Call Off the Search reached the top five in Ireland, top 20 in Norway and top 30 in a composite European chart. [18][77] 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. [17] 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,[18] and admits that she looks "like a tramp" and that her hairdresser playfully calls her look "the Romanian window cleaner".[82]. [42], For her fourth album, The House (2010), Melua worked with producer William Orbit. 'Album No.8' is out now. [22][23], She is a baptised Georgian Orthodox Christian. She moved to the United Kingdom at the age of eight – first to Belfast, and then to London in 1999. 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. Were you there? Its lead single was the Mike Batt song, "Nine Million Bicycles", which was released a week before the album on 19 September and was number three in the UK singles chart. Available to pre-order now … The Georgian-born British singer, 36, … [33] Interviewed on ITV's Lorraine live from West London on 16 October 2020, Melua confirmed the couple had divorced and have "Great respect for each other. In 2017, she released a cover version of "Fields of Gold", the official song for Children in Need. 71.8k Followers, 419 Following, 716 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Katie Melua (@katiemeluaofficial) An accomplished songwriter and musician some of Melua's most well-known hits include ‘Nine Million Bicycles’, ‘The Closest Thing to Crazy’, ‘Perfect World’, and her now infamous cover of ‘Wonderful Life’. Stream Tracks and Playlists from Katie Melua on your desktop or mobile device. "I Cried for You" was inspired by a meeting with the writer of Holy Blood, Holy Grail. Most Read. [19] During her time in Northern Ireland, Melua attended St Catherine's Primary School on the Falls Road and later moved to Dominican College, Fortwilliam. [48], 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 later described achieving the record as "the most surreal gig I have ever done". "[30], In January 2012, Melua confirmed her engagement to World Superbike racer and musician James Toseland. She moved to the United Kingdom at the age of eight – first to Northern Ireland and then to London in 1999. After growing up in … In June 2020, Melua supported the Georgian Red Cross Society in their efforts to assist the vulnerable population in Georgia during the COVID-19 pandemic by performing a live charity concert featuring songs that were requested by her followers on her social media accounts. 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. Buy/Listen: Spent my Christmas gift money on this Katie Melua album, and what a great choice ! [47] 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. [41][failed verification] 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 subsequent years, plus her fifth and sixth albums. Monday 16 November 2020. [10] Melua released her third studio album Pictures in October 2007. [36] This changed in 2000, at the age of 15, 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. Helpful. [61], Melua's fourth album, The House, was released on 24 May 2010. Melua is fluent in English and speaks some Russian; despite still speaking her native Georgian fluently she has admitted that she cannot write songs in the language. 226 Tracks. Here are the most recent UK tour dates we had listed for Katie Melua. Katie Melua. Comment Report abuse. Katie Melua - Album No.8 (album artwork) A gloriously cinematic exploration of love, with lyrics written by Katie Melua, and production by Leo Abrahams – ‘A LOVE LIKE THAT’ is a true tour-de-force of artistic and lyrical maturity. Buy Tickets. Batt's disputed lyrics were: We are 12 billion light-years from the edge. The album debuted at the number one spot on the UK Albums Chart in the week of 3 October 2005. Over the past few years, Melua has been returning regularly to Georgia and making music there now that the quality of the region’s recording studios have improved. D. Elliott. Melua was the best-selling UK female artist of 2004 and 2005. 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". When asked about Melua being an 'adrenaline junkie', Mike Batt said, "she enjoys extremes, but in life her emotions are always in check". People born on a Sunday can often rely on sympathy from others and generally have luck on their side. She said about the experience: "The whole thing has been really exciting. 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I had always wanted to do this one day; singing other people's songs brings something out of you and your voice that isn't perhaps where you would have gone vocally with your own material."[64]. It was the same feeling I had the first time I went skydiving. Katie Melua was born on September 16, 1984 in Kutaisi, Georgian SSR, USSR as Ketevan Melua. 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. 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). It was co-produced by Mike Batt and his son, singer-songwriter Luke Batt, both of whom contributed songs, separately and in collaboration with Melua. Your Longing Is Gone (Acoustic Version). [citation needed] "Ghost Town" was Melua's first reggae-sounding song. Katie Melua Online / Streaming Events. Melua also collaborated with Andrea McEwan on the album, who wrote the lyrics for "What I Miss About You" and "Dirty Dice". [5] Melua is signed to the small Dramatico record label, under the management of composer Mike Batt,[6] and made her musical debut in 2003. Katie Melua, Soundtrack: Miss Potter. Online / Streaming Events. [71], Melua appeared in a segment of the 2007 film Grindhouse, written by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. 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Dec 15 2020. "....It was petrifying, but it put a stop to fantasies of being able to do anything. 13. More on this story. Pre-order and hear the new single, A Love Like That, now.. London. [20] When living in Belfast, Melua attended the Roman Catholic schools St Catherine's Primary School and Dominican College, Fortwilliam, while her younger brother attended Protestant schools. This changed when BBC Radio 2 producer Paul Walters heard the single and played it on the popular Terry Wogan breakfast show. [79], On 7 July 2007, Melua performed at the German leg of Live Earth in Hamburg[80] 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. That's a guess – no-one can ever say it's true, but I know that I will always be with you.[48]. 30.05.20 > Artists4NHS - Scarborough Fair. Who is Katie Melua dating? [73], 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. [81], Melua has visited Oxfam charity shops for many years, using them frequently to buy her clothing. Katie Melua was born in Kutaisi, Georgia on Sunday, September 16, 1984 (Millennials Generation). [83], Melua has stated that the rock band 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. THE NEW FULL LENGTH STUDIO ALBUM, INCLUDES THE SINGLES 'A LOVE LIKE THAT' AND 'YOUR LONGING IS GONE'. The family remained in Belfast, living close to Falls Road, until Melua was 14. [56], Melua's third album, Pictures, was released in the UK on 1 October 2007[57] and was announced to be, at least temporarily, the last of her albums in collaboration with Mike Batt as lead writer and producer. Ketevan "Katie" Melua is a Georgian-British singer and songwriter. The album was produced, arranged and conducted by Mike Batt. The deal includes rights to Melua’s future titles, including her newly released eighth studio album, Album No. 3,927 talking about this. While we don't know Katie Melua birth time, but we do know her mother gave birth to her on a Sunday. The latest breaking news, comment and features from The Independent. We will also look at Katie’s biography, facts, net worth, and much more. to raise money for famine relief in Africa. Dec 01 2020. Melua plays down diving 'fright' … [58] The album also featured a cover of "In My Secret Life" by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson. Katie Melua NEW video OUT NOW – Album No.8 OUT 16th October. It was more about going towards something. Secret Symphony is now my favourite Katie Melua album and i hope that I do not have to wait quite as long for the next one; although as she is about to get married I suspect that i might have to. Tickets are not on sale for this event yet. 8. 30th June 2020 reviewsphere Blues, Jazz, MUSIC New Releases, News, Pop 0. [6] In November 2009, Melua nearly drowned after she breathed in and choked on a lungful of water when diving in a lake near Heathrow Airport. [5] After completing her GCSEs at the all-girls' grammar school Nonsuch High School in Cheam, Sutton, Melua attended the BRIT School for the Performing Arts in the London Borough of Croydon, undertaking a BTEC with an A-level in music. The other six songs on the album were by Mike Batt.[44]. She has been married to James Toseland since September 1, 2012. Melua's second album, Piece by Piece, was released on 26 September 2005. Katie Melua - Concert From London's Rivoli Ballroom Online / Streaming Events. Deluxe CD contains 5 extra tracks including acoustic tracks plus ‘Forever’ written by Randy Newman. [9] Her second album, Piece by Piece, was released in September 2005 and to date[update] has gone platinum (one million units sold) four times. It was initially difficult for Melua and Batt to obtain airplay for the album's lead single, the Mike Batt song "The Closest Thing to Crazy". This page was last edited on 2 April 2021, at 22:39. All profits from the single, which entered the UK singles chart at No. It was 4X platinum in UK and 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. Melua said in a statement: "This album was going to be my 'singer's album'. [59] "Mary Pickford", written by Mike Batt, was about the silent film star of the same name and the formation of United Artists along with Charlie Chaplin, D W Griffith and Douglas Fairbanks . 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. Melua's sixth studio album, Ketevan, was released on 16 September 2013. Sunday Life. [11], According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2008, Melua had a fortune of £18 million, making her the seventh-richest British musician under the age of 30. [78] In 2006 Melua donated all the proceeds from her single "Spider's Web" to the charity. Album No. I was really quite nervous, but I knew all I had to do was let myself go and it was going to feel amazing. Katie Melua finds spider living in her ear This article is more than 6 years old Tiny spider, which had found its way in to singer’s ear via headphones and stayed for a week, is removed and set free [43], 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. Katie Melua's new single The Flood is out now. 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.[67]. This new album is no exception with her crystal cut diction and succinct sublime songs, all of which are brilliant, my very favourite is 'I Will Be There'. Buy/Listen: Melua said that she "should have known better" because she used to be a member of the astronomy club at school. [74] Melua's concert is commemorated in the DVD release Concert Under the Sea, released in June 2007. 2020 will see the release of 10 brand new songs under the title Album No. [62][63], Melua's fifth studio album, Secret Symphony was released on 5 March 2012 and also debuted high in the UK album chart. [26] Becoming a British citizen meant that Melua had held three citizenships before she was 21; first Soviet, then Georgian and finally, British. Headliners . On 30 September 2005, Melua came under criticism in The Guardian from writer and scientist Simon Singh for the lyrics (written by Mike Batt) of the track "Nine Million Bicycles". [24], While performing at BRIT School showcase, Melua caught the eye of songwriter and producer Mike Batt. The video for the song features British actor Billy Howle and was directed by Charlie Lightening,[69] who has directed videos for the likes of Paul McCartney, Jamiroquai and Liam Gallagher. The prize was £350 worth of MFI vouchers, with which she bought a chair for her father. Read more. The lead single off the album, "A Love like That", which was produced by Leo Abrahams,[69] received its first airplay on 30 June 2020 on BBC Radio 2. In your user account, you can import your Spotify library or ‘follow’ artists you find on our site to add them to your ‘favourites’. They were interpreted by Singh as an assault on the accuracy of the work of cosmologists[49] which sparked a series of letters from other Guardian readers, agreeing or disagreeing. Dec 04 2020. 4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow, Melodic Melua. Melua is signed to the small Dramatico record label, under the management of composer Mike Batt, and made her musical debut in 2003. Fair Trees grow and sell the only fair trade Christmas trees in the world (certified by the WFTO). ‘ALBUM No.8’ is Katie's forthcoming new studio album released October 16th. When Ketevan entered the UK charts at number 6, Melua joined a very small group of female artists, which includes Madonna and Kate Bush, who have scored six consecutive UK top 10 studio albums. Listen now. OUT NOW ON CD, DELUXE CD WITH BONUS TRACKS, 12" VINYL AND DIGITAL. We will send you email alerts every time one of your favourite artists goes on tour. [12], Ketevan Melua was born on 16 September 1984[13] to Amiran and Tamara Melua[14] in Kutaisi, Georgia, which was then part of the Soviet Union. 8 notebook. 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. "As a family, we have been very fortunate to find a happy lifestyle in this country and we feel we belong. The single achieved the number 10 spot in the UK chart. A new series of specially designed Album No. Katie Melua is currently married to James Toseland. Chart topping star Katie Melua has split from husband of six years, World Superbike racer and musician James Toseland. But newly divorced Katie Melua has said she now regrets her unrealistic portrayals of eternal romantic love. [53], A third single, "Spider's Web" was released on 17 April 2006 and peaked at number 52 in the UK. [31] The couple married on 1 September 2012 in the Nash Conservatory at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, southwest London. [65][66] 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. [55] This was followed by the release of "Shy Boy", also written by Batt. The multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter tells Nihal about her development as an artist and her new album which … I have a fair few of her CD's now and have heard her perform live at Hampton Court Palace Summer Festival in 2012 - she is consistently good. Today's date ( Click a heading to expand/collapse an entry. 8, on 16 October 2020. Click the banner above to toggle list of articles. TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE. Worldwide sales to date are in excess of 3.5 million. "[11], Melua released four singles from the album: "If You Were a Sailboat", "Mary Pickford", "If the Lights Go Out", and "Ghost Town". [50] On 15 October, Melua and Singh appeared on the BBC's Today programme, and Melua light-heartedly performed the song during the interview, including Singh's tongue-in-cheek amendments to the lyrics: We are 13.7 billion light-years from the edge of the observable universe / That's a good estimate with well-defined error bars / And with the available information / I predict that I will always be with you. Katie Melua. Click here for the > ARCHIVES) May 2020 Archive 31.05.20 > Katie Bite: Forgetting All My Troubles. [29], Melua opened up about the breakdown years later in an interview with The Independent, saying that it ended up being one of the best things that had ever happened to her, as she said it helped to quash a feeling of superiority she felt by being a successful musician in the music industry. The oddest thing about this job is the sense of superiority you get. Only two British female artists have reached the top 10 in U.K. album charts seven consecutive times. Album The House is out on on Monday 24 May. Batt was originally looking for an acid-rock band, bass player[40] and a singer capable of singing "jazz and blues in an interesting way". [75], In November 2004 Melua was asked to take part in Band Aid 20 in which she joined a chorus of British and Irish pop singers to create a rendition of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Ketevan "Katie" Melua (/ˈmɛluːə/;[3] Georgian: ქეთევან "ქეთი" მელუა, IPA: [kʰɛtʰɛvɑn mɛluɑ];[4] born 16 September 1984) is a Georgian-British singer and songwriter. [51], 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,[52] was released in the UK on 5 December and peaked at number 35. In 1993, when Melua was eight, the family moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the aftermath of the Georgian Civil War. The 35-year-old Georgia-born British singer tied-the … [46] 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 (500,000 units sold) in New Zealand and Hong Kong. The video for 'Airtime', which again featured actor Billy Howle and was also directed by Charlie Lightning, was shot around Herne Bay over two days and was filmed according to COVID-19 lockdown guidelines. 8. [24], Melua has not attended university, though she has often stated her desire to do so, saying that English literature, history and physics would be her courses of choice should she have the chance to go to university.[25]. [45] Wogan played "The Closest Thing to Crazy" frequently in the summer of 2003. A fansite for singer Katie Melua. Melua also covered songs by Delores J. "[34], Due to her upbringing in politically unstable Georgia and troubled Belfast,[35][failed verification] Melua initially planned to become either a historian or a politician. She attended the 2013 fundraising ball for the charity. Multi award-winning recording artist Katie Melua has announced an extensive headline winter 2020 tour. Melua is signed to the small Dramatico record label, under the management of composer Mike Batt, and made her musical debut in 2003. Cambridge Corn Exchange - CB2 3QE. 8 people found this helpful. I wasn't trying to get away from anything. [39], 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. [76] 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. Ketevan also entered the top 10 in France, Poland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland in its first week of release. Katie Melua is one of Britain’s most successful recording artists of the millennium selling more than 11 million albums, 1 million concert tickets and receiving 56 platinum awards. In 2006, she became the United Kingdom's best-selling female artist and Europe's highest selling European female artist. 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. [11] It also features Melua's friend Molly McQueen, the former frontwoman of The Faders, as co-writer of "Perfect Circle". 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. [85], Melua appeared on the BBC's The Culture Show in November 2006 advocating Paul McCartney as her choice in the search for Britain's greatest living icon. 7688 Followers. Melua's seventh album, In Winter, was released on 14 October 2016. [60], The iTunes version of the album includes a cover of the Prince song "Under the Cherry Moon" as a bonus track. Ketevan “Katie” Melua is a Georgian-British singer and songwriter. I wanted the music to be inspired by the future, something unknown that's never been heard before, but at the same time hold on to the values of the music of the past, to try and tap into something that's so ancient and old that it's kind of forgotten. KATIE MELUA shares video for ‘Your Longing Is Gone’ – Watch Now September 18, 2020 Mark Millar News , New music 0 Following its world exclusive play on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show, Katie Melua releases ‘Your Longing Is Gone’ from the forthcoming Album No. Over the past few years, Melua has been returning regularly to Georgia and making music there now that the quality of the region's recording studios have improved. [37] Melua won the contest by singing Badfinger's "Without You". [28], In September 2010, Melua was ordered by her doctors to stop working for a few months after suffering a nervous breakdown, resulting in her hospitalisation for six weeks. After the ceremony, Melua stated her pride at her newest nationality. 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.