She went to the Brit school of Performing Arts in Croydon, where Batt first spotted her.The musical impresario was looking for someone in the style of the late Eva Cassidy to perform his songs, and was won over by the then 18-year-old Melua's own tribute to Cassidy, Faraway Voice. Unable to interest major record companies in what was a decidedly retro-styled project, Batt released Melua's debut through his own label, Dramatico, pouring a great deal of his own money into a marketing campaign that rivalled anything a major could have provided.Sitting there singing in her unpretentious way - there are no big, starry gestures from Katie - she looks almost vulnerable, her small, girlish frame dwarfed by her acoustic guitar. Without a word of English when she arrived, she quickly grew fluent. Where you are born shapes your whole life."' Her parents - heart surgeon Amiran and his wife Tamara, a nurse - obviously harboured similar thoughts.She was born in a place called Kutaisi, which lies in Georgia.
If the ads navigated you to another page, then use the back button to navigate back to the exact page where the problem started and submit from there. But you do not achieve such success merely through luck.Determination and an inordinate amount of sheer grit has brought Katie to where she is now - which, today, happens to be a rehearsal room by the Thames in London where she is running through her latest single in preparation for a performance on Radio 2's Ken Bruce Show.Her music, let's be clear, is far from cutting edge.
Solidly middle-of-the-road, classically constructed, Melua's songs are delivered in a gentle pop-jazz format overseen by 58-year-old composer Mike Batt, formerly of the Wombles.
She won a place at a school of performing arts where she was talent-spotted and offered a £2 million recording contract.