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. Stream/share HERE.
Of the record Associated Press proclaims, “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 record, Grantis is set to play an album release show in Minneapolis on
March 28 at Dakota Jazz Club. 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.
DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE Tracklist:
1. MR MAJESTIC
2. DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE
3. VIOLETTA (feat. Mike McCready)
4. TRASHFORMER (feat. Mike McCready)
7. MASTER MANIFESTER