Matt Dorgan is a multi-talented singer and musician who dons the moniker of GRANDO. The enigma is at the fulcrum of an evolving music scene. GRANDO is a very different and uniquely wired musician who isn’t afraid to break the rules and push the boundaries of our perception with his deeply layered and well-crafted production. Born and raised in Canada, his drive, focus, and tenacity will lead him to become a relentless and unstoppable force in the independent circuit. GRANDO is making music that is driven by a desire to motivate, inspire, and tell his story his way. Music is the vehicle by which he expresses himself. Previously known as DORGAN, he released multiple projects. His new persona of GRANDO is deeply driven by an immediate need to share in the human experience of loss and express himself through music. Having lost his wife during the pandemic GRANDO will use his story to reshape future generations. He writes lyrics that draw from his experiences and by using his musical acumen he articulates stories and shared perspectives that will connect with audiences across the spectrum.
GRANDO combines various unique and experimental sounds with his intricate melodies and dabbles in various contrasting genres resulting in Rock centred fusions that are still firmly stitched together by emotive undertones. GRANDO cites icons such as Royal Blood, and Nine Inch Nails, as pivotal influences in his music. He also draws inspiration from life and all the highs and lows that come with it. This all culminates in GRANDO producing an enjoyable, and easygoing musical experience that is authentic and grounded in reality. His overarching ambition is to empower people through his gift. He is driven by the desire to share emotion through music and to impact lives positively. GRANDO just released his debut album titled “By Your Side” which showcases his distinct lyrical content and style and takes listeners on a journey through various emotions and brings them to a place where they can escape the world and be lost in the music. His works of art crescendo with spellbinding emotive undertones.
His upcoming project will highlight his passion and love for authenticity and vulnerability in his writing and explore various themes by delving deeper into the emotions that encompass the human psyche. The talented enigma is here to reshape and leave an indelible mark in the industry. “Kalifornia” was selected in the top 100 of 10,000 songs in the International Songwriting Competition. Mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro) and mastered by Brian Lucey (Royal Blood, Arctic Monkeys), Kalifornia digs into the wounds of GRANDO losing his wife at the beginning of the Pandemic but is upbeat and anthem filled with the unmistakable – and highly singable – chorus making you sing Kalifornia out loud for days to come.