July 06, 2020

Dominique Demetrice Griffin, known as D'Meetri, is a Vocalist, Songwriter & Producer from St. Paul Minnesota.

D'Meetri and his brother, Tony, were placed in foster care as infants, but were fortunate enough to be placed with a family in Maplewood, Minnesota. The family of A firm and God-fearing mother who raised them in the Camphor United Methodist Church. The home was warm and inviting but as the years passed, and more and more needy kids came and went, home felt less like home and D'Meetri felt overlooked, forgotten. Like any young boy struggling for attention and affection, he began to search for ways to express himself. No more athletic than the skinny twig he was, sports didn’t cut it. And so far from the core Twin Cities’ black community, in school, he was an outcast. It wasn’t until he was introduced to the church choir that something took hold of him and propped him up as never before.

D'Meetri didn't have the guts to join the choir at first as he was too used to rejection to want to be a member of anything. Yet from the first time he sang in front of the congregation, something deep inside was snatched awake. He began singing to himself when he walked, when he rode his bike, and on the bus. Singing was a way to get away if not go somewhere.

In school, when he was introduced to poetry, he took the words and turned them into rap lyrics. Perhaps out of abandonment, or out of wishes for familiar comforts he thought he would never have, sparks from a creative train wreck, twisted and narrowed his view of the world creating an alternate reality that would live through his rhymes.

In a short time, D'Meetri got into gospel rap; artists like John Reuben and Grits were his role models. But the artist that stood out the most to him was Pigeon John. It was Pigeon, who at a concert in Bemidji, MN gave D'Meetri the nickname “Dominoe Jonez”. D'Meetri quickly began to get a reputation as a serious rapper. His peers and family began to take notice. In 9th grade he started telling people that he wanted to be a rapper. As if on cue, his studies stopped and he started failing in school. By the time he enrolled in Agriculture Food, & Science Academy like so many other young men, he had no idea how to make music make him a better person.

Halfway through 10th grade, D'Meetri had no plan. He had no job. He had no education. He had a daughter. He did a little talent show at the school that he was failing, & his principle pulled him aside after and told him, “I do not think you belong in this school, I know where you'll do better.” The first day he got to High School for Recording Arts D'Meetri fell in love with its Hip Hop persona, he felt as if he belonged, quickly rising in the ranks of the school. Resulting in him getting his first taste of life on the road. It was here that D'Meetri made the decision to pursue music as a career.

Shortly after graduating from HSRA, D'Meetri moved to Atlanta where he worked as a songwriter for Troy Taylor & the Bar Music Group. But after feeling like STRICTLY songwriting wasn't for him he relocated to Los Angeles where he decided would be home base for where he would build up his reputation.

A few years & a couple TV roles later, D'Meetri successfully released his freshman album "Forgotten Son" independently under his own imprint "One Life Nation" (or "OLN"). Amassing over 50,000 streams organically in just a few months. Since then D'Meetri has inked a partnership with internationally renowned record company "Bentley Records" & has written for Tina Karol, Luca Dayz, Sean Kingston & more.

Website: http://www.dmeetri.com/

Music Link: http://www.soundcloud.com/dmeetri

Watch D'Meetri's music video "Somehow Maybe"


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