“Donna can whup every man on guitar, bar none” — Prince
“Lead guitarist Donna Grantis is stupendously gifted—trading licks and lead solos with Prince with an air of utter confidence and impunity.”
“Her tones, attack, phrasing, melodic ideas, improvs, grooves, and solos are as terrifyingly on point as a laser-guided drone, and everything is delivered with the unselfconscious swagger that identifies a musician truly in the moment.”
Acclaimed guitarist Donna Grantis, best known as the co-lead guitarist in Prince’s celebrated funk-rock band 3RDEYEGIRL and a member of his legendary supergroup New Power Generation, is set to release her debut solo album, DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE, March 22 via Entertainment One (eOne). Pre-order or Pre-save the album HERE.
The title track, “DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE,” premieres at Billboard. Read the interview HERE and share the track HERE.
Of the song and the record, Grantis says, “‘DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE’ reflects a whirlwind of emotions translated into instrumental, sonically experimental, compositions. From meditative explorations to rock-riff infused improvised jams, the album and its title track were heavily inspired by my musical and life experiences over the past few years, in particular, the life-changing adventure of joining Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL through to the birth of my first child.”
In support of the record, Grantis will be playing an album release show in Minneapolis on March 28 at Dakota Jazz Club. Info and tickets HERE.
In the fall of 2018, Grantis released an exclusive 7” featuring new songs “TRASHFORMER” and “VIOLETTA” in collaboration with guitarist Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and his vinyl label HockeyTalkter Records. You can download, stream and purchase the tracks HERE.
The record marks the first new music released by Grantis following her four-year tenure collaborating with Prince. She rehearsed, recorded, performed and toured with the iconic superstar from 2012-2016 and even composed the title track to Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL’s 2014 release, PLECTRUMELECTRUM, which reached #1 on the Billboard Rock Chart and was recorded live to tape at his historic Paisley Park Studios in Minnesota. Notable performances included three nights headlining the Montreux Jazz Festival, headlining the Essence Festival at a sold-out Superdome in New Orleans, and a historic performance at The White House for President Barack Obama and family.
Grantis’ current music marks a new direction for her as a bandleader—writing, arranging, producing and performing under her own name. Rooted in jazz improvisation, Grantis’ group creates a sound unique in today’s music scene—fusing incendiary guitar playing and Indian percussion that has been described by the Star Tribune as “New millennium jazz-rock fusion, sorta like Jeff Beck meets a post-modern Mahavishnu Orchestra.” Represented by International Music Network, Grantis will tour internationally in support of the album this year.
DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE Tracklist:
1. MR MAJESTIC
2. DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE
3. VIOLETTA (feat. Mike McCready)
4. TRASHFORMER (feat. Mike McCready)
7. MASTER MANIFESTER