In November 2012, Donna received an email from producer Joshua Welton asking if she would be interested in jamming with Prince, drummer Hannah Welton and bassist Ida Nielsen at Prince’s recording complex, Paisley Park. With a one way ticket to Minneapolis and a shortlist of requested songs under her fingers, this marked the beginning of a whirlwind of events that would unfold over the following three years. An intense rehearsal schedule led to Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL’s debut performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The Live Out Loud tour soon followed and featured the band performing two sets a night of fiery rock and roll in intimate clubs along the US west coast. In early 2014, the band played a series of Hit & Run inpromptu shows in London announced at the eleventh hour via Twitter at historic venues including Ronnie Scotts, Electric Ballroom, Koko and Shepherds Bush Empire. Later that year, the band returned to the UK and Europe for the Hit & Run 2 tour, blowing up arenas across the UK and Europe with further surprise club shows in the mix, including a marathon five-hour set of three shows in one night in Brussels, Belgium. In September 2014, Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL released their debut album, PLECTRUMELECTRUM, which soared to #1 on the Billboard Rock Chart. The album’s title track, an instrumental song that highlights the band’s improvisational prowess and undeniable chemistry, was written by Donna and arranged by Prince. The HitNRun USA tour followed in 2015, with performances in select cities, including the band members’ home towns. Additional television appearances with Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL include the Billboard Music Awards, The Arsenio Hall Show and a history-making eight minute set on Saturday Night Live (the longest in the forty year history of the show). Other notable concerts include the Montreux Jazz Festival with the New Power Generation, the Baltimore Rally 4 Peace concert, the Essence Festival at the New Orleans Superdome and The White House with special guests Stevie Wonder, Liv Warfield, Judith Hill and the NPG Hornz. As part of 3RDEYEGIRL, Donna has also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Janelle Monae, Kendrick Lamar and Lianne La Havas.
Prior to working with Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL, Donna was a performing artist, session musician and musical director based out of Toronto, Canada. She attributes her diversity as a player to the experience she gained while performing in Toronto’s eclectic music scene. During her time there, she supported award winning artists such as blues vocalist Shakura S’Aida, rocker SATE formerly known as Saidah Baba Talibah, hip hop ambassador Kardinal Offishall, indie renaissance woman Hill & The Sky Heroes and celebrated pop singer Amanda Marshall. As a leader and composer, Donna fronted an instrumental jazz-fusion trio called the Donna Grantis Electric Band. The group released their debut album, Suites, to a capacity crowd in Toronto before touring Europe in support of the record.