Wogan's support raised Melua's profile and when Call Off the Search was released in November 2003 supported by a TV campaign financed by Batt, it entered the top 40 UK albums chart.The single achieved the number 10 spot in the UK chart.The family remained in Belfast, living close to Falls Road, until Melua was twelve.
Becoming a British citizen meant that Melua had held three citizenships before she was 21; first, Soviet, then, Georgian and finally, British.
In November 2003, at the age of nineteen, Melua released her first album, Call Off the Search, which reached the top of the United Kingdom album charts and sold 1.8 million copies in its first five months of release.
In 1993, in the aftermath of the Georgian Civil War, the family moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland, where her father took up a position at the Royal Victoria Hospital.
After an appearance on the Royal Variety Show the album was further boosted and Batt continued a relentless marketing campaign which saw the album hit the number one spot in January 2004.
Call Off the Search reached the top five in Ireland, top twenty in Norway and top thirty in a composite European chart.
The Melua family then moved to Sutton, London, and some time later moved again to Redhill, Surrey.