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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!!


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Eva Cassidy Fan Club

If you are a fan of Katie, why not check out this great site for Eva Cassidy?

11.11.18   >   Track Notes 34: Scary Films



Mike Batt




 Scary Films 

10.11.18   >   The Joy of Vinyl

It is wonderful to see the revival of vinyl. I remember well the fanfare surrounding the arrival of compact discs in the eighties, promising a quantum leap forward in quality as the digital age was born. We were sold a lie. Analogue recordings are faithful reproductions of the original masters whereas digital recordings are samples and lose tiny amounts of detail. For many people, a vinyl album gives a richer sound than a CD albeit with the characteristic clicks and pops which generate nostalgia in those of a certain age, and probably puzzlement among the younger generation. But there is more to it than just the sound. The look of vinyl, the feel, the ritual of the tone arm swinging in and the needle dropping with a little thud. Then there is the joy of the album cover itself. CDs never captured the magic that holding a vinyl album in your hands produced. And don't even get me started on digital streaming. And so to the vinyl edition of In Winter. The larger size of a vinyl album cover really does justice to the gorgeous artwork, while the pure white vinyl joyously adds to the wintry theme of the music. Ah yes, the music. With a decent turntable, amplifier and speakers, In Winter lives and breathes with the pure analogue glory of vinyl. It sounds like it was meant to sound - you can close your eyes and just lose yourself in Katie's breathtaking winter landscape. Yes, you have to get up and turn the record over half way through. It's all part of the experience. And with In Winter it is a truly magical experience. Long live vinyl!

08.11.18   >   You can take the girl out of Georgia...

05.11.18   >   Katie Bite: Moonshine

01.11.18   >   Ultimate Collection on vinyl

Wonderful news! Katie announced the release of Ultimate Collection on vinyl on her Instagram account.

24.10.18   >   SHOWTIME!

23.10.18   >   At Last! 2018 Winter Tour

Katie's 2018 Winter Tour begins in Stockholm, Sweden, tomorrow!

The long wait is over. This tour looks set to be spectacular, so catch it if you can. See you on down the road, Katie and best of luck!

22.10.18   >   Sketch effect

21.10.18   >   Katie Bite: It's Only Pain

20.10.18   >   Katie on Instagram

19.10.18   >   Katie Bite: I Will Be There

18.10.18   >   Keep practising...

17.10.18   >   Katie Bite: Never Felt Less Like Dancing

16.10.18   >   Track Notes 33: What It Says On The Tin



Mike Batt




The title is taken from a popular advertising campaign for wood preservative in the UK which was based on the promise that the product did exactly the job it described on the outside of the tin, and hence the song is about someone that comes across as being just what they appear to be without hiding anything.


 What It Says On The Tin 

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

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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

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



Katie Melua






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



Andrea McEwen & Katie Melua




One of two songs Katie co-wrote with Australian singer/songwriter and actress, Andrea McEwen (the other was Dirty Dice). The lyrics to this wonderful song are simply breathtaking. It starts off like a normal love song but the idyllic romance doesn't last. The last few lines in particular are just devastating. For me, it is one of the highlights of Pictures.
Andrea McEwen had an album of her own, Rental Property, with Dramatico in 2009 but she has since slipped off the radar and her website hasn't been updated in more than 5 years.



 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

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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




Mike Batt




25 February 2008


Mike wrote this song for The Hollies, who released it in 1983 on their album What Goes Around
It was Katie's eleventh single and third from Pictures.

CD tracks

1. If The Lights Go Out (Radio mix)
2. Looking For Clues



 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
15. River
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



Mike Batt & Katie Melua




 It's All In My Head 

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




Mike Batt




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.


 Mary Pickford 

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



Mike Batt




This song was originally performed by Art Garfunkel on "The Art Garfunkel Album". Later it was covered by Agnetha Fältskog on her album "My Colouring Book".


 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



John Lennon & Paul McCartney




A legendary Beatles song from their album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It is often rumoured to be about LSD but McCartney has repeatedly denied this and it is instead said to be inspired by John's son Julian who drew a picture at nursery school that he called 'Lucy - in the sky with diamonds', thought to be a picture of his classmate Lucy O'Donnell.

Katie's version on Piece By Piece is acoustic. She has also done a live version which is on the 'B-Sides' album.


 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



Mike Batt




11 September 2006

CD tracks

1. It's Only Pain
2. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
3. It's Only Pain (acoustic)


Katie's seventh single, the fourth from Piece By Piece. This song is thought to be about Katie's break-up with then boyfriend Luke Pritchard. But bear in mind that Mike Batt wrote the song, not Katie, so it would be his observation of events rather than her own feelings.
The video for the track was shot at the derelict Alexandra Palace theatre.


 It's Only Pain 

01.08.18   >   Gig Alert! Katie to play at Borderline for #GetLoud

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