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.”
Katie has also recently announced that she will be performing a livestreamed 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.