Brad Barker is JAZZ.FM91’s music director and host of Afternoon Drive.

Donna Grantis has been a hired gun for the likes of Shakura S’Aida, Kellylee Evans, Kardinal Offishall, Amanda Marshall and more — then, in 2013, she caught the ear of Prince.

The guitarist from Mississauga, Ont., was asked to play with the legendary artist’s band, and she did so until his passing in 2016. Now, Grantis has a debut solo recording out called Diamonds & Dynamite.

She joined us here at JAZZ.FM91 to talk about how she discovered her love of the guitar, how while in university she was discouraged from playing the music she liked and, of course, what it was like to audition for Prince.