Kina Grannis started playing shows at the age of four in front of her stuffed animals. Now she plays in front of people, though it wasnâ€™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 â€œMessage From Your Heartâ€ aired during the Superbowl and its 97 million viewers (or 194 million eyeballs, depending on how youâ€™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 ABCâ€™s General Hospital and MTVâ€™s College Life.
Kina has self-released three EPs, and in February of 2010, Kina independently released her debut full-length album, Stairwells, which debuted on Billboardâ€™s Top 200 and #5 on iTunesâ€™ Pop Chart. Her music is both sweet and melancholy, but always filled with hope. Sheâ€™d want you to know that she saves drowning honeybees from pools whenever she gets the chance.