Since her breakthrough as a teenager in 2003 with her debut album Call Off The Search, a six-times platinum seller in the UK, Katie Melua has become one of the world’s best-loved and most successful female artists. Album No. 8, released in October, saw the Georgian/British musician take the role of sole lyricist, and received some the best reviews of her 17-year career.
Today Katie releases a video that was filmed in both her hometown of London and in the country of her birth – Georgia. With a charming story written by the celebrated Georgian screenwriter Keti Devdariani, the video features a special cameo appearance by Katie’s grandma Tsaro Nozadze.
“This means the world to me, if there ever was a living icon, in my eyes, it’s Keti Devdariani, the writer of Chemi Tsolis Dakalebi, a TV show loved by many in Georgia, which in my humble has revolutionized Georgian popular culture. Keti has kindly and beautifully collaborated with us here on the music video to ‘Joy’. Mariam Sitchinava directed our Georgian crew and Charlie Lightening, directed the band and me here in London.” says Katie.
“But most important my grandma, Bebo Tsaro, is also featured in the video with Sophie Khutsishvili as ‘little Katie.’ Bebo, has always inspired me, whether it’s fixing a phone – yes, I kid you not – to making the best plum jam you could wish for. And when I asked her if she wanted to be in my new music video, her expression suddenly turned into the expression of an ageless star, some layered mixture of both proud and humble.”
Watch the video for ‘Joy’ – BELOW:
Katie has also recently announced that she will be performing a live-streamed concert on Friday, December 4th. Katie and her band will be performing in one of London’s most spectacular venues, the historic Rivoli Ballroom, with the performance available to view live worldwide. Tickets are available now from katiemelua.lnk.to/Live.
“I could not be more delighted to perform Album No. 8 and some favourites from my back catalogue with my dear band and crew next month,” says Katie. “Since seeing the very first Driift show, Laura Marling at Union Chapel, I’ve been hell-bent on finding a way to bring our team together in a gorgeous setting to play live for our fans.
“This very special live performance from the stunning Rivoli Ballroom will be directed by Charlie Lightening, and joining me on stage will be Tim Harries on bass, Mark Edwards on keys, Zurab Melua on guitars, Joe Yoshida on drums and Nina Harries on double bass and backing vocals.”
The multi-camera event will be live-streamed to fans around the world, time-zoned to specific regions. The show will not be available on-demand after it has taken place, and with no audience in attendance, the only way to watch it will be to purchase tickets to the Livestream broadcast.
Livestream #1 (UK & EUROPE): 20.00 GMT / 21.00 CET
Livestream #2 (US EAST COAST): 20.00 EST
Livestream #3 (US WEST COAST): 20.00 PST
Livestream #4 (AUS, NZ & ASIA): 20.00 AEDT / 22.00 NZDT / 18.00 JST & KST
Praise for Album No. 8 came from The Times, which remarked on the record’s ‘shades of Dusty Springfield, Minnie Riperton and other stars of the late Sixties/early Seventies golden age’ while the Sunday Times described the single A Love Like That as ‘sinuous, sepulchral pop-noir at its most enveloping’. The Daily Telegraph described its Album of the Week as ‘evoking the fall of autumnal leaves’ and praised ‘its melodies, unhurried rhythms and gentle balance of acoustic instruments with richly orchestrated strings that convey Melua’s self-composure.’
Recorded in London and Georgia and produced by Leo Abrahams, Album No. 8 features The Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra and a special guest appearance from the Gori Women’s Choir, with whom Katie collaborated on 2016’s Top 10 album In Winter.