By: Staff –
Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director, Domanique Grant, has released the first instalment of her double-EP, QUEEN/DOM. Titled Chapter 1: Queen, the songs on the EP deliver an array of sonic elements, infectious production and introspective, inspiring lyrics about the human journey to generational healing, forgiveness, worthiness and ultimately claiming your crown. Listen to QUEEN/DOM Chapter 1: Queen here.
On the inspiration behind the project, Domanique adds: “I wrote this project to claim my own narrative and to own the fact that the process to learning self-love and to claiming your crown is complicated.”
Chapter 1: Queen was written and co-produced by Domanique Grant, with collaborators including Jarrel The Young, Joshua Sadler-Brown (co-production and mixing on “Save Me”), Marc Koecher (production on “723” and “Undressing”, mixing on “723”, “Undressing” and “Real Me”) and Michael Hammer (mixed “Moving On”), with additional writing by Kiki Rowe. The EP was mastered by Phil Demetro.
EP tracks “Real Me”, “723”, and “Moving On” mark some of the most personal songs Domanique has shared to date, while “Undressing”, will be a bonus single released this summer. See a full track listing below. In April, Domanique introduced the EP with standout track, “Real Me”, a song about being worthy of love despite our imperfections, and arrives with a stunning self-directed video – watch the video here. “Real Me” [produced by GRAMMY-nominated Jarrel The Young (Drake) and co-written by Domanique Grant and Kiki Rowe) continues Domanique’s journey of sharing the power of being your true self in song, as explored in her previous single, “Airbrush”.
Last year, “Airbrush” made waves for its bold, tell-it-like-it-is multi-layered take on how colourism, shadeism, gender norms, narcissism, and self-esteem unfold and impact digital culture. Listen to “Airbrush” here and watch the video here. Domanique partnered with Ensemble and RBCxMusic for the project and launched an intimate in-studio preview of the track you can check out here. Take a listen to the acoustic rendition, with revitalized lyrics here and watch Domanique’s performance here.
The Airbrush campaign featured a Cosplay series on Instagram, showcasing Domanique’s re-creations of Marvel and DC superheroes, in collaboration with Toronto body paint artist, Alchemy Center. As the song champions every shade and gender, Domanique launched the series to inspire new perspectives around gender and beauty norms online. Get a glimpse of Domanique’s take on X-Men’s Mystique here, and her latest reimagination of Wonder Woman here.
Stay tuned for more sonic self-love from Domanique as she prepares to release QUEEN/DOM and learn about Domanique’s incredible career to date below.
QUEEN/DOM Chapter 1: Queen Tracklisting
3.Undressing – to be released Summer 2022