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Kina started playing shows at the age of 4 in front of her stuffed animals. Now she plays in front of people. 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 Super Bowl 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, including sold out shows at Los Angeles' Troubadour and New York City s Highline Ballroom. Her songs have been heard on television shows such as ABC s General Hospital and MTV s College Life. She has self-released three EPs, and in February
of 2010, Kina independently released her debut full-length album,
Stairwells, which debuted on Billboard's Top 200 and #5 on iTunes Pop Chart. Her music is both sweet and melancholy, but always filled with hope. She'd want you to know that she saves drowning honeybees from
pools whenever she gets the chance.


''There is perhaps no other musician on YouTube quite as polished as the
quirky songbird Kina Grannis'' --Entertainment Weekly

''Kina Grannis plays lovelorn acoustic guitar pop in the wispy, rhythmic,
Jack Johnson style on her latest disc, Stairwells'' --Timeout New York

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. World In Front Of Me
  2. Message From Your Heart
  3. Gone
  4. Valentine
  5. In Your Arms
  6. It's Love
  7. The One You Say Goodnight To
  8. Stars Falling Down
  9. Heart And Mind
  10. Without Me
  11. Delicate
  12. The Goldfish Song
  13. Mr. Sun

Disc: 2

  1. Together
  2. Strong Enough
  3. Cambridge
  4. Stay Just A Little
  5. Back To Us
  6. Sound of Silence (SIMON AND GAR
  7. Disturbia (RIHANNA COVER)
  8. White Winter Hymnal (FLEET FOXE
  10. Message From Your Heart (STAIR
  12. The Goldfish Song (STAIRWELLS S

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 5, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: One Haven
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Kina Grannis has been an accomplished musician and prolific songwriter for many years (her first studio album was released in 2005.) With this 2011 release of Stairwells, Kina shows her complete development as a polished and personable artist who deserves to be heard by anyone who enjoys quality songs from musicians with integrity. Although many of the tracks on Stairwells depart from Kina's coffeehouse, acoustic guitar roots, every one of them is anchored by the stunning range, unfailing clarity, and distinct timbre of Kina's vocals. If you enjoy Ingrid Michaelson, A Fine Frenzy, Jazon Mraz, or Colbie Caillat, Stairwells will be a fine addition to your music library.

Catchy, poppy tunes like "Valentine" (over 8.4 million views on YouTube,) "Stars Falling Down," "Mr. Sun," and "Together" will have you singing and humming them for days (but you won't mind.) Sweet, optimistic tracks like "World in Front of Me," "In your Arms," "It's Love," "The One You Say Goodnight To," and "Back to Us" will elicit a sense of lightness and togetherness even in your saddest hours.

However, Kina's true strength and distinguishing feature is her contemplative nature and lyrical prowess. She leads us on an introspective journey through her complex mind with "The Goldfish Song," "Heart and Mind" and "Delicate." She voices her relatable and heartfelt pleas with "Stay Just A Little" (my favorite track on the album,) "Cambridge," and "Message From Your Heart." She rounds it all out with upbeat displays of resilience and determination in "Without Me" and "Strong Enough" and "Gone.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Kinkaid on February 26, 2010
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Like most people, I was first introduced to Kina during the 2008 Superbowl, courtesy of Doritos. Since then, I've followed her on youtube and through her site. It is truly rare to see someone so talented and beautiful be able to speak so fluently through her lyrics and guitar. Her voice is right there with Norah Jones, Colbie Caillat, and Priscilla Ahn. She has shown a dedication to fans that has been nothing short of amazing.

The album itself has been over two years in the making, and is great from the opening track. "World in front of me" is a great way to open her first true album. Not only does the title speak of the new world that will surely open to her, but the song itself is stunning in its imagery. You can really see her waking up, having tea and coyly contemplating with her guitar. The album then continues on a journey through love and melancholy with hope not far behind. I could go on about all the songs on this album, but I won't. I will simply state that I have rarely encountered an album where I have played through the entire thing multiple times without growing tired of any of the tracks. Valentine is perhaps the crowning jewel, though. It is simple, catchy, and comes from the heart.

Fans who have kept up with her on youtube and her website will find familiar favorites like "Strong Enough," Goldfish Song," "Stars falling down," and "Message from my heart" have been beautifully redone while keeping true to the acoustic roots. I could never stress enough how genuine and joyful Kina comes across in this album. On the happier tracks you can hear her smile, and on the sadder tracks you taste her tears as if they were your own.

Buy it; you won't regret it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kimoguy on February 28, 2010
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Amazing stuff, I am a believer! Kina not only is a super talented writer, singer, and musician in general, she is honestly the best I've ever known as far as connecting with her fans. See her on [...] (kinagrannis) if you don't believe me, or look at her Twitter ([...]) or blog ([...]). Everywhere she's interacting with her fans, thanking them, giving creative video shout outs, birthdays, etc.

Favorite tracks:

In Your Arms: gets my body in the flow of the simple rhythms, and in the mood to literally embrace someone I care about

Valentine: a super-catchy, uplifting, cute song that just makes me smile and my heart soar every time I hear it,see the music video on youtube and smile even more.

Strong Enough: upbeat, quicker paced than some of Kina's other songs, chorus really speaks to some people's experiences with significant others that just can't commit

Stars Falling Down: great lyrics, just really gets at the idea of love

Message from Your Heart: The song that launched Kina onto a national stage via the Doritos Crash the Superbowl contest that she won back in 2008. Cute music video. Another upbeat song that makes the heart and mind soar. Clever lyrics.

Back to Us: Nice melody. Kinda just want to hold hands and sway together while laughing and smiling with friends or loved ones

Make Me (bonus track only available with purchase of physical CD on her website): touches my heart, makes me want to just close my eyes and hold someone I care for...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bron TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2011
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"Stars Falling Down" alone is worth the price of admission. Highly recommended!

I first ran across Kina Grannis some years back when searching YouTube for performances of Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley. Kina had a cover online and it showed up in the list. I listened and loved her pure, sweet voice, her friendly style, and straight ahead natural performances. I soon discovered a huge repertoire of Kina's online YouTube performances, many of which I enjoyed very much and I have followed her blossoming career since that time.

"Stairwells" collects many of her best songs (there's also a new deluxe CD just released) and is a delightful collection for anyone who enjoys music in a very open, approachable style relying heavily on talent and performance more than gimmicks. Check out YouTube, if you have any doubts, but I can hardly believe anyone would hesitate to grab such beautiful music for less than the price of a quick lunch.

Kina is also touring currently, so check your local music spots or her web site -- live is always better. ;)
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