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Katie Melua

Plucked from music school obscurity by songwriter/producer Mike Batt, Katie Melua quickly became the highest-selling female musician in the U.K., a feat that owed much of its success to her wildly popular 2003 debut. Melua was born in Soviet Georgia in 1984 and later moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her family pulled up stakes several years later and relocated to London, where Melua entered the B.R.I.T. School for the Performing Arts & Technology. The record industry-funded school had a habit of graduating talented artists like Floetry, and Melua became its next success when a 2003 showcase caught the attention of Batt, who'd been looking for a vocalist capable in both jazz and blues styles.

Call Off the Search, her debut album, was issued in the U.K. in November 2003 by Batt's own label, Dramatico Records. A comfortable, tasteful blend of jazz vocals, pop style, and adult contemporary sway, the album featured two cuts penned by Melua (including a tribute to one of her biggest influences, Eva Cassidy), as well as covers of material from John Mayall, Randy Newman, and the James Shelton classic "Lilac Wine." The single "Closest Thing to Crazy" hit number one in December, and by January of the following year, Call Off the Search had gone platinum (300,000 units in the U.K.). It continued selling copies for years, eventually going platinum six times.

Gigs in Europe followed, and in May 2004 Melua made her way to the U.S. for a round of club dates in support of the album's domestic release. She achieved even greater success with her 2005 follow-up, Piece by Piece, a heady blend of worldbeat and jazz-pop that topped both the international and British charts before setting its sights on the U.S. market in 2006. The similarly jazz-inflected Pictures followed a year later, and the concert recording Live at the O² Arena appeared in 2009. In 2010, Melua delivered the studio effort The House, which widened her sound with production from techno mastermind William Orbit. Two years later, she returned with the orchestral pop album Secret Symphony, featuring arrangements by longtime producer Batt. In 2013, Melua and Batt collaborated once again with the similarly orchestral-leaning Ketevan. ~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi
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Love her sound, crispness and diction; have to take a listen to her soundtrack song to 'Miss Potter' - about Beatrix Potter - 'When you taught me how to dance'. Great song and movie
Definition of CLASS!!!!
Extremely eclectic. I just love her. What a voice!
yvettesalter 4
nice soothing music:)
I hear the Eva Cassidy influence when I listen to Katie, especially on Just Like Heaven. Beautiful... .
a very generic cover of the cure. not much originality.
henryss
katie....i would love to see you in concert..... y o u r music is wonderful and you bring uniqueness to the covers you sing! bravo!!!! encore, encore.
The video for 'Mary Pickford' is a lot of fun to watch. Highly recommend it.
love her music
boogiespeed
very.... nice
tiheneage
I have never heard anyone sing like her before. She's definitely unique. Her voice is stikingly beautiful and versatile, not bland or common. I enjoy the very different songs she sings. Some singers sound the same in all of their songs, but not this artist.
Beautiful voice, but I don't really like this cover of Just like Heaven.
she's sensational. her Just Like Heaven is what The Cure would have done, if not for the fact they were roudy guys.
klinkye
This song from the Cure is not easily remade however, Katie pulls it off added a new dimesion to it!
Voice is bland and common, ten cent a dozen talent if you can call that talent. Nothing is moving or striking vocally. The music on the other hand is sultry and sensous.
dear you are sooooo cool
Love her voice.
wonderful haunting voice
gayathrie
Adore her and her music!
I am proud of her. I heard her song and fell in love with her :)
Katie Melua is my #1 singer!
reminds the paradise!
joannepeter. h i g g i n s
Katie's voice is such a pleassure to hear, i like the material she records
YES
connbellingh a m
She sounds like the vocalist from Mazzy Star...sleep y vocals and a general sexy vibe. Great!
hmsturgill
shes hot
Stellar. Just .... stellar.
Wow!
Goose Bumps...
beautiful!
Her voice reminds me of Bic Runga... I like her songs!
I love Pandora...it always seems to play artists at just the right time. Thank you Katie for making my morning better.

Peace
geephers
Not since Enya have I enjoyed an artist this much. Her songs and voice resonate in my head all the time! Many thanks
nkurtz82
A friend of mine in Stuttgart, Germany turned me on to Katie M. while I was visiting a couple of years ago. She was getting a lot of radio play there, and he had a copy of Piece By Piece. He made me a copy before I returned to the states and I've been playing it for people ever since.
cullens1
Excellent sound. Nothing like a good cigar, Irish Whiskey and a good tune from Katie Melua.
njer123
Started out looking for Norah Jones on Pandora, then heard this amazing voice. Found all her CDs now, she absolutely makes my spirit soar.
She's great! Her voice and music inspire me to paint, draw and write!!! I have the most beautiful day dreaming listening to her music... it makes my imagination run!!! Have to say that absolutely love the songs Call Off the Search and Piece by Piece!!!
Love it, will hope to find the CD.
Completely unique and yet has some aspects of classic, old-fashione d jazz. Absolutely wonderful!
KATIE SOUNDS A LITTLE LIKE NORA JONES,SHE IS A PRETTY LADY AND HAS A NICE SOFT VOICE,SHE IS A KEEPER I THINK...THAN K S PANDORA
Oh man...who the hell is this gem?....she' s awesome!!!!! A voice that melts the soul...
I'll agree she has that teasy cute look - and her voice mmmmmm! A bottle of wine, and the beach mmmmmmmmmm - o'kay sing your heart out - and I'll walk holding the key!
sliscomb1
Cute very cute! such a warm voice too!
jurubio5
I love "Shy Boy" and "My Secret Life"
cmpeters0
This is certainly a song that warmed my blood. I know artists hate to be compared but her voice reminds me of a young Maria Muldaur, which in my opinion is a great compliment. I really look forward to watching her mature as an artist over the years. Her talent has what it takes to endure over time!
Very nice voice, perfect for Sunday mornings while drinking coffee....
love to hear her do covers of the Cure!
slr379
I have always been told that music is a language that speaks to the soul and connects you to the world painted by the artist. After listening, you either move forward or retract but you must move. She has the power to move you forward!
Crawling up a Hill - sexy, bluesy - excellent
Love those lyrics... one of the best songs ever written.
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