Katie Melua 凱蒂·瑪露俄羅斯人，成長於俄羅斯及英國。2003年底她的
首支單曲「The Closest Thing To Crazy」發行便強登英國金榜Top 10。
Eva Cassidy。而在被Mike Batt發掘的那天，Katie所演唱的正好就是受Eva
Queen、Joni Mitchell、Bob Dylan和印度音樂及愛爾蘭民謠等多類樂風的影響。
Katie Melua was born in Georgia (former USSR) in 1984, growing up
under the communist regime in the capital, Tbilisi. The family
left Georgia when Katie was eight and moved to Belfast where her
father got a job as a heart surgeon. Katie didn't always want to
be a singer or songwriter. Her ambition when she 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!)」 The family lived in
Belfast for five years before moving to South East London. At
sixteen, Katie joined the BRIT School for Performing Arts.
Composer/producer Mike Batt paid a visit to the school. Katie
signed to Batt's record label Dramatico, but stayed at the BRIT
School to complete her studies where she graduated with
distinction in July 2003.
Unable to secure a contract with a Major record company, Katie and
Mike decided to put her album Call Off The Search (containing the
song 「The Closest Thing To Crazy」) out on Batt's own, small record
label. After an appearance on The Royal Variety Show, 19 year old
Katie shot to the top of the UK album charts and became the
biggest selling female artist for the next two years. Her two
albums, (the second of which contained the hit 「Nine Million
Bicycles」) have sold more than 10 million copies to date. She and
her family took British nationality in 2005. In December 2007,
Katie topped the charts with a duet with her idol, the late Eva
Cassidy, entitled 「What A Wonderful World」, with proceeds from the
single going to support the UK work of the British Red Cross.
The past years have been quite extraordinary for Katie (now 24).
She has had a Dutch tulip named in her honor, met and played for
Nelson Mandela in South Africa visiting his Aids charity, has
become a hard working Ambassador for Save The Children, raced at
160mph around Grand Prix, flown a plane, learned to dive and
parachute freefall, set a Guinness World Record for deepest
underwater concert (19 miles under water on a gas rig in the North
Sea), and picked up various prestigious awards within Europe,
including a World Music Award, a Golden Camera Award, and two
German Echo Awards.
Katie's third studio album, Pictures, confirms Katie's status as a
unique and remarkable vocalist, and reveals the third chapter of
what is destined to be a long musical career.