TORONTO GUITARIST DONNA GRANTIS RELEASES NEW MUSIC IN COLLABORATION WITH HALL OF FAME PEARL JAM GUITARIST MIKE MCCREADY
LIMITED EDITION TRASHFORMER 7” VINYL
NOW AVAILABLE ON HOCKEYTALKTER RECORDS
AND ON STREAMING PLATFORMS
DEBUT SOLO ALBUM DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE
TO BE RELEASED IN EARLY 2019 VIA EONE
“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.” – Drowned in Sound
“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 – November 16, 2018 – Acclaimed Toronto native, Donna Grantis, best known as the co-lead guitarist in Prince’s celebrated funk-rock band, 3RDEYEGIRL, has released two new songs, TRASHFORMER and VIOLETTA, as a limited edition 7” with Hall of Fame Pearl Jam guitarist, Mike McCready, via his vinyl label, HockeyTalkter Records. The tracks are off Grantis’ forthcoming album, DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE, which is set for release in early 2019 via global powerhouse eOne. You can download, stream and purchase the tracks here.
The 7” highlights a collaboration between Grantis and McCready that was sparked in 2013 while Grantis was performing with Prince in his bands, 3RDEYEGIRL, and New Power Generation. She met McCready following a show at The Showbox in Seattle, WA and years later joined him and Pearl Jam on stage for a pair of shows at Scotiabank Arena, jamming Neil Young’s, Rockin’ In The Free World and The Who’s, Baba O’Riley, to close out respective shows on May 10th and 12th, 2016.
Speaking about the release, Grantis notes, “It has been an incredible honor to collaborate with Mike on these songs. His playing has always been a huge inspiration—from the time I first picked up the guitar through to composing TRASHFORMER with this collaboration in mind. Mike adds a glorious solo on the outro of TRASHFORMER that is absolutely electrifying and ambient sound effects throughout the B-side, VIOLETTA, that are truly sublime. It was so much fun making this music!” As well, McCready adds, “I had the great pleasure of seeing Donna Grantis play guitar with Prince and she was amazing! Donna is a phenomenal guitar player with a killer groove and instinct. I was honoured to be asked to play on two of her songs, TRASHFORMER and VIOLETTA. I’m stoked to be putting out both on limited 7-inch vinyl through my label, HockeyTalkter Records. Hope everyone enjoys the great groove and these sweet songs.”
TRASHFORMER and VIOLETTA mark 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 include 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 performed alongside Prince at the Sony Centre on May 12th, 2015. The show was a homecoming for Donna, which Prince playfully highlighted to the audience prior to launching into his timeless hit, Kiss. blogTO noted of the evening, “Jam-y at the best of times, and in the best of possible ways, Prince has surrounded himself with some jaw-dropping talent. Often characterized as a control freak, he let the others do a lot of heavy lifting including Toronto guitarist, Donna Grantis, who figured heavily in the solo department. How good a guitarist do you have to be for Prince to let you play his iconic solo from Purple Rain? Exactly.”
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 IMN, Grantis will tour internationally in support of the album next year, starting January 5 in New York City with a performance at Winter Jazzfest NYC.
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