Katie Melua is a Georgian and British singer and songwriter. Melua released her eighth studio album, Album No. October 8, 16, 2020. In the summer of 2022, Melua announced a new collaborative album with Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Simon Goff, Aerial Objects.
Katie Melua Personal Life
Katie Melua was born on 16 September 1984 in Kutaisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union to Amiran, a heart specialist, and Tamara Melua, a nurse. During the time of her birth, Georgia was then part of the Soviet Union. She has a younger brother named Zurab Melua.
In 1993, when Melua was eight, she along with the family moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland, after the Georgian Civil War. Her father began working, as a heart surgeon at the Royal Victoria Hospital. The family lived near Falls Road in Belfast until Melua was 14 years old.
The Melua family then moved to Sutton, London, and after a while moved again to Redhill, Surrey. In 2008, Melua moved from her parent’s home in Maida Vale to a flat in Notting Hill, where she converted the spare bedroom into a recording studio.
Melua speaks fluent English and speaks a little Russian; despite still being fluent in her native Georgian, she admitted that she cannot write songs in the language.
On August 10, 2005, she became a British citizen along with her parents and brother. The citizenship ceremony took place in Weybridge, Surrey. Becoming a British citizen meant that Melua held three citizenships before turning 21; first the Soviet Union, then Georgia, and finally the British.
Katie Melua Career
After growing up in politically volatile Georgia, Melua originally planned to become either a historian or a politician. That changed in 2000, at the age of 15, when Melua took part in the talent show “Stars Up Their Noses” of the British television channel ITV, a parody of “Stars in Their Eyes” as part of the children’s show “Mad for It”. Melua won the competition singing “Without You” by Badfinger. The prize was £350 worth of notes which she used to buy her father a chair. If she had lost the race, she would have been shot.
Melua’s debut album, Call Off the Search, was released on 3 November 2003 and featured two Melua-penned songs: “Belfast (Penguins and Cats)”, a song about Melua’s experiences during her time in the troubled capital of North- Ireland, and “Faraway Voice”, Eva’s song about Cassidy’s death. Melua also played songs by Delores J. Silver (“Learning the Blues”), John Mayall (“Climbing Up a Hill”), Randy Newman (“I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today”), and James Shelton (“Lilac Wine”), which was originally a UK hit for singer Elkie Brooks). The remaining six tracks on the album were by Mike Batt. Wogan’s support raised Melua’s profile and when Call Off the Search was released in November 2003, supported by a TV campaign funded by Batt, it entered the UK Top 40 Album Chart.
The single reached number 10 in the UK charts. Following an appearance at the Royal Music Hall, the album gained further momentum and Batt continued a relentless marketing campaign which saw the album reach number one in January 2004. Call Off the Search reached the top five in Ireland, top 20 in Norway, and number one, 30 on the European Composite 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, with the second single and the album’s title track “Call Off the Search” peaking at number 19 and the third single “Crawling up a Hill” peaking at number 41. The album went 6x platinum in the UK, 3x platinum in Norway, 2x platinum in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Ireland, platinum in South Africa, Australia, and Switzerland, and gold (500,000 copies sold) in New Zealand and Hong Kong. Congress Melua’s second album, Piece by Piece, was released on 26 September 2005. Its lead single was “Nine Million Bicycles” by Mike Batt, which was released a week before the album on 19 September and reached number three on the UK Singles Chart. Diagram.
The record has four more songs written by Melua herself, four more songs written by Batt (including “Nine Million Bicycles”), one Batt/Melua collaboration, and three more songs described as reissues of “good songs”. The band composition was the same as in the first album. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart on 3 October 2005. Melua’s third album, Pictures, was released in the UK on 1 October 2007 and was announced to be her last, at least for the time being, with co-writer and producer Mike Batt. It also has Melua’s friend Molly McQueen, former frontman of The Faders, writing “Perfect Circle”. Melua also collaborated on the album with Andrea McEwan, who wrote the lyrics to “What I Miss About You” and “Dirty Dice”.
The album also featured a cover version of “In My Secret Life” by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson. Melua released four singles from the album: “If You Were a Sailboat”, “Mary Pickford”, “If the Lights Go Out” and “Ghost Town”. Written by Mike Batt, “Mary Pickford” was about the silent film star of the same name and the formation of the group United Artists with Charlie Chaplin, DW Griffith, and Douglas Fairbanks. “Ghost Town” was Melua’s first reggae-sounding song. Melua’s fourth album The House was released on May 24, 2010. Lauren Christy, Guy Chambers, and Rick Nowels are produced by William Orbit. Melua’s fifth studio album, Secret Symphony, was released on 5 March 2012 and also debuted high on the UK Albums Chart.
Melua’s sixth studio album, Ketevan, was released on 16 September 2013. It was produced by Mike Batt and his son, singer-songwriter Luke Batt, whom both contributed to the songs separately and in collaboration with Melua. Melua debuted a full-orchestral version of first single “I Will Be There” at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in July 2013. The song is described as “a soft and moving ballad supported by Melua’s beautifully compassionate vibrato and a majestically building orchestral arrangement”, the song was composed by Mike Batt.
Melua’s seventh album In Winter was released on October 14, 2016For this album, Melua returned to her native Georgia to record the album with the Gori Women’s Choir, an all-female Georgian singing group. In an interview with The Guardian, Melua revealed that her collaboration with Mike Batt ended after her last album due to a six-album deal with Batt’s Dramatico Records.
Melua released her eighth studio album, Album No. October 8, 16, 2020. In the summer of 2022, Melua announced a new collaborative album with Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Simon Goff, Aerial Objects. The album was released on CD and digitally through BMG on July 15, 2022. In January 2023, Melua announced that her new album Love and Money would be released through BMG on March 24, 2023. Leo Abrahams, who worked with Melua on this year’s album 2020 Album No. 8, returned for plate production.
She appeared in an episode of the film Grindhouse, released in 2007, written by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. The hilarious segment called “Don’t” was directed by Edgar Wright and styled in the style of a 1970 Hammer House of Horror trailer. In 2009, Melua has named the new face of leading French cashmere designer Éric Bompard.
Katie Melua Net Worth
Katie has a net worth of $22 million. She has gathered her fortune by being a singer and songwriter. She does many concerts which are attended by her fans as she has a wide fanbase.
Katie Melua Relationship
In January 2012, Melua confirmed her engagement to World Superbike racer and musician James Toseland. The couple married on 1 September 2012 at the Nash Conservatory at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, southwest London. In 2020, the couple divorced. On October 16, 2020, Melua confirmed that the couple has gotten divorced. In August 2022, Melua announced her pregnancy with her first child and gave birth to her son Sandro in December.
Katie Melua Education
When Katie was in Ireland, she attended St Catherine’s Primary School followed by Dominican College, Fortwilliam.
When she moved to Belfast, she attended Catholic schools, St Catherine’s Primary School and Dominican College, Fortwilliam. After completing her GCSEs at Nonsuch High School (Cheam Girls’ High School, Sutton), she joined the BRIT School for the Performing Arts in Croydon, London, and completed her BTEC in Music.
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Katie Melua Physical Stats
|Height||5 feet 2 inch|
Katie Melua Wiki/Bio
|Full Name||Ketevan “Katie” Melua|
|Date of Birth||16 September 1984|
|Age||38 (as of 2023)|
|Birthplace||Kutaisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union|
|Religion||Georgian Orthodox Christian|
|Nationality||British, Georgian, and Soviet|
|Profession||singer and songwriter.|
|Spouse||James Toseland (m. 2012–2020)|
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