Kina Grannis

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Kina Grannis
Kina Grannis (7485344252).jpg
Grannis performing live
Background information
Birth name Kina Kasuya Grannis
Born (1985-08-04) August 4, 1985 (age 28)
Origin Mission Viejo, California, United States
Genres Acoustic
Pop
Occupations Guitarist
Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Vocals
Years active 2001 – present
Labels One Haven (2010–present)
Independent (2009–2010)
Interscope Records (2008)
Associated acts David Choi, Boyce Avenue, Joseph Vincent, I Fight Dragons, Hoodie Allen, Marié Digby, Imaginary Future
Website www.kinagrannis.com
Notable instruments
Taylor 814ce
Taylor K22ce
Cordoba 45-R
Kamaka HF-2 Concert

Kina Kasuya Grannis (born August 4, 1985) is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. She is half Japanese and half European American.[1] Grannis was the winner of the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest.[2] As a result of winning, she earned a recording contract with Interscope Records and had her music video played during the commercials of Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008.[3] She recently won Best Web-Born Artist at the 2011 MTV O Music Awards.[4]

Her progress in the competition was covered in The Orange County Register[5][6][7][8] and The Wall Street Journal.[9] Grannis has also been featured on FOX News Los Angeles, Good Day L.A. and Yahoo!.[10][11]

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Grannis grew up in Mission Viejo, California, and it was here where her love for music began. In elementary school, she composed and submitted piano compositions to district art competitions. Soon afterwards, she began playing the violin, an instrument she would play throughout high school. By age 15, she started teaching herself the guitar and it was this instrument with which she fell in love.

She attended Viejo Elementary School, Newhart Middle School and, from 1999 to 2003, Capistrano Valley High School.

Grannis enrolled at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles in 2003. Two years later, staff members of the University's Thornton School of Music asked her to produce an album in their music and music industry departments. That album, Sincerely, Me., was released the same year. In 2007, she graduated summa cum laude in social science with an emphasis on psychology. While attending USC, she was inducted into academic societies Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

In 2006, Grannis recorded and self-released two more albums, One More in the Attic and In Memory of the Singing Bridge. In early 2007, she recorded "Ours to Keep" written by Rachael Lawrence and Deborah Ellen. This song would be featured regularly on General Hospital[12] and was in an episode of the ABC Family's mini-series Samurai Girl in September 2008.[13]

On November 14, 2007, she created her YouTube account and began posting videos of her songs online. Her first video, "Message from Your Heart," was entered into Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest. The contest, which she won, landed her a contract with Interscope Records. Her YouTube videos have received more than 99 million views and have propelled her to become one of YouTube's most popular personalities. Grannis planned to work with Interscope Records to produce a new album, but in January 2009, she announced that she was leaving the label to be an independent artist.

On February 24, 2008, Grannis sang the national anthem for the Auto Club 500 NASCAR race in Fontana, California. In June 2009 her songs "Never Never" and "People" were used in episodes of MTV's reality series College Life. On January 13, 2010 Grannis was the headliner at a sold-out show at The Troubadour club in Los Angeles.

In March 2013 Grannis gave a talk at TEDx Hollywood [14] titled 'Finding Community Through the Internet'.[15]

Grannis has also been a part of a Wong Fu Productions short film, as well as other YouTube stars videos. One of the most common bands that Grannis has performed with in YouTube videos is Boyce Avenue. They have recorded many cover songs together such as Fast Car, originally by Tracy Chapman and the song With or Without You by U2.[16][17]

Stairwells (2010)[edit]

Stairwells was released on February 23, 2010 and included many original songs already appearing on YouTube, as well as three previously unreleased songs: "World in Front of Me", "In Your Arms", and "Mr. Sun". Stairwells debuted at No. 139 on the Billboard 200,[18] No. 5 on the Billboard Top Internet Albums chart, No. 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart,[19] and No. 18 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.[20] The location of her release party for Stairwells, the Dakota Lounge in Santa Monica, was the subject of an article in the Orange Country Register because the venue enabled her to show her gratitude to her fans.[21]

On March 13, 2010, her single "Valentine" was played by Paul Gambaccini on BBC Radio 2, a popular radio station in the UK.[22] The music video for "Valentine" directed by a young and talented viral video director Ross Ching has been viewed well over 13 million times on YouTube. [23][24][25]

Grannis' Stairwells Springtime Tour began in San Francisco on May 24, 2010 and concluded in late June after several stints on the East Coast and in Canada. Her Fall Tour began on September 17, 2010 and concluded on November 17, 2010.[26] On July 10, 2010 she played at Lilith Fair in St. Louis, Missouri.[27]

In 2010, Grannis was featured as Judy in a miniseries by Wong Fu Productions entitled "Funemployed".[28][29][30][31][32][33]

In early 2011, Grannis was awarded the title of Sirius/XM CoffeeHouse's 2010 Singer-Songwriter Discovery of the Year after a months-long online voting period. Her song "Heart and Mind" was used for the German TV series Anna und die Liebe.

On November 3, 2011, Grannis released a stop-motion music video for the single In Your Arms, using 288,000 Jelly Belly jelly beans. It took about 2 years to complete the project.[34] The video accumulated over 1 million views within the first three days.[35] It now has over 10.6 million views.

World in Front of Me Tour (2011)[edit]

In April 2011, Grannis launched her first world tour. She performed in the eastern regions of Canada and in the eastern and southern regions of the United States. She continued in May through the northwest region of North America which included stops in Vancouver British Columbia and Los Angeles. Shows in Europe and southeast Asia followed into the fall of 2011.

In Your Arms Tour (2011)[edit]

In late 2011 and into 2012, Grannis launched her In Your Arms Tour in Europe, Asia (Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong), Australia, and North America.

Elements (2014)[edit]

'Elements was released on May 6, 2014 and was produced by Matt Hales, aka Aqualung. Starting in November 2013, Kina began ramping up for the forthcoming album with the launch of "Kina Mondays," which promised a weekly video via Kina's YouTube channel. Nearly six months later, she continued to deliver on that promise and released a video for "The Fire," the first single from Elements. The song showcases lush acoustics and folk-driven vocal. The following week another album track was released via video with a stripped-down version of "My Own" featuring Kina's sisters and their rich harmonies. "Dear River," an upbeat, sonically organic track, premiered on Glamour's "Obsessed Blog". On its release day, Elements hit #2 on iTunes Singer Songwriter Chart, and #1 on iTunes Canada.

Grannis announced that she would be celebrating the release of her sophomore studio album Elements with fans at a handful of intimate shows across North America, kicking off with a show at the Troubadour in Hollywood on May 6 - Elements' release date. From there, she performs in San Francisco, New York City, Brooklyn, DC, Boston, Toronto, and Chicago. The select dates will be the first time fans can hear Elements live and also serve as Kina's first official headline run since the spring of 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Grannis has two sisters, Misa and Emi, both of whom have occasionally been featured in her video blogs, as well as accompanying her at concerts and on tour. Her father, Gordon, is a chiropractor[36] and her mother Trish is a graphic designer.

On August 31, 2013, Grannis married frequent musical collaborator, Jesse Epstein, in a small ceremony in Los Angeles, California. They met whilst attending high school, in which Jesse was in the grade below Kina.

Philanthropy[edit]

An avid supporter of cancer research, Grannis has performed at several Southern California Relay For Life functions over the years.[37]

In late 2007, she contributed her music to the Band Together: To Fight Measles benefit album.[38] In October 2008, she participated in the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco to support the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in honor of her mother, raising $6,000 for the organization.

In 2009, the philanthropic organization Sister to Sisters adopted her song "Message from Your Heart".

In 2012 she launched a charity project called Run Team Kina dedicated to the promotion of personal health and wellness and to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.[39] In 2012, Run Team Kina raised $71,886 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Discography[edit]

See Kina Grannis discography.

Studio Albums[edit]

  • Sincerely, Me (2005)
  • One More in the Attic (2006)
  • In Memory of the Singing Bridge (2006)
  • Stairwells (2010)
  • Elements (2014)

Music videos[edit]

  1. "Valentine"
  2. "Message from Your Heart"
  3. "It's Love"
  4. "The Goldfish Song" (Stairwells Sessions)
  5. "The One You Say Goodnight To."
  6. "In Your Arms"
  7. "The Way You Are" (ft. David Choi)
  8. "My Time with You" (ft. David Choi)
  9. "Without Me"[40]
  10. "Gone"
  11. "Dear River"
  12. "Fire"

Singles[edit]

  • "Message from Your Heart"
  • "Valentine"
  • "The One You Say Goodnight to"
  • "In Your Arms"
  • "This Christmas" with Destorm
  • "The Fire"
  • "Dear River"

Songs in other media[edit]

Year Title Type Song
2007 General Hospital TV series episode "Ours to Keep"[8]
2008 Glass City Feature film "Down and Gone (The Blue Song)"[41]
"Strong Enough"[41]
"Try"[41]
J.C. Penney Web Ad: "Back-to-School Interactive Initiative" "My Time With You"(with David Choi)[42]
Samurai Girl TV mini-series "Ours to Keep"
Super Bowl XLII TV sports program "Message from Your Heart"[43]
2009 College Life TV series episode: "Spring Break" "People"[44]
TV series episode: "Year's End" "Never Never"
General Hospital TV series episode "Walking Away"
Sister to Sister Nonprofit: Theme song "Message from Your Heart"
2010 Agents of Secret Stuff Web film "My Time with You"
2011 Pretty Little Liars TV episode "In Your Arms"
The Protector TV episode "Back To Us"
The Real World TV episode "In Your Arms"
The Real World TV episode "Delicate"
My Life as Liz TV episode (S2E03) "Stars Falling Down"
My Life as Liz TV episode (S2E05) "The Goldfish Song"
Teen Mom 2 TV episode (S1E01) "World in Front of Me"
Teen Mom 2 TV episode (S1E02) "Back To US"
2012 Gossip Girl TV series episode "Valentine"
Gossip Girl TV series episode "The One You Say Goodnight To"
Switched at Birth TV series episode (S01E21) "Heart and Mind"
Home and Away TV series episode (Episode 5533) "World in Front of Me"
Home and Away TV series episode (Episode 5534) "In Your Arms"
Home and Away TV series episode (Episode 5534) "It's Love"
Wallander TV series trailer "Sound of Silence (Cover)"
The Real L Word TV series (Episode S3E09) "In Your Arms"
Home and Away TV series episode (Episode 5568) "Without Me"
Home and Away TV series episode (Episode 5573) "World in Front of Me"
Home and Away TV series episode (Episode 5578) "Delicate"
Home and Away TV series episode (Episode 5585) "Message from Your Heart"
Home and Away TV series episode (Episode 5587) "In Your Arms"
Home and Away TV series episode (Episode 5593) "Message from Your Heart"
Home and Away TV series episode (Episode 5611) "It's Love"
Home and Away TV series episode (Episode 5613) "World in Front of Me"
Home and Away TV series episode (Episode 5628) "It's Love"
Home and Away TV series episode (Episode 5631) "It's Love"
Home and Away TV series episode (Episode 5636) "Without Me"
Home and Away TV series episode (Episode 5650) "Stars falling Down"
Home and Away TV series episode (Episode 5657) "It's Love"
2013 Home and Away TV series episode (Episode 5764) "It's Love"
Winners & Losers TV series episode "World in Front of Me"[8]
2014 Switched at Birth TV series episode (Season 3 Episode 14) "My Own"

Television appearances[edit]

  • Good Day, LA (KTTV, Los Angeles) – February 5, 2008
  • NASCAR California 500 (Fox, National) – February 24, 2008
  • The Elliott Show (CBS, National) – June 19, 2010
  • San Diego Living (XETV, San Diego) – September 14, 2010
  • The Morning Show (WJXT, Jacksonville) – October 6, 2010
  • Good Day (WOFL, Orlando) – October 8, 2010
  • Featured in "Nice Guys" Music Video with Chester See, NigaHiga, and KevJumba – May 31, 2011
  • Taratata (France 2, Paris – France) – November 9, 2011
  • Ellen (Syndicated, National) – November 15, 2011
  • E! News (E!, National)- November 22, 2011
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC, National)- January 12, 2012
  • Channel News Asia AM LIVE! ( Singapore ) – March 20, 2012
  • The Real L Word (uncredited) (Showtime) – September 6, 2012

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated Work Result
2008 Crash the Super Bowl "Message from Your Heart" Won[43]
2010 Sirius/XM CoffeeHouse's 2010 Singer-Songwriter Discovery of the Year Self Won[45]
2011 MTV O Music Awards Best Web-Born Artist Self Won[4]
2012 Channel One News Artist of the Year[46] Self Won[46]
2012 MVPA Awards Best Animated Video "In Your Arms" music video Won
2012 MVPA Awards Best Special Effects "In Your Arms" music video Won

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