Though Katie Melua isn't a household name in the U.S., the award-winning singer and songwriter has become a massive pop star in the U.K. and Europe, scoring with such hits as "Closest Thing to Crazy" and "Nine Million Bicycles." Born in 1984 in Soviet Georgia, not long before civil war tore the country apart, Melua and her family relocated to Northern Ireland, then London, where the youngster started to exhibit a precocious talent for music. While attending the London School for Performing Arts & Technology, she was spotted by one Mike Batt. The producer and songwriter helped shape Melua into a chanteuse filtering adult-alternative pop through blues, jazz and classic Tin Pan Alley. Wise beyond her years, the singer has that rare talent of sounding both sultry and innocent, sassy as well as sensitive. In addition to releasing a handful of albums since her 2003 debut, Call off the Search, Melua has been active in the worlds of charity and fashion. In 2007, her version of the pop standard "What a Wonderful World" (which features Melua singing along with a recording of the late Eva Cassidy) debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. All the proceeds went to the Red Cross.
Katie Melua Concert Films
Runtime: 1 hr 15 min￼Accomplished singer-songwriter Katie Melua makes her second appearance at the AVO SESSION festival. She presents her new, mysterious and profound album «Secret Symphony». Like the rain of gold and platinum with her earlier albums,
￼this album has been at the top of the charts for many weeks. It shows that even superstars have hard times, like Katie Melua with her burnout. Her art was making this crisis into a source of creativity by turning it into new songs. This great music dynamic speaks for the quality of her new works. She mixes pop, jazz and folk intuitively and adeptly, her songs are heartfelt, natural and unpretentious. Pop and poetry don’t get any closer than this - as you will see at this evening at AVO SESSION Basel.
Katie Melua Top Tracks
Sans Tsu Tsou
Runtime: 1 hr 25 minRecorded during her 2011 European tour, Sans Tsu Tsou is the first live album from critically acclaimed French jazz-soul chanteuse Isabelle Geffroy, aka Zaz. It contains performances of all 11 tracks from her chart-topping self-titled 2010 debut album, including Top 40 hits "Je Veux" and "La Fée," alongside five previously unreleased songs such as "Pray the Sunshine," "Aux Détenteurs," and "Je Saute Partout."
An Evening of Nostalgia
Runtime: 1 hr 8 min'An Evening Of Nostalgia With Annie Lennox' captures one of music’s most popular and acclaimed artists in her only full concert performance of songs from her Grammy-nominated 'Nostalgia' album. Fronting a 19-piece band, including string and horn sections, and unveiling striking lighting and production elements created especially for this concert, Lennox demonstrates her distinctive vocal and performance talents on an array of songs from the classic American songbook, ranging from “Summertime”, “Georgia On My Mind”, “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless the Child” to one of rock ’n’ roll’s most enduring classics, “I Put a Spell On You”. As she does on her Nostalgia album that spawned this one-of-a-kind concert, the singular approach Lennox brings to these classics enables them to resonate for a 21st century audience. The artist concludes her extraordinary show with a four song selection of her own hits performed solo at the piano, including “Here Comes the Rain Again”, “Why” and “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”. Beautifully filmed by director Natalie Johns at the downtown Los Angeles art-deco landmark The Orpheum Theatre on January 28, 2015, 'An Evening Of Nostalgia With Annie Lennox' is a truly unique concert performance that music fans the world over can now experience for themselves.
Live On the Queen Mary
Runtime: 1 hr 24 minIn 2013, a dream came true for Hugh Laurie when he took to the stage in the magnificent Art Deco surroundings of the famous liner Queen Mary, now moored permanently at Longbeach, California. The show combines tracks from both of his hugely successful blues albums, "Let Them Talk" from 2011 (UK #2) and the recently released "Didn't It Rain" (UK #3), along with other musical gems. Hugh Laurie leads on vocals, piano and guitar and is supported by the Copper Bottom Blues Band, a fantastic group of musicians and singers. His engaging personality and skilful playing make for a perfect evening of sublime blues in a wonderfully intimate setting.
Live in 2004
Runtime: 1 hr 12 minA jazz chanteuse with a taste for pop, country, and blues at their best, Norah Jones became an overnight sensation in 2002 with the release of her album Come Away With Me, which earned both critical acclaim and blockbuster sales. In 2004, Jones was touring in support of her well-received second album, Feels Like Home, when she and her band arrived at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium for a special concert appearance, which was captured by a camera crew for home-video release. Norah Jones and the Handsome Band: Live in 2004 features Jones joined by guests Dolly Parton and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, as well as former bandmates Kevin Breit and Richard Julian. Selections include "Don't Know Why," "Creepin' In," "The Prettiest Thing," and "Carnival Town."
Live In Rio
Runtime: 1 hr 50 minDiana Krall has had a long time fascination with bossa nova, a type of music which perfectly suits her sophisticated yet sensual style. This culminated in her new studio album "Quiet Nights" (released by Verve in spring 2009) and in this stunning concert filmed in the home of the bossa nova, Rio de Janeiro, in November 2008. Accompanied by her band and an orchestra, Diana Krall delivers a superb set of standards in true bossa nova style but clearly bearing her unique stamp. This program captures Diana Krall at her scintillating best.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minIf Eye To the Telescope introduced a bold new talent, KT Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza confirms that the Scottish singer is no fluke. Whether stripping down tracks from her platinum debut--nominated for both a Grammy and Britain's coveted Mercury Prize--or taking on Beck's tender "Golden Age," it's all about the Voice and the Voice is good. While Telescope elicited comparisons to Joni Mitchell and Bjork, in acoustic mode, Tunstall sounds more like countryman Rod Stewart back when he was fronting the Faces. She's got that soulful thing down to a science, but there's nothing affected about it, and she never pushes too hard. Ten years of busking can do that for a girl (it's how she learned to use a loop pedal to duplicate the sound of a full band). Originally only available through her website, Acoustic Extravaganza doesn't include hit singles "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" and "Suddenly I See," the theme from The Devil Wears Prada, but then it isn't a greatest hits collection. Recorded in two days, th set consists primarily of non-LP material, like the angry "Ashes," plus the featurette Five Go to Skye (Making the Album). The parental advisory warning ("explicit content") refers to the profanity in "Ashes." Otherwise, there's nothing objectionable going on here.