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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.
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
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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.Read more ›
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.
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...
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. ;)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kina has a voice that is ethereal & gorgeous. She is similar in sound to Ingrid Michaelson & her lyrics are meaningful and beautiful. I can't wait for her to "make it big"! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Coll
Beautiful music by a beautiful girl! Listen to this frequently!Published 18 months ago by MsLadybugHD8
I love this album, great music! Even better live, keep it going Kina. Come back to St Louis soon.Published 18 months ago by HUOR ONG
An amazing album from an amazing artist - The Bonus Disc was a pleasant surprise and filled with great originals and covers.Published 22 months ago by TheUrso