Born in September 1984, Katie Melua was born in Georgia, but raised in Northern Ireland. Her first album Call Off the Search was released in 2003 and reached the top of the charts in the UK and the top 20 in Australia in June 2004. The first single The Closest Thing to Crazy reached top 5 in Ireland, top 10 in the UK, Top 20 in Norway and top 50 in Australia. In the UK, the album sold 1.2 million copies making it four times platinum and spent six weeks at the top of the charts.She duetted with Jamie Cullum in a performance of Love Cats at the Brit Awards in February 2004 which added to her reputation. In addition, she lent her talents to Band Aid 20 in November 2004 in which she joined several pop stars to create a rendition of Do They Know It's Christmas? to raise money for famine relief in Africa. Her second album, Piece by Piece, was released in September 2005.