Kina Grannis is a 25 years old singer/songwriter from Orange County, currently based in Los Angeles.
She was only 15 when she started playing the violin and later on got into music fully. She started experimenting with song writing and composing which eventually led to her falling in love and teaching herself how to play the guitar.
Although she claimed to have written her first song when she was only 5 years old.
She is of Japanese, English, Irish, French, Dutch, Welsh and Scottish descent.
She said that she draws inspirations for her music through her life, friends, family, strangers, dreams, nature, and art and classifies her music between folk, pop and indie.
In 2008, things couldn’t have gone better when kina decided to enter her first video "Message From Your Heart. The song won the Doritos Crash the super bowl contest in 2008 which resulted in her getting a recording contract with Interscope records.
In 2009 she decided to leave the label to stay independent in an attempt in keeping her creative freedom after the label wanted her to spend time writing and developing new songs, working with songwriters in the industry rather than completing her nearly finished with her original writings and songs.
Her video has been played during the commercials of Super Bowl XLII. She also sang the national anthem for the Auto Club 500 NASCAR race in Fontana, California. Her songs "Never Never" and "People" were used in episodes of MTV's reality series College Life.
Her songs have been featured regularly on General Hospital and was in an episode of the ABC Family's mini-series Samurai Girl in September 2008.
Her latest album Stairwells was released on February 23, 2010 has received huge reception, debuting at No. 139 on the Billboard 200, No. 5 on the Billboard Top Internet Albums chart, No. 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and No. 18 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.
Her single valentine already has over 3million hits on youtube and not to forget that she has over 45million views on her youtube channel.
She has continued to show that she doesn’t need to be signed to major label to make it in the music industry. She has continued to use online tools such as facebook, MySpace, youtube and twitter to keep in touch with fans and showcase her music and talent to the world.
She is currently touring around the U.S. she has just finished her performance in Vancouver.