Carrie and David Grant are BAFTA award-winning broadcasters, vocal coaches, leadership coaches and campaigners. Their TV and music career has spanned over 40 years and they have been awarded a MOBO award and a BASCA for their lifetime services to the music industry.
David has had 14 hit records and been nominated for 2 Brit Awards. David was awarded an MBE in 2019 for his lifetime services to music. David has acted at The National Theatre (Oh What a Lovely War), Bristol Old Vic (Amen Corner) and starred in the National Tour of Five Guys Named Mo.
Carrie started her career as a dancer (on Top of the Pops) and singer and represented the UK in the Eurovision 1983. She went on to host a number of TV shows and provided backing vocals for many artists. For ten years Carrie was a reporter for BBC 1’s The One Show and together with David currently hosts the Saturday Breakfast Show on BBC Radio London. Carrie also presents three podcast series. In 2018 Carrie was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Bedfordshire for contribution to autism and charity and in 2022 another Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University for her work in Health and Education. In 2020 she was also awarded an MBE for her services to Music, Media and Charity.
Together Carrie and David became vocal coaches on Pop Idol and then went on to become a coaches and judges on Fame Academy. They created and presented the ground-breaking CBeebies show Carrie and David’s Popshop. Together they had a No1 DVD and they have both the largest selling vocal coaching book and the biggest on-line vocal coaching course in the world. They are regular judges on Chorister/Young choir/Gospel Choir of the Year. The have coached at Goldsmiths School of Music and The Academy of Contemporary Music. This May ‘23 they release their book “A Very Modern Family” on Little, Brown Publishing.
Artists they have worked with across all their disciplines include: Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Bette Midler, Tom Jones, Paloma Faith, Nile Rogers, Al Jarreau, Rod Stewart, Roberta Flack, Kirsty McColl, The Pogues, Sting, Take That, The Spice Girls, S Club 7, Will Young, Lemar, Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Lovato, Manic Street Preachers, Def Leppard, Lisa Stansfield, Lional Richie, Shania Twain, Mariah Carey.
Alongside her TV and music career, Carrie has been the President of the Unite Union for Community Practitioners and Health Visitors (CPHVA) as well as being the Patient Lead for the College of Medicine and an Ambassador for three charities: Crohns & Colitis UK (having had Crohn’s Disease herself for the over forty years), The National Autistic Society and The Diana Award. She is Patron of the young people’s mental health charity, Beyond. She sits on the largest Transforming Care Partnership Panel in the UK. Carrie is a keen campaigner for change in Healthcare Systems and the celebration of Neuro-diversity in society. She is an anti-bullying Ambassador and promotes adoption. Carrie has chaired and given keynote addresses at many health and education conferences both nationally and internationally.
She has participated in steering groups for white papers and spearheaded gathering a group of experts in Autism in the UK to share best practice and promote change for females with Autism. She has contributed chapters to three books, Autism and Girls (Routledge Publishers), The Book Of Hope – Pan Macmillan and Educational Psychology Perspectives on Supporting Young Autistic People – Jessica Kingsley.
In 2022 Carrie released her book, “SEND IN UK Schools – A Parent Perspective.” She also supported the launch of the world’s first All Party Parliamentary Group for ADHD in parliament.
Carrie and David are Leadership Coaches and have worked with many leading companies and organisations including, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, The Home Office, BBC Worldwide, KMPG, Orange, Old Mutual, France Telecom, Coral, Lloyds TSB, Express Newspapers, BUPA, Skandia, Nike, Skanska, IMG, The Body Shop, Dixons, Shell, Ballet Rambert, Morrisons, B&Q, The NHS, Nationwide, The Audit Commission, Ernst & Young, Wagamama, The Post Office, Costa, British Gas, Wella, Wickes, Ebay and many others.
Carrie and David run a number of community support groups from their home. One monthly parent support group for 200 families has run for ten years and The Space Church has run weekly for the past 14 yrs. Carrie is currently studying for ordination.
Carrie and David have four children three are birth children, one was adopted – all are neuro-divergent.