Project Description

Katie Melua

Katie Melua, an accomplished singer, songwriter, composer and arranger, is one of Britain’s most successful musical artists, having sold in excess of 11 million albums and received more than 56 platinum awards. The daughter of a heart surgeon, she was born in Georgia’s second-largest city, Kutaisi, then in Soviet Georgia, in 1984, and spent her early years with her grandparents in the capital, Tbilisi. She moved to the UK with her parents when she was eight, first to Northern Ireland then England, where she studied at the BRIT School of Performing Arts. One of the UK’s highest-selling female recording artists of all time, Katie has released eight consecutive top 10 studio albums: Call Off The Search, Piece By Piece, Pictures, The House, Secret Symphony, Ketevan, In Winter, and Album No. 8. Some of her best-known hits include Nine Million Bicycles, The Closest Thing to Crazy, and her now celebrated cover of Wonderful Life. In Winter (2019), her 2xCD live album, featured the Gori Women’s Choir, and she has regularly returned to Georgia, most recently recording some of Album No. 8 (2020) in Tbilisi. She lately told the Belfast Telegraph: “My grandad is a chef, and when I was a child he’d have huge feasts – even in the Nineties, when the electricity was off and hot water and gas were hard to come by. I remember the tables overrun with food, and the wine-drinking ceremony in which there are lots of toasts … I always love listening to the poems during the toast-making.”

Thursday 25 February 18.00 – 19.10

Friday 26 February – 18.00 – 18.30