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Julian Smith (born May 1969) is a British saxophonist and music teacher from Halesowenmarker. He is also known by his stage name Joolz Gianni. He has made guest appearances alongside artistes such as Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Gwen Dickey (Rose Royce) and Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), and has performed on national television together with Chris Rea, M People, and Dina Carroll. In 2003, he released a solo album, Chilled 2 the Sax, which features Acker Bilk, Dina Carroll, and Ola Onabule. Some of his tracks also appear in the multi-platinum selling The Classic Chillout album series from Sony Music. Smith became better known after appearing on the third series of Britain's Got Talent in 2009 and finished in third place behind singer Susan Boyle and winning dance troupe Diversity.


Smith's father was a music teacher and had the opportunity to try out a lot of different instruments. He started playing the clarinet, but later switched to the saxophone. He studied the mechanics of the bassoon in college but began concentrating on the sax thereafter. Smith has been playing the saxophone for 20 years and cites some of his influences to be Kenny G, David Sanborn, Candy Dulfer, and Kirk Whalum.

He has children with his wife Iraz and said that he entered Britain's Got Talent to "make life better for them".

Britain's Got Talent

On 18 April 2009 during the third series of Britain's Got Talent, Smith entered with his saxophone. Judge Simon Cowell said to Smith "this could be something special about you Julian". He got into the semi-final which took place on 28 May 2009; Smith won the public vote. In the final on 30 May, he came third with 16.4% of votes out of nearly 4 million votes.


Joolz Gianni

  • Chilled 2 the Sax (2003), Sony TV

Compilation appearances

  • The Classic Chillout Album (2001), Sony Music Entertainment
  • The Classic Chillout Album 2 (2001), Columbia Records
  • The New Classic Chillout Album (2002), Sony Music Entertainment
  • Open Space - The Classic Chillout Album 2 (2002), Columbia Records


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