Canadian guitarist Donna Grantis is best known for performing with Prince in his groups 3RDEYEGIRL and The New Power Generation. As co-lead guitarist in Prince’s most rock heavy band (3RDEYEGIRL), Grantis was named one of fifty sensational female guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine: “Trading blazing solos with the late Purple One on a nightly basis, she proved her mettle, and earned a place in guitar history”. Grantis composed the title track to Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL’s 2014 release, PLECTRUMELECTRUM, an instrumental song re-arranged by Prince that highlights the band’s improvisational prowess. The album soared to #1 on the Billboard Rock Chart. Upon joining the NPG family in 2012, Grantis toured throughout the UK, Europe and North America, taking part in the Live Out Loud, Hit & Run and Hit & Run 2 tours. Other notable performances include 3 nights headlining the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Essence Festival in New Orleans, the Baltimore Rally 4 Peace concert and The White House for the Obama family. Grantis has shared the stage with Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monáe and Kendrick Lamar. Television appearances include Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the Billboard Music Awards, the Arsenio Hall Show and a history-making eight minute set on Saturday Night Live.
Prior to working with Prince, Grantis was a performing artist, session musician and musical director based out of Toronto, Canada where she fronted an instrumental jazz-fusion trio called the Donna Grantis Electric Band. Continuing in that spirit, but now with a plethora of knowledge gained from working alongside one of the greatest musicians in history, she is debuting her newest musical project as a bandleader. Grantis is joined by acclaimed Minneapolis musicians: JT Bates (drums), Bryan Nichols (keys), Cody McKinney (bass) and, from New York, tabla artist Suphala. Rooted in jazz improvisation, the group creates a sound that is wholly unique in today’s music scene — fusing incendiary guitar playing and Indian percussion, described by the Star Tribune as “New millennium jazz-rock fusion, sorta like Jeff Beck meets a post-modern Mahavishnu Orchestra”. Grantis will be releasing much anticipated new music in 2018.