Isla Grant was born in Wigtownshire, Scotland but when she was a few months old her family moved away and eventually settled in the Scottish Borders. Her parents were dairy people and Isla spent many happy years with her parents and two older brothers on the farm. She loved the farm life and would help her father in the milking parlour at milking time and for a while she showed hereford bulls at the cattle shows. Her love of music started at an early age when she would listen to records her mother had. These were mainly Scottish and Irish recordings, her brothers were at that time listening to jazz and pop and some skiffle.
When she was about eight she used to pluck the strings on her oldest brothers guitar and eventually he gave her the guitar so I suppose you could say that he is responsible for Isla starting to play music although music was right through her family. Her father’s side of the family were highland bagpipe players and her mother’s side were violin players and there were a few accordian players in there as well.
When she was about fourteen Isla started to sing in the folk clubs mainly in Scotland and in the north east of England, then she discovered country music and that changed her style in music. She worked professionally in the country music scene till 1992 when she was involved in a serious road accident along with her husband Al.
Due to injuries in the accident Isla was off the road for five years and in that time she started composing more of her own material which led to a recording contract. After eleven albums, some of which have gone triple platinum, Isla branched out and started her own record label (I.G.E.) and released her first album on her own label in October 2008.
Isla’s husband Al is an artist in his own right but is always on stage with Isla playing bass guitar and giving a few songs.
Isla has three sons and six grandchildren. She also has a great love of animals and has four dogs, and two cats, which keep her busy when she is at home.
Isla loves to tour, that’s when she gets the chance to meet all her fans and tell them how much she appreciates all their support.