"Elements (Deluxe Version)" by Kina Grannis on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

After winning a Super Bowl songwriters’ contest in 2008, California native Kina Grannis went on to release her own album, Stairwells, in 2010, walking away from a major-label deal. Stairwells made an impressive showing on the charts, and in 2011, Grannis won the MTV award for “Best Web-Born Artist” when her YouTube channel racked up millions (and millions) of views. After starting out in the breezy female singer/songwriter camp Colbie Caillat and Vanessa Carlton call home, Grannis’ emerging musical identity comes into focus on Elements. She’s working in new textures and shapes, expanding on the familiar summer-day sweetness offered by so many young female pop artists. Trading an overabundance of languid acoustic strumming, finger snapping, and waifish delivery for unexpected melodies, washes of moody ambience, and solemn tones, Grannis feels like she now fits the big boots she was meant to step into. The darkly pulsing “Throw It Away” juxtaposes her airy trill against whispering guitar work and rattling snares with mesmerizing results; “Dear River” is as purifying as a church choir, but sweeter; the spare “Oh Father” is both haunting and memorable. From Leonard Cohen–like intimacy (“Little Worrier,” “My Own”) to swaying, sing-along pop (“The Fire,” “Maryanne”), Elements delivers.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After winning a Super Bowl songwriters’ contest in 2008, California native Kina Grannis went on to release her own album, Stairwells, in 2010, walking away from a major-label deal. Stairwells made an impressive showing on the charts, and in 2011, Grannis won the MTV award for “Best Web-Born Artist” when her YouTube channel racked up millions (and millions) of views. After starting out in the breezy female singer/songwriter camp Colbie Caillat and Vanessa Carlton call home, Grannis’ emerging musical identity comes into focus on Elements. She’s working in new textures and shapes, expanding on the familiar summer-day sweetness offered by so many young female pop artists. Trading an overabundance of languid acoustic strumming, finger snapping, and waifish delivery for unexpected melodies, washes of moody ambience, and solemn tones, Grannis feels like she now fits the big boots she was meant to step into. The darkly pulsing “Throw It Away” juxtaposes her airy trill against whispering guitar work and rattling snares with mesmerizing results; “Dear River” is as purifying as a church choir, but sweeter; the spare “Oh Father” is both haunting and memorable. From Leonard Cohen–like intimacy (“Little Worrier,” “My Own”) to swaying, sing-along pop (“The Fire,” “Maryanne”), Elements delivers.

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4.8 out of 5

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About Kina Grannis

Pop/rock songwriter Kina Grannis began exploring music as a child in Mission Viejo, California. After spending her younger years performing in front of her stuffed animals and singing with her sisters, Grannis discovered her aunt's guitar at age 15. She received her own guitar the following year and spent a month honing her songwriting skills, taking influence from the likes of Jason Mraz and Vertical Horizon. Her songwriting efforts continued at the University of Southern California, where she was selected by the Thornton School of Music to produce a six-song EP during her sophomore year. The resulting EP, Sincerely, Me., was released in 2005. Two years later, she recorded a song for Rachael Lawrence and Deborah Ellen that became heavily featured in several episodes of General Hospital.

After graduating from USC, Grannis relocated to Austin, Texas, to sing and record with a band. She also began uploading her performances to YouTube, which helped her win a Super Bowl contest in 2008. A contract with Interscope Records followed, but Grannis returned to indie status shortly thereafter without releasing anything on the label. Instead, she self-released her first full-length album, Stairwells, in February 2010, cracking the Billboard 200 in the process. She spent the next two years touring in support of the album, stopping everywhere from British Columbia and New York City to Europe and Asia. Her sophomore outing, Elements, was produced by Matt Hales (aka Aqualung) and released in early 2014. ~ Katherine Fulton

  • BORN
    Aug 4, 1985

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