Carrie Grant

Caroline Vanessa "Carrie" Grant (née Gray, born 17 August 1965) is a British vocal coach,[1] television presenter, and session singer.

Carrie Grant
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Carrie Grant at the 2008 Red Bull Flugtag
Born
Caroline Vanessa Gray

(1965-08-17) 17 August 1965 (age 54)
Enfield, London, England
OccupationVocal coach, singer, TV presenter
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)David Grant
ChildrenOlivia, among others

CareerEdit

Grant is best known for her work on the television talent contests Fame Academy,[2] Comic Relief Does Fame Academy, and Pop Idol, and the children's television series Carrie and David's Popshop, together with her husband and colleague David Grant.[3] She is also personal voice coach to many successful pop stars.

She first came to fame as a singer in her own right with the pop group Sweet Dreams in 1983, when they represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest that year with the song "I'm Never Giving Up".[4] They finished in the top six.

In 2009, Grant was featured in the tenth episode of the second series of Total Wipeout.

Since 2010, she has been a regular reporter on BBC One's magazine programme The One Show.

In 2012, she appeared on the ITV documentary, The Talent Show Story where she spoke about her time as a judge and coach.

In May 2014, it was announced that Grant would be head of the United Kingdom national jury in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.[5]

In January 2018, Grant participated in And They're Off! in aid of Sport Relief.

Personal lifeEdit

She and husband David have four children: daughters Olivia, Talia, and Imogen, and Nathan. Two of her daughters are autistic.[6] Olivia played Alice Connor in the fifth series of The Story of Tracy Beaker and went on to a small role in EastEnders. She then went on to play the part of Mia Stone in the CBBC show Half Moon Investigations. Talia has also recently began her acting career by joining the cast of Hollyoaks as Brooke Hathaway.

Grant has suffered from Crohn's disease since the age of 18[7] and has been praised by science education charity Sense About Science for her efforts in raising the profile of the disease without making any scientifically unsound claims about available therapies.[8] She is a supporter of the Labour Party and addressed its conference in 2012, about why she valued the National Health Service.[9]

Grant is also Patient Lead at The College of Medicine[10] and has spoken at their conferences on involving patients in treatment choices.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Secrets of singing revealed". The Daily Telegraph. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  2. ^ "They've got the X Factor". The Guardian. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  3. ^ Kinnear, Lucy (18 February 2008). "The 5-minute Interview: Carrie Grant, vocal coach and session singer". The Independent. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Talking Shop: Carrie Grant". BBC. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Eurovision UK jury headed by vocal coach Carrie Grant". BBC News.
  6. ^ "'Too many suffer in silence': Why we urgently need to talk about autism and girls".
  7. ^ "'My life with Crohn's disease'". National Health Service. 28 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Celebrities and Science Review 2008" (PDF). Sense About Science. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 January 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  9. ^ Clare Horton. "Today in healthcare: Wednesday 3 October". The Guardian.
  10. ^ "College leaders in specialist areas – College of Medicine – Changing the Conversation About Health".

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