Katie Melua's Blickling Hall date

Richard Batson Doe-eyed songbird Katie Melua is the latest act to be signed up to sing beside a stately Norfolk lake.

Richard Batson

Doe-eyed songbird Katie Melua is the latest act to be signed up to sing beside a stately Norfolk lake.

Since she burst on the scene less than five years ago, with her debut single The Closest Thing to Crazy, the Georgian-born singer has taken the music world by storm and sold more than 7.5 million records.

And during a busy year of touring across Europe, including an already sold-out Albert Hall in May, she will play at Blickling Hall on Saturday July 12, in a concert backed by the EDP and with tickets going on sale tomorrow.

Katie was just 18 when the nation went mad for “Crazy”, which was a top 10 chart hit, followed by the equally successful album Call Off The Search.

She is now an internationally-known performer, with demand for records and concerts from Austria to Australia.

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Her family relocated from Tblisi to Belfast and then London, following her father's work as a heart surgeon. Teenage Katie joined a performing arts school, where she discovered a range of musical styles, but was blown away by the voice of the late Eva Cassidy and wrote a song Faraway Voice as a tribute.

It attracted the attention of music guru Mike Batt who signed her to his record label, resulting in a string of gentle, moving and thoughtful songs.

Katie, who has model girl looks framed by trademark tumbling corkscrew curls, is now a British citizen. She has sung for Nelson Mandela at an Aids charity concert, at a royal wedding in Holland and a royal gala concert in Norway.

Her second album, Piece by Piece, featuring the hit single Nine Million Bicycles, topped the UK charts and her latest, Pictures, includes the single If I Were a Sailboat.

Last Christmas the magic of the recording studio coupled Katie with Eva Cassidy for a version of What a Wonderful World which raised funds for the British Red Cross.

As well as host of music award nominations, including a World Music Award as best-selling female, Katie has a string of other achievements, including a tulip named after her, and a Guinness Book of Records entry for the deepest ever concert - 303m beneath the North Sea in the leg of a gas rig.

Katie's is the third concert to be announced at the National Trust's Blickling Park, near Aylsham. The others are an 11-act 1980s party-style gig on July 19, and Boyzone the following night.

Tickets for the Katie Melua concert are £37.50, plus booking fee. They can be bought, from 9am tomorrow, through EDP Archant offices at Prospect House (01603 772175), and Millennium Plain (01603 693890), Norwich, as well as in person at Cromer, Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Fakenham, or on-line at www.edp24.co.uk.

There is also a box office at Blickling, 0844 800 4308, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/event, and a 24-hour ticketline at 0871 424 4444, www.ticketline.co.uk