Katie Melua's original homeland is Georgia, which was then part of the Soviet Union. Her father, a heart specialist, brought her along with the rest of the family to Northern Ireland when she was eight and then to England six years later.
Melua attended the BRIT School for the Performing Arts in London. While performing at a showcase there, she caught the eye of songwriter and producer Mike Batt. The pair bonded over a mutual admiration for the late Eva Cassidy and decided to work together.
During their first proper session at Batt's recording studio the pair penned "Call Off The Search
," which would become the title track of Melua's debut album. The LP was a smash hit selling 3.6 million copies worldwide.
In 2010 Melua had a breakdown, which hospitalized her. She recalled later to The Independent:
"It was one of the best things that ever happened to me. It was petrifying, but it put a stop to fantasies of being able to do anything. The oddest thing about this job is the sense of superiority you get. It was a huge wake-up call.
I was completely out of it for two weeks, and in hospital for six. There was a bunch of things going on, things at home and crazy work schedules, and you really believe the world revolved around you and it doesn't."
She married the former World Superbike champion James Toseland on September 1, 2012 in the Nash Conservatory at the Royal Botanic Gardens in London. Toseland had brought his mother to see one of Melua's concerts at Sheffield City Hall and the pair met afterwards and started dating.
Katie Melua had a spider removed from her ear in 2014 after putting up with odd rustling noises for a week.
Melua has sung twice for Queen Elizabeth II, once in public at the Royal Variety Performance and once at Buckingham Palace at a private dinner.