Julie Grant is a singer/songwriter who is saying something different. Described as a refreshing artist with a smooth voice, melodic tunes and intelligent lyrics. She writes songs about life, its situations and challenges.
Starting out as drummer and then bassist in local bands, Julie always wanted to be a singer. In 1989, she began her career as a singer/songwriter, forming her first band 'Crimson Mints' in the northeast of England. After playing high profile gigs in Newcastle-upon-Tyne at venues such as The Riverside, Newcastle Arts Centre and The Bunker, she was asked to play live on Tyne Tees Television with her band. The band, now performing under the name 'Julie Grant', came to the attention of John Peel. He quickly became a fan, regularly playing Julie’s music on his show on Radio 1.
Songs including 'Couldn't Care Less', 'Mother I've Won', 'Orange Brain' and 'Green and Purple' featured lyrics about subjects not popularly covered in music at that time - mental health and domestic abuse.
That same year, she recorded several songs at Studio 64 in Middlesbrough and went on tour across the UK under the banner: ‘We Are Not A Manchester Band’ playing at venues such as London's Rock Garden, Manchester's Hacienda and Boardwalk. Mick Middles wrote a feature article in the Manchester Evening News stating ‘this emerging artist is one to watch out for’.
Music journalist Peter Kinghorn described Julie as ‘winsome with a wistful voice’
In 1992, Julie performed on Lorraine Kelly’s Breakfast Television programme on ITV she also recorded a music programme ‘East Coast Mainline’ for Tyne Tees Television in 1994. The producer for this was Mark Lavender, later to produce the series Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn. Hiring Newcastle’s iconic Riverside venue for 3 days, Julie performed ‘My Name Is Yours’ and was interviewed for a feature in Melody Maker and the NME.
Around this time, Julie was regularly performing on BBC Radio and did sessions produced by Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers, as well as being featured on Woman's Hour on Radio 4. The BBC released live acoustic performances of her tracks 'Orange Brain' and 'Over and Out'.
Melody Maker’s feature about Julie described her as having ‘strong vocal melodies and intelligent lyrics’. She was honoured to subsequently receive two awards for ‘Best Voice in the North’ and ‘Newcastle's Finest Artist’ in 1995.
In the 90’s, Julie toured extensively and supported Robyn Hitchcock and The Cranberries. She also headlined at venues in London such as: The Marquee, The Rock Garden and Water Rats. Performances also followed with Hugh Whittaker and Paul Heaton from The Housemartins (later The Beautiful South).
Rhythm King Records in London, a subsidiary of Island Records at the time, offered Julie a record deal. Flying over to Dublin for talks, she performed with the legendary singer Sinead O'Connor at Vicar Street.
Opting to stay with her band, rather than take the record deal offered as a solo artist, they unfortunately later let her down at a crucial moment just before they were due to appear on the Jools Holland show in 1995 – they weren’t ready give up their day jobs and take a leap of faith to work full time in music. Julie Grant has always been about the unit, the band. Julie was devastated.
Left with no band and not wanting to start again finding new musicians to form a new one, she drifted off into theatre production. Studying at RADA, Julie began working in theatre production before moving into television production working at the BBC. She worked as a production assistant and then a writer for EastEnders.
After a break from music, Julie returned by popular demand in 2018 with a new band, new songs and a new EP – ‘I Am Your Niche’. She quickly began to receive radio airplay for her new material and was delighted to be voted ‘Artist of the Year’ in 2018 by Nova Radio North East.
Julie’s latest release ‘There's More To Me Than This’ is available now on all digital platforms.
With regular airplay both at home and in America, Canada and Ireland, Julie’s fanbase continues to grow. She is keen to engage with her fans and give them opportunities to experience her music. Join her mailing list to receive exclusive updates and promos of her upcoming releases and performances.