Photo: Madison Dube
Canadian guitarist Donna Grantis is best known for performing with Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL and the New Power Generation. As co-lead guitarist in Prince’s most rock heavy band, 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 Baltimore Rally 4 Peace concert, The White House for the Obama family, and a concert for Madonna and her touring crew at Paisley Park. Grantis has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae, Kendrick Lamar, Lianne La Havas and Judith Hill. 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 & 3RDEYEGIRL, Grantis was a performing artist, session musician and musical director based out of Toronto, Canada. As a leader and composer, she fronted an instrumental jazz-fusion trio called the Donna Grantis Electric Band. Continuing in that spirit, but now with a plethora of knowledge and experience gained from working alongside the greatest musical mentor of our time, she is ready to debut her newest musical project as a bandleader. Rooted in blues, with a rock edge and a jazz sensibility, Grantis cites Prince, Hendrix, Jeff Beck and John Scofield as prominent influences. With a passion for music produced during Miles Davis’ “Electric Period” from the 1970s, Grantis seeks to create an exploratory musical platform, both ethereal and groove based.