CANADIAN GUITAR GODDESS DONNA GRANTIS HAS GOLDEN MEMORIES OF PERFORMING WITH PRINCE

The late Prince Rogers Nelson was something of a guitar god, so to have kept up with him one must surely move in the rarefied realm of six-string deities oneself. Donna Grantis is such a guitar goddess.

The late Prince Rogers Nelson was something of a guitar god, so to have kept up with him one must surely move in the rarefied realm of six-string deities oneself.

Donna Grantis is such a guitar goddess. The Mississauga native was dangled an airline ticket and an invitation to go jam at the Purple One’s fabled Paisley Park studios out of the blue after online video evidence of her having her formidable way with “Stratus” — a tune from jazz-fusion drummer sans pareil Billy Cobham’s 1973 album Spectrum — caught fellow Cobham fan Prince’s eye in late 2012.

She bit, and barely two months into 2013 she found herself whooshed into service as a member of Prince’s white-hot touring band, the New Power Generation, and soon thereafter a similarly dextrous all-female power-trio offshoot with drummer Hannah Welton and bassist Ida Nielsen that would become known as 3rdEyeGirl and release an album called PlectrumElectrum in tandem with Prince’s solo joint Art Official Age the following year.

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