September 16, 1984 - Tbilisi, Georgia
Katie Melua was born in the Soviet republic of Georgia. Her father is a heart surgeon, and, when she was 9, he took the family to settle in Belfast, Northern Ireland where he had been hired into a prestigious medical post. In her early teen years Melua did not aspire to be a singer. Instead, she was interested in history and politics.
Katie Melua's First Success as a Singer:
After 5 years in Northern Ireland Katie Melua's family moved to London. At the age of 15 she entered a talent competition on the ITV channel for fun and was victorious singing Mariah Carey's "Without You." Katie Melua completed her schooling as a student at the Brit School of the Performing Arts.
Quote from Katie Melua:
Referring to her interest in history and politics quoted on her official site:
"I honestly thought I'd be able to bring peace to the world.... If I ruled it!"
Call Off the Search:
While a student at the Brit School, Katie Melua was noticed by songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur Mike Batt when she was singing her self-composed song "Faraway Voice" about the late Eva Cassidy. She was signed to Batt's Dramatico label and set to work on her first album Call Off the Search. Katie Melua's first single "The Closest Thing to Crazy" drew the attention of BBC2 morning radio host Terry Wogan, and his support helped it debut in the UK pop top 10.
Quote About Katie Melua from Mentor Mike Batt:
From Katie Melua's official site:
"She is one of the most intelligent singers I've worked with for a very long time, - there are little reminders in her voice, of all sorts of other singers like Eartha Kitt and Edith Piaf, - of whom she has never heard. She exudes a modest confidence, is completely sure of herself and has a maturity far in advance of her age."
Katie Melua's Music:
Full-length streaming audio:
- Nine Million Bicycles
- Shy Boy
Full-length streaming video:
- Nine Million Bicycles
As a new, young celebrity, Katie Melua chose to assist in a variety of charitable causes. She joined the 20th anniversary Band Aid re-recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Sharon Osbourne invited Katie Melua to be a part of the celebrity recording of Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" to aid tsunami relief. In March 2005 she traveled to South Africa as a guest of Nelson Mandela to perform in a massive concert to benefit his AIDS foundation.
Piece By Piece:
Katie Melua's second album Piece By Piece was released in the UK in September 2005. It became her second consecutive #1 album and included the top 5 pop single "Nine Million Bicycles." Katie Melua has been named the highest selling female artist in the UK for both 2004 and 2005. Her first album Call Off the Search went 6 times platinum and Piece By Piece is already certified double platinum. Piece By Piece will be released in the US in June, 2006.