Ketevan “Katie” Melua (Georgian: ქეთევან “ქეთი” მელუა, surname articulated IPA:/ˈmeluˌɑː/; brought into the world 16 September 1984) is a British-Georgian vocalist lyricist and performer. She was conceived in the Georgian S.S.R., yet moved to Northern Ireland at eight years old and after that migrated to England at 14 years old. Melua is marked to the little Dramatico record name, under the administration of lyricist Mike Batt, and made her melodic introduction in 2003. In 2006, she was the United Kingdom’s greatest selling female craftsman and Europe’s most elevated selling European female craftsman.
In November 2003, at 19 years old, Melua discharged her first collection, Call off the Search, which achieved the highest point of the United Kingdom collection diagrams and sold 1.8 million duplicates in its initial five months of discharge. Her subsequent collection, Piece by Piece, was discharged in September 2005 and to date has gone platinum multiple times. Melua discharged her third studio collection Pictures in October 2007, which has been declared to be the remainder of her collections in a joint effort with Mike Batt. As indicated by the Sunday Times Rich List 2008, Melua has a fortune of £18 million, making her the seventh most extravagant British performer under thirty.
In the late spring of 2003, matured only 18 and as yet learning at the Brit School of Performing Arts in verdant Surrey, nobody, in particular Katie, would have anticipated what the following couple of years would hold for the youngster. After four years, Katie has sold more than 7.5 million collections getting to be, in 2006, the year’s top of the line British female on the planet en route.
Georgian conceived Katie moved from Tbilisi to Belfast at 8 years old because of her dad’s calling as a heart specialist and after 5 years moved to South East London. After her GCSEs Katie joined the Brit School for Performing Arts where she attempted a BTEC and Music A-level and found various styles of music including Queen, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Irish society music and Indian music. On hearing an Eva Cassidy tune Katie was overwhelmed and when she found that Eva was never again alive composed the tune ‘Faraway Voice’ as a tribute to her. It was this tune pulled in the consideration of the arranger and maker Mike Batt. Katie marked to Batt’s record name Dramatico yet remained at the Brit School to finish her examinations – she graduated with unique excellence in July 2003.
Throughout the mid year of 2003 her introduction single, ‘The Closest Thing To Crazy’, pulled in the consideration of British station BBC Radio 2 and upon its discharge entered the outlines at number 10. Discharged in November, Katie’s introduction collection ‘Cancel The Search’ hit the UK number 1 spot in January 2004 and has along these lines scored top 10 positions all through Europe. The collection has since been ensured gold in Holland, Hong Kong and Switzerland, platinum in Denmark, New Zealand and Australia, 2 x platinum in Germany, Ireland, Norway and South Africa and got the IFPI Double Platinum Award for 2 million European Sales. In March 2005 ‘Cancel The Search’ hit the number 1 spot in Denmark, a year after its underlying discharge and turned into a main five collection in Japan. Katie was granted Best International Newcomer at Germany’s ECHO Awards in April 2005. In Britain, Katie was the most noteworthy selling female craftsman in 2004 – ‘Cancel The Search’ has now sold 1.8 million duplicates and is 6 x platinum (in Britain alone) and overall deals surpass 3.5 million.
Katie joined the line up for the Band Aid 20 single to record another variant of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’. As a diplomat for Save The Children this was especially impactful for Katie. In March 2005 Katie was welcomed by Nelson Mandela to perform at his 46664 show in help of Mandela’s AIDS establishment. Notwithstanding playing out a full live set, Katie joined Queen in front of an audience to play out a moving rendition of ‘A lot of Love Will Kill You’. Katie flew from South Africa to Sri Lanka where she encountered the work that is being finished by Save The Children, especially with tyke warriors.
In August 2005 Katie and her family swore faithfulness to The Queen and ended up British Citizens following a service in Surrey, England. Katie was approached to perform at the Royal Wedding of Prince Pieter-Christiaan in Holland and at the Norwegian Royal Gala Concert within the sight of the Crown Prince Of Norway. Proceeding with the regal topic, the American TV show ‘Great Morning America’ communicate live from Buckingham Palace and Katie was welcomed by the show to perform ‘Nine Million Bicycles’ and ‘The Closest Thing To Crazy’. Katie performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Norway.
In the middle of her abroad travel Katie recorded her new collection, ‘Piece By Piece’, which was discharged in Europe on September 26th 2005. The collection involves increasingly self-wrote tunes including the title track just as a front of the 1987 Cure hit ‘Simply Like Heaven’ that Katie recorded for another DreamWorks film featuring Reese Witherspoon. The main single, ‘Nine Million Bicycles’, went before the collection discharge and gave Katie her most astounding UK single outline passage at number 5. Multi week later and Katie entered the UK collection diagrams at number 1 and Europe quickly pursued with the collection coming to #1 in Norway, Denmark and Holland, #2 in Ireland, #2 in Iceland, #3 in South Africa, #4 in Poland and #2 in Germany giving a general outline position of #2 on the Billboard European Top 100 Chart.
Katie was designated for two Brit Awards in the “Best Female” and “Pop” classifications, for the “Best International Female” at the Edison Awards in Holland and was granted “Best International Female (Rock and Pop)” at the Echo Awards in Germany. By and by Katie was articulated the most noteworthy selling female craftsman in Britain in 2005 selling more than 1 million collections.
Any reasonable person would agree that 2006 was one more phenomenal year for multi year old Katie. Notwithstanding the honors selections, Katie had a Dutch tulip named in her respect, visited America across the nation, dashed at 160mph round Grand Prix circuit Silverstone, flew a plane, propelled Save The Children’s ‘Change The Future’ crusade, stood out as truly newsworthy with a Guinness World Record for the most profound show when she performed 303 meters underneath the North Sea in the leg of a gas rig and was granted the World Music Award for Britain’s Biggest Selling Female. While in 2004 and 2005, Katie was the best selling female craftsman in Britain, in 2006 Katie was the most astounding selling European female craftsman on the planet selling in excess of 3 million duplicates of her subsequent collection ‘Piece By Piece’.
Granted the Golden Camera Award for International Pop Artist toward the beginning of 2007, Katie was given the Echo Award for International Female Artist in March 2007.
October 2007 saw the arrival of Katie’s third collection ‘Pictures’ – a record which has charmed her armies of fans, affirmed Katie’s status as a one of a kind and amazing vocalist, and uncovered the third part in what is bound to be a long melodic vocation.
Katie’s fourth collection, “The Katie Melua Collection”, is a melodic synopsis of the multi year old’s adventure up until now and is being discharged to correspond with Katie’s field visit in October and November 2008.