QUEEN/DOM CHAPTER 1: QUEEN IS OUT ON MAY 5 TO MARK FIRST INSTALMENT OF FORTHCOMING DOUBLE EP
|TORONTO, ON – April 7, 2022 – Following a successful 2021 of new music, performances, and powerful initiatives, Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director, Domanique Grant, announces her double-EP, QUEEN/DOM, with the first instalment, Chapter 1: Queen, launching on May 5. Today, Domanique shares a powerful piece of the project with Real Me, a song about being worthy of love despite our imperfections, and arrives with a stunning self-directed video - listen to Real Me and watch the video here.
Real Me [produced by GRAMMY-nominated Jarrel The Young (Drake) and co-written by Domanique Grant and Kiki Rowe) continues Domanique's journey of sharing the power of being your true self in song, as explored in her previous single, Airbrush.
The video for Real Me was Directed/Creative Directed by Domanique alongside DOP Alim Z Sabir, and choreography by Leon Blackwood. It draws inspiration from The Cat In The Hat's Thing One and Thing Two characters, as Domanique wanted to explore what they would be like if they were turned into real womxn in relationships. Thing One and Thing Two are intended to challenge our concept of real versus fake/ imaginary in the actual show and the team drew from this to inform the colour scheme, wardrobe, choreography and lighting.
Empowering narratives will take shape on Queen, the first chapter of QUEEN/DOM, through an array of sonic elements, infectious production and introspective, inspiring lyrics about generational healing, self love and worthiness for womxn.
On the inspiration behind the project, Domanique adds: "I wrote this project to claim my own narrative and to own the fact that the process to learning self-love and to claiming your crown is complicated."
Last year, Domanique's single, Airbrush, made waves for its bold, tell-it-like-it-is multi-layered take on how colourism, shadeism, gender norms, narcissism, and self-esteem unfold and impact digital culture. Listen to Airbrush here and watch the video here. Domanique partnered with Ensemble and RBCxMusic for the project and launched an intimate in-studio preview of the track you can check out here.
Domanique shared an acoustic rendition of her powerful song, Airbrush, with reimagined flair to inspire self love in the whirlwind of internet culture. Take a listen to the acoustic rendition, with revitalized lyrics here and watch Domanique's performance here.
The Airbrush campaign featured a Cosplay series on Instagram, showcasing Domanique's re-creations of Marvel and DC superheroes, in collaboration with Toronto body paint artist, Alchemy Center. As the song champions every shade and gender, Domanique launched the series to inspire new perspectives around gender and beauty norms online. Get a glimpse of Domanique's take on X-Men's Mystique here, and her latest reimagination of Wonder Woman here.
Domanique hasn't slowed down amidst a time of worldwide change. In 2020, Domanique’s craft made global headlines through Till We See The Sun, her stunning, uplifting track that spread joy at the height of the first pandemic lockdown. Since then, she has cultivated a partnership with RBCxMusic, as featured in their Grammy Awards campaign, Fuelling Firsts, which aired during the 2021 awards ceremony broadcast. She delivered presentations, performances and numerous public speaking engagements. Most recently, Domanique performed at the Humber River Heroes benefit concert by the Humber River Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Nurses Foundation Maskerade Gala hosted by etalk's Traci Melchor, and Toronto International Film Festival, opening the screening of the documentary, Listening To Kenny G.
In addition, Domanique produced RBC's The Imagine Summit, supporting artist-entrepreneurs in imagining beyond the limitations of the current global climate, by offering exclusive access to industry leaders, mindfulness training and financial resources.
Stay tuned for more sonic self-love from Domanique as she prepares to release QUEEN/DOM and learn about Domanique’s incredible career to date below.
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About Domanique Grant
(pronunciation: DOM-AH-NEEKE GRANT, pronouns: she/her)
You may call her QueenDom. Her mom did when she was a child, and now Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director Domanique Grant is claiming it in adulthood, as the title of her forthcoming double EP (the first chapter due April 21, 2022), for which she opens up some tough conversations — of worthiness, forgiveness, self love, notions of beauty and Internet culture.
Fresh off of her collaboration with the Grammy Awards and RBCxMusic, Domanique Grant is a Pop/Soul, Singer-Songwriter from Toronto, named one of Buzzfeed’s Top 20 Artists to Watch from Canada.
With a live show that’s been praised by Ted Talk, recent collaborations with Grammy nominated producer Jarrel ‘The’ Young (Drake 2021, The Weeknd 2020, Fall out Boyz 2019) and a Pandemic-song that went viral worldwide, 2022 is set to be a big year for the teal haired powerhouse.
“I want to create music that reminds people to be authentic, especially when the world tells you that you don’t fit," Domanique says.
The release of Domanique’s upcoming EP album QueenDom, exploring self-love and authenticity in a digital age; does that and more. With a milky vocal tone, paired with a praised, rap-singing versatility, echoing influences as diverse as Lauren Hill, Lisa Left-Eye Lopes, Rihanna, Sza and Chance the Rapper, combined, Domanique’s music straddles the lines of modern Pop and R&B, with elements of Electronic and Hip Hop that can’t be ignored.
QueenDom is a double EP release with the first chapter coming in April and the second to come in late 2022. Introspective yet relatable, on the project, Domanique shows both a bold and vulnerable side. Like many of us, she shifted her focus during the Covid Pandemic towards further growth and self-care. And for her, that meant creating more music. She spent the last year reflecting, writing and recording.