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What's All About Katie All About?
Welcome to All About Katie. This site is an appreciation of Katie Melua - the beautiful and talented singer-songwriter with the caramel eyes and sublime voice, and the finest interpreter of a song I have ever heard.
It is also a repository of information about her music, DVDs, videos, tour dates, images, and anything else of interest to her fans. I have put my heart and soul into this project. Katie has given me so much and this is my way of saying thank-you. I hope Ketefans all over the world will find something interesting here about our favourite artist. Enjoy!
Any opinions expressed here are mine, not Katie's!!
15.10.18 > Katie Bite: I Will Be There
14.10.18 > Lyric card: Spellbound
13.10.18 > Katie on Instagram
Katie is rehearsing for the Winter Tour. So exciting!!!
05.10.18 > Ultimate Collection is released today!
Katie's new compilation album is unleashed...
01.10.18 > Katie Bite: No Fear Of Heights
30.09.18 > Katie's show at Borderline
Here are some images from Katie's intimate gig at the Borderline last Wednesday, with her brother Zurab. Photos courtesy of @instasabwi on Instagram.
26.09.18 > Going Offline...
I have pneumonia :-( Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.
25.09.18 > Sold Out! Katie's Get Loud gig for Nordoff Robbins
Katie Melua says: “Being part of Get Loud 2018 for Nordoff Robbins really excites me. Not only because I get to share an intimate gigging experience with fans of my music, but it also gives me a chance to champion a charity I have supported for many years, their musical therapy work across the UK is life changing.”
24.09.18 > Covers Wish List
Although I always long for more new material from Katie, her covers always entrance me. She always seems to find her own unique interpretation of a song (aside from Fields of Gold, which she deliberately styled on the Eva Cassidy version in homage to one of her idols).
From time to time I make little wish-lists of songs I would like to hear Katie cover. These lists are often completely different, not because I change my mind but because I suddenly remember other songs or hear them on the radio and then drift off into dreamland wondering how a Katie version would sound. Here are the ones I have been imagining lately...
As Time Goes By (from "Casablanca")
Morning Has Broken (Cat Stevens)
Winterwood (Don McLean)
New England (Kirsty MacColl version)
Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (The Carpenters. Yes, really.)
23.09.18 > Lyric card: What I Miss About You
22.09.18 > Sixty Seconds With Katie Melua
21.09.18 > Katie Bite: Spellbound
20.09.18 > Katie on Lorraine
19.09.18 > Katie on Instagram - her wonderful birthday concert
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Did this actually happen?! Tbilisi you know how to do birthdays! ❤️😘 The biggest love and hugs for helping to make it happen @tim.harries @zurabmelua @edwardsmusic @joeyoshida @sumobobo @burness.ian @bryonyoctober @chrislambourne @itssilversara @toseland_band @laurensass and to the team in Georgia, @kakhakaladze @teojorbenadze @ninatko @sophiokhuntsaria thank you. I love you. ❤️❤️ film creds to @sumobobo #megabirthdays #tbilisiwarmth #magicconcerts #perfectnights #lovegeorgia #perfectgigs #citymusic #freegigs #newera
18.09.18 > Katie on Instagram
17.09.18 > Flashback: Katie awarded Georgia's Medal of Honour
In December 2016, after a concert in Tbilisi, Katie was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honour for popularizing Georgian culture abroad. She certainly opened my eyes to this wonderful country! You can view the presentation at https://www.georgianjournal.ge/culture/33163-katie-melua-awarded-with-medal-of-honor-by-georgias-president.html
16.09.18 > HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATIE!
15.09.18 > Katie Bite: If The Lights Go Out
14.09.18 > Katie on Instagram
A quick reminder of those winter tour dates:
13.09.18 > Track Notes 32: Spellbound
12.09.18 > Just strummin'
11.09.18 > Katie's Birthday Concert in Tbilisi
Katie is performing a free concert in Tbilisi on September 16th, her birthday. Her present is to give something back to the country of her birth. Wonderful.
Here is a news clip from Georgia Today.
10.09.18 > Katie Bite: I Never Fall
09.09.18 > Lyric card: If The Lights Go Out
08.09.18 > Track Notes 31: What I Miss About You
07.09.18 > Bridge Over Troubled Water
When one of the world's greatest interpreters of song sings one of the great songs the result is pure magic!
07.09.18 > Katie always gets a warm welcome in Germany!
06.09.18 > Ultimate Collection - Katie announces more
Katie has now made a post on Instagram regarding the Ultimate Collection CD, released on October 5th
Remember this teasing pic of sheet music from Bridge Over Troubled Water from a couple of months ago?
Well, turns out she was on her way to Georgia to record a studio version of the song with the Gori Women's Choir. And that is the version to be included on UC. Along with "Diamonds Are Forever" that is now two reasons to buy it!
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So proud and thank you to all @thenewbmg and @atcmanagement. The ‘Ultimate Collection’ comes out on 5th October. To extend our gratitude to everyone that pre-orders we’re instantly making available the new track ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ recorded with the Gori Women’s Choir and the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra at the iconic Georgian film studios. K x
05.09.18 > Katie Bite: Idiot School
04.09.18 > Katie had a lovely anniversary weekend
Katie posted some pics on Instagram from her anniversary weekend yesterday. Six years already for the lovely couple.
03.09.18 > Lyric card: It's All In My Head
02.09.18 > Voice of an Angel
01.09.18 > Happy Anniversary Katie and James!
01.09.18 > Track Notes 30: If The Lights Go Out
31.08.18 > Katie Bite: Perfect Circle
30.08.18 > Life Size Katie at Amazon
I'm not sure how you would justify this purchase to your partner but if you would like a life-size cutout of Katie in your life then Amazon is happy to oblige. It is undeniably a thing of beauty. What you do with her is entirely your business. They also have a two foot high mini cutout, but that would be just plain weird.
29.08.18 > Katie Bite: Idiot School
28.08.18 > New album!! Kind of... Ultimate Collection
Ultimate Collection is a double CD scheduled for release on 5th October. Completists will want it in their collection but most fans will already have these tracks and could mimic this set with a playlist. The only track previously unreleased on CD is Diamonds Are Forever, though the album is worth buying for that track alone (see the video I linked to on August 11th).
|Disc One||Disc Two|
1. Nine Million Bicycles
2. What a Wonderful World (with Eva Cassidy)
3. Plane Song
4. The One I Love Is Gone
5. Crawling Up a Hill
6. In My Secret Life
7. The Love I'm Frightened Of
8. Red Balloons
9. Belfast (Penguins and Cats)
10. A Time to Buy
11. What I Miss About You
12. Spider's Web (Single Version)
13. Thank You Stars
14. I Will Be There
1. The Closest Thing to Crazy
2. Dreams on Fire
3. Wonderful Life
4. If You Are so Beautiful
5. Piece By Piece
6. The Little Swallow
7. Just Like Heaven
8. Call off the Search
9. The Walls Of The World
10. The Flood
11. Tiger in the Night
12. I Cried For You
13. If You Were A Sailboat
14. Where Does The Ocean Go?
15. Perfect World
16. Bridge Over Troubled Water
17. Diamonds Are Forever
18. Fields of Gold
Available for pre-order on Amazon
27.08.18 > Lyric card: Mary Pickford
26.08.18 > Track Notes 29: It's All In My Head
Track Notes: It's All In My Head
Mike Batt & Katie Melua
25.08.18 > Katie Bite: Heartstrings
24.08.18 > How's the new album coming along, Katie?
23.08.18 > Lyric card: Sometimes When I'm Dreaming
22.08.18 > Katie Bite: If The Lights Go Out
21.08.18 > Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
20.08.18 > Look What I Found!
I came across this CD in a drawer yesterday. It was a freebie with the Mail on Sunday way back in 2005. It's interesting that Katie is pictured next to Eva Cassidy, and Katie's track on the CD is "Faraway Voice", her tribute to Eva. I wonder if whoever compiled the CD realised that!
19.08.18 > Track Notes 28: Mary Pickford
Track Notes: Mary Pickford
26 November 2007
This song was inspired by a calendar of daily facts where one day Mike found out that 1910s actress Mary Pickford used to eat roses.
18.08.18 > Katie Bite: I Do Believe In Love
17.08.18 > Lyric card: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
16.08.18 > Thoughts on a new album
We are all eagerly awaiting a new album from Katie, but what might we expect from it when it does arrive? One thing we do know is that Katie doesn't like to stand still. She is progressing along a musical journey. Each of her albums so far has been different, and I would expect the same from her next one. There are some patterns: we usually see a couple of covers and a couple of collaborations along with a handful of songs written by herself. I'm not sure she yet has the confidence in herself to release an album entirely of her own songs, much as that would be something I would dearly cherish. Nor do I see her releasing an album of covers, which is something she could do in her sleep.
Bear in mind she's an indie artist now, which probably necessitates a more stripped-back approach. I don't think we'll be seeing the orchestral arrangements of Secret Symphony again. But it will be interesting to see if she goes for a simple voice and guitar approach or gets the band into the studio to add keyboard, bass, and drums. I know many of her fans like her to play with a band. Personally, I prefer it when she sings alone with her guitar, as in Fields of Gold.
Then there's the Gori Women's Choir, who featured on In Winter. That was a very special collaboration and I imagine Katie would love to work with them again. Perhaps they will feature on one or two songs but I'd be surprised if they contributed as heavily as on In Winter. I'd be happy with a permanent move in that direction but I doubt if Katie would - I think she is too keen to explore new paths. That is one of the reasons why her albums always generate so much anticipation. You just don't know what you will get. All I know is I completely trust her and whatever direction she takes us I'll be following along and marvelling at the scenery.
15.08.18 > Katie Bite: Faraway Voice
14.08.18 > Track Notes 27: Sometimes When I'm Dreaming
13.08.18 > Tricks of the Trade!
12.08.18 > Lyric card: It's Only Pain
11.08.18 > Diamonds Are Forever
10.08.18 > Katie Bite: Gold In Them Hills
09.08.18 > Smile please, Katie!
08.08.18 > Track Notes 26: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
07.08.18 > Katie on Instagram
Having fun with Polly Scattergood. They wrote 'Red Balloons' together.
06.08.18 > Lyric card: I Do Believe In Love
05.08.18 > Katie Bite: I Cried For You
04.08.18 > Katie on Instagram
Katie is in France at the moment. Does she ever go home?
03.08.18 > Sketch effect
02.08.18 > Track Notes 25: It's Only Pain
01.08.18 > Gig Alert! Katie to play at Borderline for #GetLoud