture of happiness: Katie Melua proudly shows off new fiancé James Toseland on the Brit Awards red carpet
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
They joined the stars at the glitzy awards show
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Katie Melua debuts her stunning ring after getting engaged to biker boyfriend James Toseland
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
The singer debuted her new bling during the performance, after former World Superbike champion James announced the pair's happy news on his Facebook page.
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Katie Melua announces seven British shows
Doncaster Free Press - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-161300" href="/katie+melua+1">Katie Melua</a> will kick off her European autumn tour this year with a run of seven shows in Britain. Starting in Ipswich on October 8 2012 and calling at London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, the UK leg will end in Gateshead on October 16. The tour continues across the Channel with an extensive run of theatre and arena shows throughout Europe. The 27 year old singer will be performing songs from all five of her studio albums, including her new record ‘Secret Symphony’ which is released on March 5. As well as singing her more familiar tracks such as ‘The Closest Thing To Crazy’ and ‘Nine Millions Bicycles’, Katie is looking forward to playing the new songs: “I really enjoyed recording ‘Secret Symphony’, there is a simplicity to it that I love and the songs are beautiful to sing. Playing a song live on stage brings something new each time and it is exciting to share that unique performance, that special moment, with t ...
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Katie Melua Discusses New Album
Female First - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-161300" href="/katie+melua+1">Katie Melua</a> is set to make a return to the airwaves and the charts next month with her fifth studio album Secret Symphony. I caught up with her to tal...
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Katie Melua to move to Isle of Man?
Isle Of Man Today - about 5 years
COULD international singing star <a class="fplink fp-161300" href="/katie+melua+1">Katie Melua</a> be about to make her home in the Isle of Man? The Closest Thing to Crazy star has just announced her engagement to Port Soderick resident, two time World Superbike Champion and former MotoGP star James Toseland. The UK tabloid press was buzzing with news of the pair this week until the engagement was officially confirmed on 27-year-old Melua’s official website in a statement which said: ‘Following speculation in the press, Dramatico Entertainment are delighted to confirm the engagement of <a class="fplink fp-161300" href="/katie+melua+1">Katie Melua</a> and James Toseland. We wish them happiness in their life together.’ The couple have been together since April last year and made their most recent public appearance at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, at which Manx cycling champion Mark Cavendish took the top honour. Toseland took the accolade in 2007. Georgian-born Melua ...
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James Blake & Bon Iver - Fall Creek Boys Choir - I Like Music
Google News - over 5 years
Katie Melua: I like music because… it transcends language barriers and cultural barriers. Everyone can understand it and everyone can experience it. You don&#39;t have to be anything particular to enjoy it. Dwele: I Like Music because…it sets a mood,
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LENA (2010, 2011) LOOSES OPEL CONTRACT - oikotimes.com
Google News - over 5 years
Nevertheless, chairman of Opel Karl-Friedrich Stracke stated that by the end of the year their contract won&#39;t be renewed and they prefer a new spokesperson for the new line Ampera electric car, singer Katie Melua. Former Eurovision stars have
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Katie Melua
  • 2016
    Age 31
    Melua's seventh album, In Winter, will be released on 14 October 2016.
    More Details Hide Details For this record, Melua went back to her native Georgia to record an album with the Gori Women's Choir, a native Georgian all-woman singing troupe. Melua revealed during an interview with The Guardian that her partnership with Mike Batt had come to an end after her last album, as it was a six album deal with Batt's Dramatico records. "It was a six-album deal,” she explains, “so when the sixth one was done, you know – it was finished and it was time for us to part ways.. It was maybe a bit more mutual on one side than the other. Yeah – it wasn’t easy, as you can imagine. And I’m still incredibly proud of the work we did together. But it had to happen and I think it has been mutual … um, eventually."
  • 2013
    Age 28
    Katie is a patron of the Manx Cancer Help charity, which offers support to cancer sufferers and is based on the Isle of Man. She attended the 2013 fundraising ball for the charity.
    More Details Hide Details In April 2006, for The Sun newspaper, Melua chose fourteen pieces of her favourite music that she enjoyed and had the biggest musical influence on her. The pieces she chose were Paul Simon's "Hearts and Bones", Jeff Buckley's version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", Joni Mitchell's "Marcie", Bob Dylan's "Masters of War", James Taylor's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)", Chuck Berry's "No Particular Place to Go", Portishead's "Glory Box", Björk's "The Pleasure Is All Mine", Camille's "Au Port", Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name", Bobbie Gentry's "Fancy", Finley Quaye's "Even After All", Suzanne Vega's "Caramel" and Babyshambles' "Fuck Forever". Melua has said on numerous occasions how Queen were a huge influence on her as a child/teenager, with one of her memories of music being her uncle playing records by Queen and Led Zeppelin. She performed with Queen at the 46664 concert in South Africa in March 2005.
    Melua's sixth studio album, Ketevan, was released on 16 September 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Ketevan entered the UK charts at number 6 - Katie joined a very small group of female artists, which includes Madonna and Kate Bush, who have scored 6 consecutive UK top 10 studio albums. Ketevan also entered the top 10 in France, Poland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland in its first week of release.
  • 2012
    Age 27
    In January 2012, Melua confirmed her engagement to World Superbike racer James Toseland. The couple married on 1 September 2012 in the Nash Conservatory at the Royal Botanic Gardens in London.
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  • 2007
    Age 22
    Melua's third album, Pictures, was released in the UK on 1 October 2007 and was announced to be, at least temporarily, the last of her albums in collaboration with Mike Batt as lead writer and producer.
    More Details Hide Details It also features Melua's friend Molly McQueen, the former frontwoman of The Faders, as co-writer of "Perfect Circle". Melua also collaborated with Andrea McEwan on the album, who wrote the lyrics for "What I Miss About You" and "Dirty Dice". The album also featured a cover of "In My Secret Life" by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson. Melua said of the cover, "It completely got to me, about how we all have great ideals but in reality we end up conforming, following everyone else." Melua released four singles from the album: "If You Were a Sailboat", "Mary Pickford", "If the Lights Go Out", and "Ghost Town". "Mary Pickford", written by Mike Batt, was about the silent film star of the same name. "Ghost Town" was Melua's first reggae-sounding song. The iTunes version of the album includes a cover of the Prince song "Under the Cherry Moon" as a bonus track.
    On 7 July 2007, Melua performed at the German leg of Live Earth in Hamburg and in December of that year, Melua released a cover of the Louis Armstrong song "What a Wonderful World" in which she sang with a recording of the late Eva Cassidy.
    More Details Hide Details All profits from the single, which entered the UK singles chart at No. 1 on 16 December 2007, went to the Red Cross. Melua has visited Oxfam charity shops for many years, using them frequently to buy her clothing. She has stated that this is related as much to her dislike of spending and glamour as it is to her support for the charity, and admits that she looks "like a tramp" and that her hairdresser playfully calls her look "the Romanian window cleaner". Katie is also patron of Fair Trees, the organisation that is trying to stop exploitation of cone pickers in Ambrolauri, Georgia, by the European Christmas tree industry. The local people in this region of Georgia are paid a pittance to risk their lives climbing 30 m high fir trees to collect the cones from which the seeds are extracted and sent to Christmas tree nurseries in Europe. Until Fair Trees came along these cone pickers were given no safety equipment or training, no health insurance and very little pay; every year people are injured and even killed doing this work. Fair Trees grow and sell the only fair trade Christmas trees in the world (certified by the WFTO).
    Melua's concert is commemorated in the DVD release Concert Under the Sea, released in June 2007.
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    Melua appeared in a segment of the 2007 film Grindhouse, written by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.
    More Details Hide Details The segment in which Melua appeared, entitled "Don't", was a faux trailer, directed by Edgar Wright and produced in the style of a 1970s' Hammer House of Horror film trailer. In 2009, Melua was named as the new face of the leading French cashmere designer, Eric Bompard. On 2 October 2006, Melua entered the Guinness Book of Records for playing the deepest underwater concert 303 metres below sea level on the Norwegian Statoil's Troll A platform in the North Sea. Melua and her band underwent extensive medical tests and survival training in Norway before flying by helicopter to the rig. Melua later described achieving the record as "the most surreal gig I have ever done".
  • 2006
    Age 21
    Towards the end of 2006, Melua released the single, "It's Only Pain", which was written by Mike Batt.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by the release of "Shy Boy", also written by Batt.
    Melua embarked on a concert tour in support of Piece by Piece, the UK leg of which started in Aberdeen, Scotland on 20 January 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 20
    On 30 September 2005, Melua came under criticism in The Guardian from writer and scientist Simon Singh for the lyrics of the track "Nine Million Bicycles".
    More Details Hide Details Melua's disputed lyrics were: They were interpreted by Singh as an assault on the accuracy of the work of cosmologists which sparked a series of letters from other Guardian readers, agreeing or disagreeing. On 15 October, Melua and Singh appeared on the BBC's Today programme, and Melua unveiled a re-recording of the song which included Singh's tongue-in-cheek amendments to the lyrics: Both sides amicably agreed that the new lyrics were less likely to achieve commercial success, amidst a discussion about scientific accuracy versus artistic licence. Melua said that she "should have known better" because she used to be a member of the astronomy club at school. A double A-side of the Melua-penned "I Cried for You" and a cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven" (1988), which is the theme song to the film Just Like Heaven, was released in the UK on 5 December and peaked at number 35. "I Cried for You" was inspired by a meeting with the writer of Holy Blood, Holy Grail.
    The album debuted at the number one spot on the UK Albums Chart on the week of 3 October 2005.
    More Details Hide Details This album broke Melua across Europe where it sold 1 million copies in Germany alone and achieved the number one position in Billboard's "European" albums chart. It was 4X platinum in UK and in Ireland, 3X platinum in Norway, Denmark, Holland and Germany, 2X platinum in Poland and Switzerland and at least platinum or gold in France, Iceland, South Africa, Austria, Belgium, New Zealand and Sweden. Worldwide sales to date are in excess of 3.5 million.
    Melua's second album, Piece by Piece, was released on 26 September 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Its lead single was "Nine Million Bicycles", which was released a week before the album on 19 September and was number 3 in the UK singles chart. The album contains four more songs written by Melua herself, four more by Batt (including "Nine Million Bicycles"), one Batt/Melua collaboration and three more songs described as new versions of "great songs". The band line-up was the same as on the first album.
    Then in March 2005, Melua sang "Too Much Love Will Kill You" with Brian May at the 46664 concert in George, South Africa for Nelson Mandela's HIV charity.
    More Details Hide Details Melua had been a fan of Queen since her childhood in Georgia when her uncles played the band's music, so performing with May was a realisation of a childhood dream. Later in 2005, through her role as a goodwill ambassador to the charity Save the Children, Melua went to Sri Lanka where she observed the work the charity was doing for children in the area after the civil war and Indian Ocean tsunami. In 2006 Melua donated all the proceeds from her single "Spider's Web" to the charity.
  • 2003
    Age 18
    Wogan's support raised Melua's profile and when Call Off the Search was released in November 2003 supported by a TV campaign financed by Batt, it entered the top 40 UK albums chart.
    More Details Hide Details The single achieved the number 10 spot in the UK chart. After an appearance on the Royal Variety Show the album was further boosted and Batt continued a relentless marketing campaign which saw the album hit the number one spot in January 2004. Call Off the Search reached the top five in Ireland, top twenty in Norway and top thirty in a composite European chart. In the UK the album sold 1.9 million copies, making it six times platinum, and spent six weeks at the top of the UK charts. It sold 3.6 million copies worldwide. Subsequent singles from the album did not repeat the success of the first – the second single and album title track "Call Off the Search" reached number 19, and the third single "Crawling up a Hill" got to number 41. The album achieved 6X platinum status in UK, 3X platinum in Norway, 2X platinum in Germany, Holland, Denmark and Ireland, Platinum in South Africa, Australia and Switzerland and Gold in New Zealand and Hong Kong.
    Melua's debut album, Call Off the Search, was released on 3 November 2003 and featured two songs written by Melua: "Belfast (Penguins and Cats)", a song about Melua's experience of her time in the troubled capital of Northern Ireland, and "Faraway Voice", a song about the death of Eva Cassidy.
    More Details Hide Details Melua also covered songs by Delores J. Silver ("Learnin' the Blues"), John Mayall ("Crawling up a Hill"), Randy Newman ("I Think It's Going to Rain Today") and James Shelton ("Lilac Wine", originally a UK hit for singer Elkie Brooks). The other six songs on the album were by Mike Batt. It was initially difficult for Melua and Batt to obtain airplay for the album's lead single, "The Closest Thing to Crazy". This changed when BBC Radio 2 producer Paul Walters heard the single and played it on the popular Terry Wogan breakfast show. Wogan played "The Closest Thing to Crazy" frequently in the summer of 2003.
    Melua is signed to the small Dramatico record label, under the management of composer Mike Batt, and made her musical debut in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, she was the United Kingdom's best-selling female artist and Europe's highest selling European female artist. In November 2003, at the age of nineteen, Melua released her first album, Call Off the Search, which reached the top of the United Kingdom album charts and sold 1.8 million copies in its first five months of release. Her second album, Piece by Piece, was released in September 2005 and has gone platinum four times. Melua released her third studio album Pictures in October 2007. According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2008, Melua had a fortune of £18 million, making her the seventh richest British musician under thirty. It was reported in 2009 that she may have lost millions as a result of the global economic downturn., Melua could have a £12m fortune and she came second in the under 30 rich list.
  • 2000
    Age 15
    Due to her upbringing in politically unstable Georgia and troubled Belfast, Melua initially planned to become either a historian or a politician. This changed in 2000, at the age of fifteen, when Melua took part in a talent competition on British television channel ITV called "Stars Up Their Noses" (a spoof of Stars in Their Eyes) as part of the children's programme Mad for It.
    More Details Hide Details Melua won the contest by singing Badfinger's "Without You". The prize was £350 worth of MFI vouchers, with which she bought a chair for her father. Had she lost the contest, she would have been gunged. After completing her GCSEs, Melua attended the BRIT School for the Performing Arts in the London Borough of Croydon, undertaking a BTEC with an A-level in music. When studying at the school, Melua began to write songs and met her future manager and producer, Mike Batt. While performing at BRIT School showcase, Melua caught the eye of songwriter and producer Mike Batt. Batt was originally looking for an acid-rock band, bass player and a singer capable of singing "jazz and blues in an interesting way". After hearing Melua sing "Faraway Voice" (a song she wrote about the death of her idol Eva Cassidy) Batt signed the 18-year-old Melua to his small Dramatico recording and management company and took her into the studio, producing her first three albums during the ensuing years.
  • 1993
    Age 8
    In 1993, in the aftermath of the Georgian Civil War, the family moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland, where her father took up a position at the Royal Victoria Hospital.
    More Details Hide Details The family remained in Belfast, living close to Falls Road, until Melua was thirteen. During her time in Northern Ireland, Melua attended St Catherine's Primary School on the Falls Road and later moved to Dominican College, Fortwilliam. The Melua family then moved to Sutton, London, and some time later moved again to Redhill, Surrey. In 2008, Melua moved out of her parents' home in Maida Vale to an apartment in Notting Hill, where she transformed the spare bedroom into a recording studio. Melua is fluent in English and Russian; despite still speaking Georgian fluently she has admitted that she cannot write songs in the language. Melua is also partly of Canadian and Russian ancestry. During the South Ossetia War in 2008, Melua's brother and mother were staying with relatives in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Melua was due to travel to Georgia herself less than a month later.
  • 1984
    Born on September 16, 1984.
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