Isla Grant was born in Wigtownshire, Scotland, to dairy farmers. Her early life was steeped in the traditional folk music of the region, coupled by the musical involvement of her family. Her father's kin were bagpipe players, while her mother's performed on violins and accordions.
Her own musical career began when she was 14 years old, performing traditional songs in folk clubs of the area. Grant's music was influenced upon hearing American country music performers such as Merle Haggard as well as Irish songwriters like Johnny McEvoy. While continuing to perform in clubs in Scotland, Ireland and England, she met Al Grant, a country and western bandleader. The two were later married in 1992.
That same year, the couple was in a serious automobile accident. Although both escaped with only moderate injuries, the mishap caused Isla Grant to withdraw from the spotlight of performance. She didn't tour for five years after the accident, instead composing and recording music from home. After seven years of recovery, Grant emerged again to sign a record label in Glasgow, producing the album "Life's Storybook Cover" in 1999.Learn more about Art & Literature