Carrie and David Grant are probably the best known pop vocal coaches in the UK. With a client list that includes Take That, The Spice Girls, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlotte Church, The Saturdays, Modestep, Lemar, Will Young and numerous others their credentials are second to none. It was their involvement with Fame Academy which brought them to the attention of the nation. Subsequently they were seen as vocal coaches on the three series of “Comic Relief Does Fame Academy”, where they helped develop the vocal abilities of the celebrities as well as championing their cause with the judges. They were the vocal coaches and judges on “Fame Academy” having also appeared as vocal coaches in “Pop Idol”, with Carrie having been featured in the original “Fame Academy”. However both of their careers cover a far wider area.
Through the early 1980's David Grant had a very successful career as the vocalist for the Brit-Funk duo Linx. The partnership with bassist Sketch provided four Top Twenty singles between 1980 and 1983 with "Intuition", "Throw away the key", "So this is Romance" and the classic "You’re Lying" as well as a silver album with "Intuition". Linx were nominated for a Brit Award in the Best Newcomer Category.
When the band split in 1983 David went on to have a very successful solo career with three Top 30 hits, "Stop and go", "Watching you watching me" and "Love will find a way" followed by the Top 5 duet with Jaki Graham "Could it be I’m falling in love”. In all David has had some 14 hit singles in the UK charts, and was nominated for a Brit Award in the Best Male Category. Throughout this period David also found time to be presenting various tv shows, including “Riverside”, “CDQ” as well as being virtually a resident on Mike Read’s “Pop Quiz” and presenting various soul shows, including the Robbie Vincent Show on BBC Radio London. He was also nominated for Best newcomer in the Brit Awards as lead singer of Linx. He is now also a top-session singer, and vocal arranger and vocal producer, appearing on various tv shows including Jools Holland’s “Later”.
Carrie has had various roles in the entertainment industry. Starting as a dancer on Top of The Pops and moving into presenting for Children’s television, for network programmes such as “How dare you” (Tyne Tees),”Freeze Frame” and the BBC’s award winning series “Heart and Soul” (BBC1), which entailed in-depth interviews. Carrie then moved into session singing where she became one of the country’s top session singers. Working with the likes of Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, Rod Stewart, Lighthouse Family, Fat Boy Slim and many others.
David and Carrie then worked together on their highly acclaimed gospel album "Watching and waiting" which went on to win them a prestigious MOBO Award as best gospel album for 1998. Carrie followed this with vocal coaching and producing, working with some of the UK’s top pop acts in the US, Europe and the UK.
As well as being seen as the foremost vocal coaches in the UK Carrie and David also teach on Senior Business Management training courses. Interactively using the medium of music, they have trained, amongst many others, clients such as The Foreign Office, Body Shop, Orange, Skandia, Skanska, Pfizer and Express Newspapers. Their programmes cover strategy and leadership, change management and team building. David takes a keen interest in politics and current affairs and is frequently appearing on “Daily Politics” and “BBC Breakfast News”. Together they are also involved in mentoring work. They are both very supportive of young people in the Arts and have presented awards at The Teaching Awards and various Education and Learning Awards, as well as David becoming Ambassador for UK Skills.
Carrie and David are passionate about singing and have released their award winning vocal coaching DVD/Video, “You Can Sing”, and book “Total Singing Tutor”, which are invaluable aids to both beginners and professionals who wish to get the best from their singing voices. Their commitment to singing is huge and they are often involved with events where they coach an audience to sing.
At the end of 2007 Carrie and David received the prestigious Gold Badge Award presented by The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters in recognition of their outstanding contribution to British music.