基本内容Katie Melua Katie Melua
凯蒂·玛露 （另译 凯蒂·麦拉）
Katie拥有一种独特的嗓音，如果硬要把她当成「英国版Norah Jones」，还不如说她更接近Eva Cassidy。多变化的歌声和情绪起伏刚好和专辑要呈现的老蓝调和Jazz调调的歌曲吻合，而她擅长的吉他也有莫大发挥，加上Mike Batt的多首创作，使得《Call Off The Search》原创味道浓厚，其中她翻唱英国蓝调英雄John Mayall的64年经典曲〈Crawling Up A Hill〉流畅的演绎和歌声的掌握都让人惊艳不已；到了俏皮的〈My Aph... 全部内容»
Katie拥有一种独特的嗓音，如果硬要把她当成「英国版Norah Jones」，还不如说她更接近Eva Cassidy。多变化的歌声和情绪起伏刚好和专辑要呈现的老蓝调和Jazz调调的歌曲吻合，而她擅长的吉他也有莫大发挥，加上Mike Batt的多首创作，使得《Call Off The Search》原创味道浓厚，其中她翻唱英国蓝调英雄John Mayall的64年经典曲〈Crawling Up A Hill〉流畅的演绎和歌声的掌握都让人惊艳不已；到了俏皮的〈My Aphrodisiac Is You〉，Katie又化身成一位柔媚歌姬，把歌词中的复古性感飙到极限，而不管是着名经典〈Learnin The Blues〉或是Randy Newman的旷世名曲〈I Think Its Going to Rain Today〉，Katie的版本同样不遑多让。当然，也有如首支单曲〈The Closest Thing To Crazy〉这般浪漫至性的恋曲，以少女的口吻娓娓道来，加上弦乐的编曲，那种举棋不定的不安自然征服人心。我特别喜欢的是〈Blame It On The Moon〉，复古的感觉，如果搭配一个落寞的爱情电影画面，会挺棒的；〈Tiger In The Night〉则有份清新的告白。 不过，要说整张专辑最让人深深动容的加分歌曲，绝对由〈Faraway Voice〉拔得头筹，这是Katie特别向偶像Eva Cassidy致敬所独自创作的歌曲，从歌声和风格都可听出她受Eva影响至深，歌曲一开始的吟唱马上让人回想到Eva歌声风采，那浓烈的想念灵魂叫人不忍却也要坚强，也看到了一位年轻歌手怎样朝偶像的步伐前进
声线兼备蓝调、民谣、爵士味道的Katie Melua，常被乐评拿来与诺拉琼丝相提并论。但她那相较甜美清澈的年轻嗓音，让人遥想起已逝的跨界流行爵士美声Eva Cassidy。而在被Mike Batt发掘的那天，Katie所演唱的正好就是受Eva启发而学下的创作曲“Faraway Voice”。此外，她也自承在音乐方面受到Queen、Joni Mitchell、Bob Dylan和印度音乐及爱尔兰民谣等多类乐风的影响。
1984年，她降生在前苏联的Georgia。随后是同家人的迁徙，一路从Belfast, Ireland 到 London。她成功了，一切仿佛很自然，很偶然，也很意外。
2003年底，首支单曲"The Closest Thing To Crazy"强登英国金榜Top 10。不久，广获好评的首张专辑"Call Of The Search"一举挤下英伦人气天后Dido、击退Norah Jones，荣获6周英国金榜后座，成为英国2004开春迄今最畅销专辑。后来江美琪把The Closest Thing To Crazy翻唱成了「谁会相信」。
2005年，Katie发行了她的第二张录音室专辑"Piece By Piece"。首支单曲主打Nine Million Bicycles融合着爵士的流行味道慢版的抒情小调扑面而来。而对于我们来说，最重要的是，她讲述了一个来自北京的故事。一般来说，专辑的前三支单曲都是抓人耳朵的。所以，从Shy boy,Nine Million Bicycles,再到专辑同名歌曲Piece By Piece，我们听到的是基于流行和接近平淡的Katie的声音和演唱。甚至对我来说，Piece By Piece最后的抒情有太多的矫揉造作。当三支流行单曲过后，Katie才开始展现她的才华。于是我们听到了跳跃的Halfway Up The Hindu Kush。低沉的爵士鼓，轻盈的打击乐器。我仿佛还能看见Katie恣意的演唱，呵呵，恣意，突然就用了这个词，就如同突然响起了这样的音乐。
My Mama don't tell me...就这样随意的开场，然后是声音随音乐、情绪的游走。这个时候也就不用想的太多。选择闭上眼睛，让耳朵再敏感一些，再敏感一些，以至于能抓住最细微的气息和情感。就让我们享受这一刻，享受Blues In The Night。
Katie拥有一种独特的嗓音，多变化的歌声和情绪起伏刚好和专辑《Call Off The Search》要呈现的老蓝调和Jazz调调的歌曲吻合，而她擅长的吉他也有莫大发挥，加上Mike Batt的多首创作，使得《Call Off The Search》原创味道浓厚。其中她翻唱英国蓝调英雄John Mayall的64年经典曲《Crawling Up A Hill》流畅的演绎和歌声的掌握都让人惊艳不已；到了俏皮的《My Aphrodisiac Is You》，Katie又化身成一位柔媚歌姬，把歌词中的复古性感飙到极限，而不管是著名经典《Learnin The Blues》或是Randy Newman的旷世名曲《I Think Its Going to Rain Today》，Katie的版本同样不遑多让。当然，也有如首支单曲《The Closest Thing To Crazy》这般浪漫至性的恋曲，以少女的口吻娓娓道来，加上弦乐的编曲，那种举棋不定的不安自然征服人心。
In the summer of 2003, aged just 17 and still studying at the Brit School of Performing Arts in leafy Surrey, no-one, least of all Katie, would have predicted what the next few years would hold for the teenager. 4 years later, Katie has sold more than 7.5 million albums becoming, in 2006, the yearu2019s best selling British female in the world along the way.
Georgian born Katie relocated from Tbilisi to Belfast at the age of 8 due to her fatheru2019s profession as a heart surgeon and 5 years later moved to South East London. After her GCSEs Katie joined the Brit School for Performing Arts where she undertook a BTEC and Music A-level and discovered different styles of music including Queen, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Irish folk music and Indian music. On hearing an Eva Cassidy song Katie was blown away and when she discovered that Eva was no longer alive wrote the song u2018Faraway Voiceu2019 as a tribute to her. It was this song that attracted the attention of the composer and producer Mike Batt. Katie signed to Battu2019s record label Dramatico but stayed at the Brit School to complete her studies u2013 she graduated with distinction in July 2003.
During the summer of 2003 her debut single, u2018The Closest Thing To Crazyu2019, attracted the attention of British station BBC Radio 2 and upon its release entered the charts at number 10. Released in November, Katieu2019s debut album u2018Call Off The Searchu2019 hit the UK number 1 spot in January 2004 and has subsequently scored top 10 positions throughout Europe. The album has since been certified gold in Holland, Hong Kong and Switzerland, platinum in Denmark, New Zealand and Australia, 2 x platinum in Germany, Ireland, Norway and South Africa and received the IFPI Double Platinum Award for 2 million European Sales. In March 2005 u2018Call Off The Searchu2019 hit the number 1 spot in Denmark, a year after its initial release and became a top five album in Japan. Katie was awarded Best International Newcomer at Germanyu2019s ECHO Awards in April 2005. In Britain, Katie was the highest selling female artist in 2004 u2013 u2018Call Off The Searchu2019 has now sold 1.8 million copies and is 6 x platinum (in Britain alone) and worldwide sales exceed 3.5 million.
Katie joined the line up for the Band Aid 20 single to record a new version of u2018Do They Know Itu2019s Christmasu2019. As an ambassador for Save The Children this was particularly poignant for Katie. In March 2005 Katie was invited by Nelson Mandela to perform at his 46664 concert in aid of Mandelau2019s AIDS foundation. In addition to performing a full live set, Katie joined Queen on stage to perform a moving version of u2018Too Much Love Will Kill Youu2019. Katie flew from South Africa to Sri Lanka where she experienced the work that is being done by Save The Children, particularly with child soldiers.
In August 2005 Katie and her family swore allegiance to The Queen and became British Citizens following a ceremony in Surrey, England. Katie was asked to perform at the Royal Wedding of Prince Pieter-Christiaan in Holland and at the Norwegian Royal Gala Concert in the presence of the Crown Prince Of Norway. Continuing the royal theme, the American TV show u2018Good Morning Americau2019 broadcast live from Buckingham Palace and Katie was invited by the show to perform u2018Nine Million Bicyclesu2019 and u2018The Closest Thing To Crazyu2019. Katie performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Norway.
In between her overseas travel Katie recorded her new album, u2018Piece By Pieceu2019, which was released in Europe on September 26th 2005. The album comprises more self-penned songs including the title track as well as a cover of the 1987 Cure hit u2018Just Like Heavenu2019 that Katie recorded for a new DreamWorks film starring Reese Witherspoon. The first single, u2018Nine Million Bicyclesu2019, preceded the album release and gave Katie her highest UK single chart entry at number 5. 1 week later and Katie entered the UK album charts at number 1 and Europe swiftly followed with the album reaching 1 in Norway, Denmark and Holland, 2 in Ireland, 2 in Iceland, 3 in South Africa, 4 in Poland and 2 in Germany giving an overall chart position of 2 on the Billboard European Top 100 Chart.
Katie was nominated for two Brit Awards in the “Best Female” and “Pop” categories, for the “Best International Female” at the Edison Awards in Holland and was awarded “Best International Female (Rock & Pop)” at the Echo Awards in Germany. Once again Katie was pronounced the highest selling female artist in Britain in 2005 selling more than 1 million albums.
It is fair to say that 2006 was yet another extraordinary year for 22 year old Katie. In addition to the awards nominations, Katie had a Dutch tulip named in her honour, toured America coast to coast, raced at 160mph round Grand Prix circuit Silverstone, flew a plane, launched Save The Childrenu2019s u2018Rewrite The Futureu2019 campaign, made the headlines with a Guinness World Record for the deepest concert when she performed 303 meters beneath the North Sea in the leg of a gas rig and was awarded the World Music Award for Britainu2019s Biggest Selling Female. Whilst in 2004 and 2005 Katie was the greatest selling female artist in Britain, in 2006 Katie was the highest selling European female artist in the world selling more than 3 million copies of her second album u2018Piece By Pieceu2019.
Awarded the Golden Camera Award for International Pop Artist at the start of 2007 Katie was presented with the Echo Award for International Female Artist in March 2007.
October 2007 will see the release of Katieu2019s third album u2018Picturesu2019 u2013 a record that will delight her legions of fans, confirm Katieu2019s status as a unique and remarkable vocalist, and reveal the third chapter in what is destined to be a long musical career.