Katie Melua performs with
Katie Melua has
certainly experienced her share of success lately! After signing a five album
recording deal and management contract with DRAMATICO, she began working
with Mike Batt on the songs for her first album "Call Off The Search". The
jazzy/bluesy project produced the single, "The Closest Thing To Crazy", that
went to number ten on the UK singles charts in December 2003 with the album
reached number one in January 2004.
"I was born in Georgia in the former USSR (red wine, Stalin,
Shevardnadze, Katie Melua) in 1984, living in Moscow for a while when I was
three or four. Not surprisingly I don¹t remember a lot of Moscow back
in the communist
time, although one thing I do remember is that the place we were staying
in did the most amazing pancakes I¹ve ever tasted. Leaving Moscow and
the pancakes I spent most of my childhood in Georgia in the seaside town
of Batumi. There's really nothing better than swimming in the Black Sea.
When I was nine, my dad got a job as a heart surgeon in Belfast, so we moved
there. When I told this to one of my teachers later on in England he described
the move as: "From the frying pan into the fire". I never really viewed it
as that because I had a great childhood both in Georgia and Northern Ireland.
I found the people in Northern Ireland extremely warm and made great friends
at St. Catherine's primary school and Dominican College, Fortwilliam.
I went to catholic schools in Northern Ireland while my
younger brother went to a protestant school. I didn¹t always want to
be a singer or songwriter. My ambition when I was thirteen was to be a politician
or a historian. I honestly thought I'd be able to bring peace to the world....
If I ruled it! We lived in Belfast for five years after which we moved to
South East London. There I went to Nonsuch high school for girls. When I
was fifteen I entered a TV talent competition singing Mariah Carey's "Without
You". I won the competition (the prize was a bedroom makeover and an arm
chair for my dad) and also gained valuable experience by performing live
on ITV three times.
Moving so much didn't really bother me, cause you get
so used to it. I've been to seven different schools, the final one being
the Brit School for Performing Arts where I did a BTEC, and Music
I started writing songs two years ago and have (with my
parents' help) a small studio set-up at home. My influences are Queen, Joni
Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Eva Cassidy, Irish folk music and Indian music. I strongly
believe that great artists are artists who are original and talented in their
music and performance. Music should be performed live. It is offensive to
the audience if you mime. I always get a warm feeling when I see someone
holding either a guitar case or a violin case on the street, - it's like
I know I'd get on well with that person and I always smile or say hi."
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