Grand Central Records was an independent record label based in the Northern Quarter of Manchester, England. It was started in 1995 by DJ Mark Rae (who, along with Steve Christian makes up the duo Rae & Christian). Rae started out working as manager of the Fat City Records’ store (which is now also a record label). The two labels maintained a close relationship, co-hosting club nights including Friends and Family.
Grand Central also had a digital sub-label, GC3.
As of May 2006, Grand Central Records ceased operating as a record label and the official website was closed down. The label was allegedly investigated by the MCPS with regard to unpaid royalties and the resultant bill was so large that it forced the label into liquidation.
- Boca 45
- Broadway Project
- Dual Control
- Funky Fresh Few
- Ill Gotten Gains
- Jon Kennedy
- Kate Rogers
- Kohei Mihara
- Mark Rae
- Only Child
QNC are New York hip hop artists, QBall and DJ / producer Curt Cazal. Originally members of J.V.C. F.O.R.C.E (Justified By Virtue For Obvious Reasons Concerning Entertainment), QNC later collaborated with Rae & Christian and Aim. Their debut album, Duo Dynamic, was released in 2005.
The Nudge is Christian Wood (aka Woody), a DJ from Salford, Greater Manchester, signed to Grand Central Records by Mark Rae. He only released a couple of 12″ singles under the name The Nudge – Bumpin’ and Quickness (feat. The Rusty Pelicans aka The Rusty Ps), although further tracks and remixes appear on the Grand Central albums, Grand Central Vol. 1, Grand Central Vol. 2, Grand Central Translation, Grand Central Vol. 3 and Underground Crown Holders.
- Tony D
Veba is a singer from Old Trafford, Manchester. She provided vocals on several songs for other Grand Central artists’ records, including Mark Rae, Tony D, Fingathing, Only Child and most notably, Rae & Christian. An album containing several of her appearances, Veba Vs Grand Central was released in 2005.