DONNA GRANTIS RELEASES DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE TODAY VIA EONE
BUY AND STREAM THE ALBUM NOW
ALBUM RELEASE SHOW MARCH 28
AT DAKOTA JAZZ CLUB IN MINNEAPOLIS
“Donna can whup every man on guitar, bar none” – Prince
“A forward-thinking player with incendiary chops, Grantis’ technique is also laden with feel.” - Vintage Guitar Magazine
“Being a Prince protégé, a longtime session player and a kick-ass guitarist in her own right, Grantis is committed to excellence, and it's at work here, from the composition to the layered production.” – Exclaim!
“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.” – Guitar Player
Toronto, ON – March 22, 2019 – 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, debuts her solo album, DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE today via eOne. Stream/share here.
Born and raised in Toronto, Grantis received local love on the release, with Exclaim! proclaiming her a “musical legend” in their 8/10 review, noting, “Grantis is committed to excellence, and it's at work here, from the composition to the layered production.” In this week’s issue of NOW Magazine, Grantis rocked pieces from Toronto designers, Call and Response, in an exclusive feature interview highlighting the album and her career to date.
Associated Press proclaimed, “Recorded live-to-tape in just two days, a pace similar to that of many great jazz albums, DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE is an experimentally adventurous set, which contains ample evidence why Prince held Grantis in such high regard.” Vintage Guitar Magazine says, “Razor sharp guitars and lively percussion make this an intense treat.”
In support of the release, Grantis is set to play an album release show in Minneapolis on March 28 at Dakota Jazz Club. You can find more info and tickets here.
Previously released tracks include, MR MAJESTIC, as well as title track, DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE, which premiered at Billboard. 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.
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.