Kina Kasuya Grannis (born August 4, 1985, of Japanese, English, Irish, French, and German descent) is a Japanese-American guitarist and singer-songwriter from Orange County, CA. She started performing in 2001 after getting over her shyness. Kina independently released her first full-length album, Stairwells, on February 23, 2010. Her music is both sweet and melancholy, but always filled with hope. Kina started playing shows at the age of four in front of her stuffed animals. Now she plays in front of people, though it wasn't the quickest transition for the admittedly shy songstress. While attending college at USC, Kina often retreated to the secluded stairwells around campus where she could write and sing without being heard. Protected by their quiet confines, she found a safe haven and a creative outlet for her music. Armed with a guitar and a cup of tea, Kina wrote in every stairwell she came across. And it was within these stairwells that she developed her confidence as a songwriter and her poise as a performer. In 2007, Kina joined YouTube, made a music video and entered herself into a contest. A few months later, her video for "Message From Your Heart" aired during the Superbowl and its 97 million viewers (or 194 million eyeballs, depending on how you're keeping track) and she walked away with a record deal. Since then, Kina has regularly posted her songs on YouTube, amassing many millions of views, and toured throughout North America. Her songs have been heard on television shows such as ABC's General Hospital and MTV's College Life.


kina grannis - Stairwells Deluxe (from ultimate-guitar)

Sound: This is the re-release of Kina's 2010 independent effort. This time around it was released on small record label One Haven. It has 4 new songs, remixes of old songs and - if you buy the deluxe version - three studio covers of songs she has done on YouTube. So for a bit of Kina back story; she was first brought to light in 2008's Crash The Superbowl contest run by doritos... Read More »

kina grannis - In Memory Of The Singing Bridge (from ultimate-guitar)

Sound: This effort was recorded by Kina in her garage, resulting in a collection of acoustic tracks. She comprised this album prior to gathering her (now huge!) online following after winning the Crash The Superbowl competition, it was the follow up to her debut, "Sincerely, Me"; an album that she released online. This effort, I think, was just a way for her to get some more songs out there. Although, for her fans, this record is great... Read More »

kina grannis - Stairwells (from ultimate-guitar)

Sound: This album is Kina's first full legnth effort. Each of the 14 tracks were written by herself, except 'Back To Us', which was co-written with Rob Giles and Rich Jaques; the producers of this album. Kina's sound is reminiscent of Colbie Caillat's, with her Californian, folk-pop, guitar based tracks... Read More »

kina grannis - Sincerely, Me (from ultimate-guitar)

Sound: This EP was produced after Kina won a competition in USC, where she was attending at the time. It's 6 songs (Blindly, Highlighted in Green, Next Time, Try, Another Day and People) feature acoustic and electric guitars, strings and percussion, each of them was written by Kina. Kina's voice on this record was strong in most parts, although on occasion it sounded slightly nasal. This showed a lack of professionalism in the production of the album, I feel. This may, to some, be a downfall... Read More »


Become a successful YouTuber with tips from Blue Microphones

different recording programs and their editing features. Reading about the basics of audio processing like EQ, compression, along with gain (sensitivity) control and microphone technique can help you make minor adjustments for big improvements. Some famous Blue fans on You Tube include Tyler Ward and <span>Kina Grannis</span>. In addition, it's always a good idea to think of your recording environment as the simplest, everyday things can affect a recording. •Think about appropriate microphone technique. Audio can be captured from a mere few inches away from a microphone, but to achieve good quality Read More »

Hunter Hayes, Jason Mraz Team Up for Amazing 'Everybody's Got Somebody But Me' Mashup Video

collaboration with seven of YouTube's most popular artists, Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz have teamed up for an entertaining visual (and audio) mashup of their duet 'Everybody's Got Somebody But Me.' The versatile group that contributed to the video includes Brandyn Burnette, indie sibling group Echosmith, <span>Kina Grannis</span>, Peter Hollens, Brian Landau, TJ Smith,Sam Tsui, Tessa Violet (MeekaKitty) and Tyler Ward. Each artist created their own renditions of 'Everybody's Got Somebody But Me' and took part in a one-take mashup video, singing along with Hayes and Mraz. The video was filmed in what appears Read More »

Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz Release New Video

spring between Hayes' record label, Warner Music, and executives at YouTube. With the hope to reach Generation C -- people the age of 18 to 34 who watch online videos -- the team contacted seven YouTube creators whose musical styles were compatible with Hayes and Mraz. The video features Tyler Ward, <span>Kina Grannis</span>, Peter Hollens and other YouTube artists who were asked to record their own cover of "Everybody's Got Somebody but Me," with all seven helping to make a new track. In an interview with earlier this year, Hayes said working with Mraz was "perfect." "It all lined up quite magically without Read More »

Cover songs: Homage or irksome marketing ploy?

solved yet," Doshi says. Jon Maples, Rhapsody's vice president of product management, says customers have asked that cover songs be removed and the company has targeted 10,000 for deletion. "It just clutters the experience," he says. Some independent artists insist cover songs are a fast way to achieve fame. <span>Kina Grannis</span> says covers are helping her build a fan base. The 27-year-old Los Angeles-based singer won the 2008 Doritos' Crash the Super Bowl contest. As part of the competition, fans were asked to vote for an aspiring musician's music video. The winner got to air their creation before 100 million ... current followers on YouTube stumbled upon her while searching for originals. "It doesn't feel bad that they were looking for someone else, because they didn't even know I existed," says Grannis, whose original song video "In Your Arms," has racked up 9.2 million views. "They're not going to search for <span>Kina Grannis</span> if they've never heard of you." Winning the Doritos contest earned Grannis a recording deal with Interscope Records, but she opted out because she believed she had enough of an online following to make and sell music on her own. U.S. copyright law says cover artists don't require the original Read More »

Five Finger Death Punch, Mariah Carey, Macklemore rule Spotify this week

Sunday, May 19, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. 1. Five Finger Death Punch, "Lift Me Up" (Prospect Park) 2. Mariah Carey, "Beautiful" (The Island Def Jam Music Group) 3. Robin Thicke, "Blurred Lines" (Star Trak LLC) 4. Lorde, "Royals" (Lava Music/Republic Records) 5. Hoodie Allen feat. <span>Kina Grannis</span>, "Make It Home" (Hoodie Allen) 6. Lana Del Rey, "Young and Beautiful" (Lana Del Rey) 7. Sebastian Ingrosso, "Reload -- Vocal Version/Radio Edit"(Astralwerks) 8. Thomas Rhett, "It Goes Like This" (The Valory Music Co. LLC) 9. Daft Punk, "Get Lucky -- Radio Edit" (Columbia Records) 10. Fergie, Read More »

Tom Odell to play SXSW third wave of bands confirmed

Ginger & The Ghost (Sydney AUSTRALIA) Sarai Givaty (Tel Aviv ISRAEL) Goatwhore (New Orleans LA) GO DJ JB (Austin TX) Golden Bear (Austin TX) Goldroom (Los Angeles CA) Arno Gonzalez (Angers FRANCE) Goonam (Seoul SOUTH KOREA) Goosander (Taipei TAIWAN) Grandfather Child (Houston TX) <span>Kina Grannis</span> (Los Angeles CA) Half Moon Run (Montreal CANADA) Xander Harris (Austin TX) Ha Sizzle (New Orleans LA) Heaven (Brooklyn NY) Heaven's Basement (UK-ENGLAND) Helado Negro (Brooklyn NY) Heliotropes (Brooklyn NY) Heroes X Villains (Atlanta GA) Heyerdahl (Oslo NORWAY) Hey Marseilles (Seattle WA) The Read More »

SXSW 2013 Announces Third Round Showcasing Performers Including Vampire Weekend, Tegan & Sara, IO Echo and More

Rabbit Jonny Fritz Frontier Jessie Frye G A L P A L S Game Over Hound Diego Garcia The Gates of Slumber Gemini Club Gerald G Gesaffelstein Ghost Beach Ginger & The Ghost Sarai Givaty Goatwhore GO DJ JB Golden Bear Goldroom Arno Gonzalez Goonam Goosander Grandfather Child <span>Kina Grannis</span> Half Moon Run Xander Harris Ha Sizzle Heaven Heaven's Basement Helado Negro Heliotropes Heroes X Villains Heyerdahl Hey Marseilles The Hieroglyphics Hills Like Elephants KJ Hines HoodStar Chantz Hopsin Houses Howl I Am David Sparkle IAMDYNAMITE I Can Chase Dragons! Icona Pop Idiot Glee Indians Intimate Stranger Io Read More »

The Ready Set & Kina Grannis Perform Christmas Song

The Warner Sound has posted a few new holiday videos that are acoustic collaborations between a few different artists. Jordan from The Ready Set & <span>Kina Grannis</span> perform a cover of "Last Christmas" by Wham! in an exclusive holiday video you can watch here. David Choi and Savannah Outen perform a cover of "Winter Wonderland" an another exclusive holiday video on The Warner Sound here. Ready Set Tour Dates/Tickets Ready Set CDs, DVDs and MP3s Ready Set T-shirts and Posters Ready Set CDs, vinyl and rarities antiMUSIC News featured on and Yahoo News . ...end .News Reports The Ready Set & <span>Kina Grannis</span> Perform Christmas Song Read More »

The Ready Set and Kina Grannis cover Wham!'s "Last Christmas"

Check out a video of the Ready Set's Jordan Witzigreuter and <span>Kina Grannis</span> performing Wham!'s holiday hit "Last Christmas" below. The oft-covered song has also seen treatments from artists like Jimmy Eat World and Taylor Swift. The Ready Set and <span>Kina Grannis</span> cover Wham!'s "Last Christmas" Read More »

Bumbershoot Announces 2012 Lineup Featuring Jane's Addiction

Yelawolf Mudhoney Low The Heavy Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Wanda Jackson and the Dusty 45s The Greenhorns with Eric Burdon The Pains of Being Pure at Heart The Vascelines King Khan and the Shrines Fujiya & Miyagi Heartless Bastards Ian Hunter and the Rant Band Fishbone <span>Kina Grannis</span> Lights Civil Twighlight Oberhofer Rebirth Brass Band LP Ty Segall Fruit Bats Hey Marsellis Theesatisfaction Damien Jurado The Jezebels The Wombats WHY? Ana Tijoux Foxy Shazam Barcelona Lee Fields & The Expressions JC Brooks & The Uptown Sun Sere Cahoone Bombino Harmonica House Party Omar Souleyman Katie Herzig Read More »

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