Ketevan "Katie" Melua was born on September 16, 1984 in Georgia, but later moved to Northern Ireland at the age of eight and then relocated to England at the age of 14.

Because of her upbringing in politically unstable Georgia and troubled Belfast, Melua initially planned to become either a historian or a politician. Imagine that! We would have lost her amazing music. This changed in 2000 (fortunately), at the age of 15, when Melua took part in a talent competition on British television channel ITV called "Stars Up Their Noses" (a spoof of Stars in Their Eyes) as part of the children's programme Mad for It!. Melua won the contest by singing Badfinger's "Without You". The prize was £350 worth of MFI vouchers, with which she bought a chair for her father.

It was when performing at a Brit School showcase that Melua caught the eye of Mike Batt, an English songwriter and producer who was originally looking for an acid-rock band, bass player and a singer capable of singing "jazz and blues in an interesting way". After hearing Melua sing "Faraway Voice" (a song she wrote about the death of her idol Eva Cassidy) Batt signed the 18 year-old Melua to his small Dramatico recording and management company and sent her into the studio. She made her musical debut in 2003. By 2006, she was the United Kingdom's biggest-selling female artist and Europe's highest selling European female artist.

World Record

On 2 October 2006, Melua entered the Guinness Book of Records for playing the deepest underwater concert 303 metres below sea level on the Norwegian Statoil's Troll A platform in the North Sea. Melua and her band underwent extensive medical tests and survival training in Norway before flying by helicopter to the rig. Melua later described achieving the record as "the most surreal gig I have ever done". Melua's concert is commemorated in the DVD release, Concert Under the Sea, released in June 2007. 

And yes, she was the girl in the picture of the theme week, you see it now, don't you?. It wasn't so hard at the end.



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