Katie Melua was born in Georgia (former USSR) in 1984 growing up in its Capitol, Tbilici. The family left Georgia when Katie was 8 and moved to Belfast due to her father's profession as a heart surgeon. Katie joined the Brit School for Performing Arts , was discovered by the composer and producer Mike Batt when he paid a visit to the school looking for musicians to form a jazz band. Her first release hit the charts at No. 10. Music, both the creation and performance is obviously a deep passion for Katie: "I love walking out on stage and connecting with my band and the audience, there's nothing like it".