British singer Katie Melua is parting ways with her long-time musical collaborator and mentor MIKE BATT.
The 23-year-old soul star has worked with the composer on albums Call Off The Search, Piece By Piece and the forthcoming Pictures after she was talent-spotted by Batt in 2002 - but insists she's now ready to move on and create songs on her own.
She says, "Me and Mike have decided this is the last album we are going to make as a creative team. It feels like the end of a chapter, our final little blast.
"I wouldn't say I was getting restless, but three (albums) was enough. I am becoming my own person and there isn't space any more for two creative people to go on an album."