The whole concept for Vocal Ovation started in August 2009 when Julie’s husband booked her a surprise singing lesson with David Grant of “Pop Idol”, “Fame Academy” and “Carrie and David’s Pop Shop” fame to name but a few. Her initial session with him was a great success however not content to settle for it being just a one off, she booked for the following month when she planned to talk to David about training to becoming a Vocal Coach herself.
No one was more surprised and thrilled than Julie, when he actually beat her to it and suggested it first! Her lessons with him then took on a “coach the coach” model and she was fortunate and dedicated enough to travel to London monthly to continue her training with David and on occasions Carrie Grant as well. When her busy schedule allows it, she still makes it a priority to see David for lessons however is also a certified teacher within the Institute of Vocal Advancement (IVA) where she trains regularly with highly acclaimed voice instructors from across Europe & North America.
Although an absolute stickler for sound vocal technique, she also has a keen eye for recognising talent and is very much geared towards working with singers to help them achieve all the necessary aspects that will help them develop into successful artists.
She is the “go to” judge for several national singing competitions like Beyond the Lights, OpenMic UK and TeenStar UK & regularly hosts showcases of her amazingly talented list of students for industry professionals.
Many of those students have significant performances to their names that include; Sky One’s Bring On The Noise, BBC1’s The Voice, X Factor, Wembley Arena, Metro Radio Arena, O2 London and O2 Academy supporting and singing alongside the likes of Nicole Scherzinger, Mel C, Duffy, Karen Harding, Jane MacDonald, Joe McElderry and Olly Murs to name but a few!
Julie’s knowledge and experience of singing and performing along with her ability to effectively coach, develop and motivate makes an extremely dynamic and powerful combination. She has been said on numerous occasions to have worked “magic” on her students voices, not to mention their confidence and for that very reason has been labelled “Magic Miles” by so many of them!