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Katie Melua Comes to Poland
April 16, 2008    wersja polska »
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Katie Melua is a 24-year-old British singer of Georgian descent who captivates audiences with her soft voice and sensual arrangements. This spring, she is coming to Poland for three concerts April 20-23-in Warsaw, Gdańsk and Poznań.

Melua may be only 24, but she has sold millions of albums. Her debut album, Call off the Search from 2003, sold a staggering 2 million copies. The follow-up Piece By Piece (2005), with the radio staple "Nine Million Bicycles" on it, outdid that result and found 1.2 million buyers in Britain alone. All her albums have gone platinum in Poland, and the latest one, Pictures, is a top-selling foreign album, despite being released last fall.

Alongside "Nine Million Bicycles," Melua's best-known songs include "Spider's Web," "If You Were a Sailboat" and "Just Like Heaven," a cover of The Cure's 1987 hit. Melua's version was the theme song of a romantic comedy of the same title, directeµd by Mark Waters.

"You don't meet artists like Katie often; she is truly special," said Mike Batt, a British composer who works for the Dramaticon label which Katie is signed up to.

Melua was born in Georgia in the former Soviet Union in 1984, where she lived with her parents in the city of Batumi until 1993. That year, the family emigrated to Belfast in Northern Ireland, and five years later they moved to London. Melua had her first music success in 1999, when she won first prize in a song contest organized by the British ITV channel.

In 2001 she recorded "Faraway Voice," dedicated to the memory of American vocalist Eva Cassidy.

In 2006, Melua compiled a list of her favorite songs for the iTunes Music Store-songs that had inspired her most in her music career. They included "Hearts and Bones" by Paul Simon, "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley, "Masters of War" by Bob Dylan, "No Particular Place to Go" by Chuck Berry, "The Pleasure Is All Mine" by Björk, and "Caramel" by Suzanne Vega.

April 20, 7 p.m., Kongresowa Hall, Palace of Culture and Science, entrance from Emilii Plater Street, Warsaw

Tickets cost zl.90-300, available at www.ticketonline.pl and tel. 0-22 567-22-00
April 21, Gdańsk, AWFiS Hall
April 23, Poznań, Arena
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