Katie Melua

Birth Name: Ketevan Melua

Place of Birth: Kutaisi, Georgian SSR (now Georgia)

Date of Birth: 16 September, 1984

Ethnicity: Georgian, as well as 1/8th Russian, 1/8th Canadian (of unclear ethnicity)

Katie Melua is a Georgian-born British singer, songwriter, and musician.

Katie was born in Kutaisi, Georgia, then in the USSR, the daughter of Tamara and Amiran Melua. In 1993, her family moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland, and later to London, England. Kate is married to English, World Superbike racer and musician James Toseland.

Katie has stated that one of her grandmothers was of half Russian ancestry. She has also said that one of her great-grandfathers was Canadian, specifying, “My great grandfather came from Canada [to Georgia] to do some work and was accused of being a spy and forced to stay in Georgia… So the family line started with some interesting circumstances.”

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Curious about ethnicity

8 Responses

  1. neiltennant says:

    This with the canadian ancestors was only a lie in order to make her more interesting

    i had read this years ago

    because that time came to prominence when she first had her first album charting on the billboard 200 or even the heat seekers albums and the management forced her to lie

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