16th July 2014 21:00wednesday
Main stageHoly Trinity Square
Katie Melua is one of Britain's most successful recording artists of the millennium selling more than 11 million albums, 1 million concert tickets and receiving 56 platinum awards.
When Georgian-born Katie signed with Mike Batt's Dramatico Records in September 2002, no-one could have imagined that by the release of her third album, Pictures, she would be the biggest-selling female artist in the world that year. Her first two albums, Call Off The Search and Piece By Piece both became international number ones. Her fourth album, The House, was described as epic, adventurous and dramatic, and on its release in 2010, it got to the top of the Billboard's pan-European charts. In 2011, her band was supplemented by a string quartet. In addition to the release of a deluxe edition of Secret Symphony, a digital only collection The Tracks That Got Away was released featuring B sides and live favourites.
Ten years after her chart topping debut album Call Off The Search, Katie’s sixth studio album Ketevan was released on the 16th of September in 2013, on Katie’s 29th birthday.
The first single from Keteva’ (which is Katie’s Georgian birth name) is I Will Be There, which was premiered at the Coronation Gala, at Buckingham Palace on the 11th of July. A beautiful tribute to a protective matriarchal figure, the song was written by Katie's longtime collaborator Mike Batt. The song is a clear sign, that Katie has returned to songwriting, and working with her old friend Batt.
Katie's unique and astonishing voice, with a maturity and richness that has developed over the last decade, narrates tales of love and life. Having enjoyed such success with her previous albums, what does Katie hope to achieve with Ketevan? "I hope people will enjoy the songs, the variety of ideas on this record, the romance, the melancholia, and the few retro inspired jazz songs. We probably don't listen to albums the same way that we used to, but I hope people will like the whole repertoire of this album."
Besides her albums, she can be proud of her massive world tours and many special moments - like Katie playing on stage for Nelson Mandela with her idols, Queen, or performing for and dining with The Queen at Buckingham Palace.
She has performed with a 40-member band, had an acoustic tour, where she was playing the guitar and the piano, and she has also performed with her band supplemented by a string quartet. This is her first time playing in Hungary, and she will be performing her songs with her trio for the audience in Veszprém.
Katie Melua – vocal, guitar
Rory Macfarlane– bass
Mark Edwards – piano, keyboards
Henry Spinetti – drums