|Genres:||Jazz Pop / Rock World|
Ketevan Melua, 16 September 1984, Kutaisi, Georgia, Russia. UK-based singer-songwriter Melua emerged in 2003 as a potential rival to US singer Norah Jones, whose jazzy Come Away With Me was the previous years surprise commercial success.
Melua was born in Georgia in the former USSR, spending some time in the Russian capital Moscow before relocating to the Georgian town of Batumi. Her family moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland when Katie was eight, and then London, England when she was in her early teens. At the age of 15 Melua appeared on the ITV television channel in a talent contest, and shortly afterwards joined the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon, Surrey. She began playing the guitar and writing her own material during this period and came to the attention of producer Mike Batt when he visited the school. After playing the UK music veteran a tribute song she had written for the late Eva Cassidy, Melua was...