Julie Grant's honest lyricism and velvet tones have earned her several awards such as: Songwriter of the Year, Best Voice and Acoustic Artist of the Year.
Starting out as a drummer and then a bassist in local bands, Julie always wanted to be a singer, so decided to write her own songs and form her own band in 1989. After playing at venues such as Newcastle's legendary Riverside, she performed a live session on Tyne-Tees Television and then came to the attention of Radio 1 DJ John Peel. He quickly became a fan, regularly playing Julie's music on his hugely popular show. As a result, cassette sales rocketed and merchandise completely sold out.
During the same year, she went on a UK tour under the banner: 'We Are Not A Manchester Band' headlining London's Rock Garden, Water Rats, The Marquee and Mean Fiddler. London's Evening Standard stated: 'this emerging artist is one to watch out for.'
Newcastle Music journalist, Peter Kinghorn, described Julie as 'winsome with a wistful voice.'
In 1992 she performed 'Here Lies Dust' with a cellist, acoustic guitarist and pianist on newly transmitted national Breakfast TV.
In 1995, she recorded a live set for Tyne Tees Television's East Coast Mainline, where she was also interviewed. The producer for this show was Mark Lavender who later went on to produce the series, Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn. He hired Newcastle's Riverside for the performance which featured two songs: 'My Name Is Yours' and 'Over and Out.'
Julie was also featured in Melody Maker and the NME where she was interviewed about her lyrics, as she covered subjects which were not popularly mentioned in music at that particular time. Julie was ahead of the rest.
Around this time she was also regularly performing live acoustic sessions which were broadcast on BBC Radio. She was also the first artist to perform a live acoustic set in Our Price Records (formerly Virgin Records) packing out the store.
She also supported The Cranberries and Robyn Hitchcock, as well as performing with Paul Heaton and Hugh Whittaker from the Housemartins.
In the late nineties, Island Records offered Julie a solo deal and flew her to London for talks. However, she chose not to work as a solo artist with session musicians and instead moved over to the theatre, working on various productions, before being awarded a scholarship to prestigius drama school RADA where she trained for 2 years. From there she crossed in to television production and worked as a writer for BBC soap EastEnders.
However, Julie is back writing and recording and once again, receiving national radio airplay and further awards with her infectious pop tunes. She has recently had various tracks from the album played on BBC Radio as well as several independent stations.
Julie will be performing acoustic sets in select venues. Keep checking this site for further information or get in touch via the contact page to email Julie directly. Meanwhile, have a listen to some tracks from the album on the songs page.
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