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Katie Melua talks Secret Symphony

Katie Melua

Story by Jack Foley

THE new album from Katie Melua, entitled Secret Symphony, will be released on November 14th, 2011.

Katie Melua performs in front of the Secret Symphony Orchestra on this, her fifth album.

Always happy to step away from people’s expectations, Katie delivers a set of tracks interpreting songs that have been drawn from a wide spectrum of songwriters, including herself and Mike Batt.

She explains: “This album was going to be my ‘singer’s album’. I had always wanted to do this one day; singing other people’s songs brings something out of you and your voice that isn’t perhaps where you would have gone vocally with your own material. It stretches you.

“As it happened Mike and I did write a couple of new ones, but the general idea was to find songs by great writers such as Ron Sexsmith (Gold In Them Hills) and a favourite song of mine, originally recorded by Bonnie Raitt (Too Long At The Fair) plus some more well known ones like Keeping The Dream Alive.”

The result is a collaboration with orchestrator and conductor Batt that imbues the songs with a distinct personality that could only be the work of this creative team.

Secret Symphony was recorded at Air Studios in London and represents a blend of musicianship and dedication that will delight existing Katie Melua fans and win her many new ones.