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Katie Melua Releases New Single 14 Windows

Friday, 08 September 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

Katie Melua has released a single version of her track 14 Windows.

The reflective acoustic ballad appears on the singer-songwriter's ninth studio album, 'Love & Money', which arrived back in March. 

It was influenced by the psychiatrist who helped Melua with her recovery following a six-week hospitalisation in 2010, but twelve years later would take his own life. She said:

"The sudden death of my doctor last year was a huge shock to me, and it is very difficult for me to speak about it. It is dark and difficult. He loved music, he had a guitar in his consulting room. I saw him on and off for 8 years and I often think about his gentle manner, all the wisdom he gave me, and the strength he helped me to build in my personal life outside of record making."

Recording royalties from the song for the next 12 months are to be donated to The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund charity.

"This song is a dedication to a doctor who saved my life," Melua continued. "He gave me back a quality of life which I'll be forever grateful for by helping me through a severe mental health crisis. I was off all my medication after two years of being under his care. And when I heard last year that he took his own life I was floored.

"Naively, I didn't think that could ever happen to someone like him, but of course he and other doctors are at the front line of some of the worst battles people are facing, and being exposed to that daily, constantly, must take its toll. I have supported The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund in the past. It is a charity that gives doctors, refugee doctors, and medical students financial assistance as well as telephone befriending for those in need of help. As their website states: 'Nobody is immune to misfortune...'

"My dad is a GP at an NHS practice and he almost never talks about his work. I'd like to think that if there was ever a situation where he needed support outside of his family and friends, he'd give the RMBF a call."

The song's accompanying video will premiere on YouTube at 3pm BST today (September 8).


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