British singer Katie Melua has been invited to perform a private concert for Russian President VLADIMIR PUTIN at THE KREMLIN.

The 19-year-old, who was born in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, was left stunned by the offer - just a year after she performed for Queen ELIZABETH II at the Royal Variety Performance in London.

She says, "I'm thrilled, my father and grandfather will fly to in for the show.

"Grandad is coming from Georgia, it will be the first time he's seen me play live, so that makes it special."

18/04/2004 10:21