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Name: Katie Melua  
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Date of Birth: 16th September 1984
Place of Birth: Georgia
Profession: Singer
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Katie Melua

Ketevan Natasha "Katie" Melua (Georgian: ქეთი მელუა) (born September 16, 1984) is a singer and musician born in Georgia, but raised in Northern Ireland. Her first album Call Off the Search was released in 2003 and has reached the top of the United Kingdom album charts. Her second album, Piece by Piece was released on September 26, 2005.

Early life

Ketevan Melua was born in T'bilisi, Georgia in 1984 and spent most of her childhood in the town of Batumi, Ajaria where her father worked as a heart specialist. In 1993, the family moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland, as her father had won a position there, where she attended St. Catherine's primary school.

The family moved again to southwest London in 1998. At the age of 15, Melua won a talent competition on British TV channel ITV by singing Nilsson's Without You. In her final years of schooling, she attended the Brit School for the Performing Arts undertaking a BTEC with an A-level in music. She started writing songs in 2001 while studying at the school. She became a British citizen on August 11 2005.

Recording career

Melua was performing at a Brit School showcase when she caught the eye of Mike Batt, an English songwriter and producer who was looking for an artist capable of singing "jazz and blues in an interesting way." He signed her to his Dramatico recording and management company and sent her into the studios.

Call Off the Search album cover

Call Off the Search was released in the UK in November 2003 and featured songs by John Mayall, Randy Newman ("I Think it's Going to Rain Today") and James Shelton ("Lilac Wine") as well as songs by Melua and Batt. It became an immediate hit reaching #1 on the UK album chart in January 2004 and the top 20 of the Australian album charts in June 2004. The first single "The Closest Thing to Crazy" has reached top 5 in Ireland, top 10 in the UK, Top 20 in Norway, top 30 in a composite European chart and top 50 in Australia. In the UK, the album had sold 1.2 million copies making it 4X platinum and spending 6 weeks at the top of the charts.

She duetted with Jamie Cullum in a performance of "Love Cats" at the Brit Awards in February 2004 which added to her reputation.

Melua lent her talents to Band Aid 20 in November 2004 in which she joined a chorus of British pop stars to create a rendition of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" to raise money for famine relief in Africa. This was in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the original Band Aid.

On March 19, 2005, she realised one of her childhood dreams by performing the song "Too Much Love Will Kill You" with Queen at the 46664 concert in George, South Africa.

Piece by Piece album cover

Her second album, Piece by Piece, was released on September 26 2005. It includes the singles "Spider's Web", "Just Like Heaven", and "Nine Million Bicycles", the latter being released on September 19 of the same year. The first UK airplay for the single was on the Terry Wogan show August 1. The album contains four more songs written by Melua herself, four more by Batt, one cooperation between the both and three more songs are new versions of "great songs". The band lineup is the same as on the first album. The album debuted at the #1 spot of the UK Albums Chart on the week of October 3, 2005.

British Citizenship

In early August 2005, Melua became a British citizen after pledging allegiance to the Queen at a ceremony creating new British citizens.

Late August 2005 she played at a Dutch Royal House wedding.

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