Julie Forsyth and Dominic Grant met for the first time on November 8th 1974. They both answered an ad in the NME music paper and auditioned for a new girl/boy group that was to be formed. The name of the group was to be ‘Guys ‘N’ Dolls, there were three girls, Julie, Thereza Bazar & Martine Howard and three boys, Dominic, Paul Griggs & David Van Day. Their first single was released in March 1975 and called, ‘There’s a Whole Lotta Loving’. The single was a huge hit and the Group toured the World and had massive success. David and Thereza moved on to form ‘Dollar’ while the others continued to work with most of the greats in the recording industry where the highlight had to be supporting Frank Sinatra at the New Festival Hall.
In 1980 Dominic & Julie had their first child, a Son, Luke. So he was on tour with them from the age of two weeks old!
They decided to leave England and move to Holland to concentrate all their efforts into making records and touring Europe, their biggest hit’s during this period were, ‘Your my World’ and ‘You don’t have to say you love me’ . In 1981 Martine Howard left the group and for a while Julie’s Sister, Laura, stepped in, until they found a permanent replacement who turned out to be Rosie Hetherington, during the next six or so years they recorded several Albums and countless hit singles such as ‘Broken dreams’, ‘I got the fire in me’, ‘I heard it on the radio’, ‘I feel like crying’….ect….. ect….. The group had been constantly touring but in 1985 Paul & Rosie decided they wanted to stop, this was a sad time as they were all good friends but life goes on and Julie & Dominic decided to go it alone as a duo. Their friend and Producer at the time, Richard De Bois, suggested to them that they should call themselves by their names (as people knew them in the Group as Dominic Grant and Julie Forsyth), so ‘Grant & Forsyth’ was born!
The first couple of years were a struggle but in 1988 things changed & proved to be a defining year for Grant and Forsyth when they made their first mark on the charts with a hit recording of the Walker Brother’s classic ‘The sun ain’t gonna shine anymore’, mixed with The Ronettes ‘Be my Baby’. Julie also found success as a song writer, writing a song called ‘Go’ which came second in the Eurovision Song Contest, sung by Scott Fitzgerald, losing by one point to the Swiss entry, sung by the then unknown Celine Dion.
1990 was the turning point. The first album,’ Country Love Songs’ went platinum in Holland. This huge success was followed by a string of ‘Country Love Song’ albums, all of which earned gold & platinum status. To date, Julie & Dominic have sold over 4 million albums in Holland alone making them the most successful husband and wife team in Europe. During this period they had the pleasure of meeting up with Johnny Cash.
In 1991 they where blessed with their second child, a little girl, Sophia …… another one for the touring bus!
They have embarked on many ‘Theatre’ tours, which is, they say, their ‘favourite thing to do’, and also perform for numerous corporate events. In 2004 EMI released a comprehensive 3CD retrospective entitled ‘The Platinum Country Collection’, they also had their first commercial DVD release.
The duo then took time out while Dominic concentrated on his Art. He has become a very successful Sculptor, (if you want to view Dominic’s work you can go to www.dominicgrant.com ).
He exhibits in Mayfair London, Portofino & Monaco.
Love grows was a single in August 2008′ and was a hit !…..They both always loved this song. For Dominic it bought back memories of working with Tony Macaulay, (one of the writers of Love grows) in 1970. Tony played ‘Love grows’ to Dominic back then and said, ‘I think this is the best record I’ve ever made’ ……. For Julie, who was at school at the time, remembers hearing it on the radio and loving it. She tried to buy it at her local record shop which had sold out, so took a bus to the next town, they had also sold out , all day she tried to buy that record but it had sold out everywhere. Tony was right, it was the best Record he’d ever made. The song was co written by Barry Mason and Sylvan Whittingham.
Dominic & Julie went on to work with Tony Macaulay while in Guy’s N Dolls, and Julie wrote a couple of songs with Barry Mason in the 90′s.
At the end of 2008 Dominic & Julie embarked on their first ‘Christmas’ Theater Tour and released a Christmas CD, ‘At Christmas’, and the DVD, ‘Christmas Time’ They also Toured the Christmas show in 2009.
In 2010 they were asked by Arjen Terpstra, the MD of T2 Records, to make their next album in Nashville. They went there in June 2010 and recorded at the HILLTOP STUDIO’S with some of the best musicians around.
Sophie Purdie, their Daughter, went along and sung backing vocals, and also sings solo on one of the tracks, ‘You’re No Good’, their Son, Luke, features on ‘Don’t Take Your Guns To Town’.
The Album is a pure musical experience of great songs and is called ‘The Road To Nashville’. It was released September 2010 & they embarked on another Theater Tour…..Also toured in 2011….
Dominic continues to Sculpt & has produced some wonderful work. He was very proud to be asked to Sculpt the parents of his dear friend Rene Froger. Jan & Mein Froger were an amazing couple & had carved a very important part in the Dutch music World in Amsterdam. To honor them, Rene asked Dominic to cast them in Bronze & place the Statue in the Elandsgracht so they would be a part of Amsterdam forever.
Julie has been working on a Screenplay with her friend Sally Glinn… they have completed the script and are now working on Pre-Production…’Very exciting’ she say’s ‘but takes a while’! which brings us to 2013,
Lots of plans coming up, they have just recorded a new single…they Tour in November, what comes between those months is exciting & you’ll know soon!!!…..