was born in Georgia (former USSR) in 1984 and moved to Belfast at just 8 years old. At 15, she won TV talent competition. Katie joined the Brit School for Performing Arts where she discovered different styles of music including Queen, Joni Mitchell
, Bob Dylan
, Irish folk music and Indian music. Producer Mike Batt signed Katie to his label Dramatico, but Katie stayed in school and graduated with distinction in July 2003. In November of 2003 she released her debut album Call Off the Search
in Britain-it was number one of the British charts for 6 weeks. In just one year, Katie was Britain's highest selling female artist. Katie's latest album, Piece By Piece
entered the UK charts at #1 and it's single, Nine Million Bicycles
, became a smash. In 2005, Katie was nominated for two Brit Awards in the Best Female
categories and was once again Katie was pronounced the highest selling female artist in Britain selling more than 1 million albums. In 2005, Katie received a special guest slot on a US tour with Il Divo and her own coast-to-coast headline tour.
Katie is an ambassador for Save The Children, sang on Band Aid 20's Do They Know It's Christmas and recorded Eric Clapton's Tears In Heaven as a fundraising single for the Tsunami appeal. Most interestingly, Katie recently set a Guinness World Record for the deepest underwater concert when she played a special concert at the bottom of the North Sea in a gas rig.
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