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The Most Popular Georgian Musicians in History

In today’s article, I want to talk about some of the most famous Georgian artists. While some are world-renowned, others enjoy a more limited type of fame. However, they all have in common the passion for singing that’s so typical of all Georgians. We like to sing on almost any occasion, and the rich culture is an excellent source of inspiration. Without further ado, let’s explore the list of most famous Georgian music artists. The first position will definitely surprise you! I want to make a bet right from the start. How many of you knew she had Georgian origins?

Katie Melua

Yes, this is the surprise I was talking about in the intro. I am sure you know some of her songs and enjoy her fantastic career. And while there’s no way to know if I won the bet proposed above, I’m happy that such a famous musician comes from Georgia.

To be more precise, Katie Melua is a Georgian-British artist. Born in Georgia, Ketevan (her birth name) moved to the United Kingdom when she was just eight years old. Her passion for music manifested from an early age, and in 2003 she made her debut through “Call Off the Search” – her first album. 

Katie Melua, Concert, Singing, Conductor

The debut album was received with warmth by critics and fans alike, so as soon as 2006, she already conquered titles like Uk’s best-selling female artist or Europe’s highest-selling female musician. With 11 million albums and over 1 million concert tickets sold worldwide, Katie Melua is an international figure. Her music is modern and trendy with an uplifting vibe to it, despite her influence from Bob Dylan, Eva Cassidy, and Queen. 

Khatia Buniatishvili

Khatia is another example of what Georgia can deliver in both terms of music and beauty. The pianist is known thanks to her excellent technique, virtuosity, and emotion. However, her physical qualities, femininity, and beauty do not go unnoticed either. 

She studied piano since she was three years old and only three years later she had her first concert. Not just any show, but with the Chamber Orchestra in Tbilisi! I guess that tells you everything you need to know. While most of us were busy with kindergarten and worrying about the first day of school, this “little girl” was playing in Georgia’s capital with the Chamber Orchestra.

Since she was ten years old Khatia has hosted piano shows in Armenia, Ukraine, the USA, and all over Europe. Most notably, her US debut at Carnegie Hall in 2008 opened the path to collaborations with famous artists like Placido Domingo, Kent Nagano, and Mikhail Pletnev. 

Khatia was also involved in a lot of charity events or special occasions like the 70th anniversary of the UN, a concert against human rights violations in Russia, and the Marrakech Climate Show. The collaboration with Coldplay for their 2017 album “A Head Full of Dreams” was also an important milestone in her career. 

Beka Gochiashvili

From many aspects, Beka seems to be the male counterpart of Khatia. Also studying piano from the age of three, he managed to conquer the stages in both Georgia and the US. From an early age, he chose jazz as a favorite style and performed in various clubs in Tbilisi before he was ten. 

Thanks to his incredible talent, he became a student of the US Juilliard Academy under Frank Kimbrough’s guidance. Beka already has numerous trophies to his name, like the 2004 Classical Music Festival, the 2007 edition of the Saulkrasti Jazz Festival, or the 2009 Montreux Jazz Festival. 

Nino Katamadze

A famous jazz singer with a huge career in Georgia and outside its borders as well, Nino Katmadze conquered the hearts of many Europeans. She was born in 1972 in the seaside town of Kobuleti and perfected her vocal qualities at the Batumi Music Institute. 

After acquiring local fame at various contests and festivals, Nino was ready for her first international tour. It took place in 2002 and brought her throughout Europe. Finland, Sweden, Germany, France, Ukraine, Russia, Italy, and the UK are just a few of the countries she performed in. Furthermore, her studio album “White” was especially successful in the above-mentioned countries with 700,000 sold copies overall. 

The 2002 European tour brought her international fame and a US tour in 2005. “Once in the Street” is one of her best songs with remarkable results across the globe. 

More Cool Georgian Music

I hope I took you on a journey through some of the best Georgian artists and you’ve learned new things about our vibrant culture. As a DJ, it’s vital for me to explore as many musical genres and it’s a pleasure to be able to share my findings with all readers.

So, if you’ve liked what you read here today, I invite you to check out a playlist with amazing Georgian music. Just search for Gia Janashvili on Spotify and you’ll be able to listen to some of the coolest Georgian music around!

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