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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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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

198 Ratings

Rises like a Phoenix

shirkinerd,

If you think you know music by Kina Grannis, think again! Kina reaches new depths of soul searching and reflection on life, love and loss in her latest album. Prepare to get your mind blown and your heart slain by this amazingly talented singer songwriter.

In a word, BRILLIANT!!!

Garnett21k,

Kina Grannis takes us along through this amazing journey! It starts off with Dear River, which is quite the catchy tune, you not only have to ooooh along, drum along and resist the urge to tap your toes! Listening to it first thing in the morning can really set your mood right, feeling like you can tackle anything.

The Fire has nicely strummed power chords blended with layers and layers of Kina vocals that would make Multiplicity Michael Keaton proud!

My Dear is an anthem of sorts with spot on lyrics and layers upon layers of sounds blended with eclectic tones.

Winter is a hauntingly beautiful song about love that's possibly ending. Oh Father has a very cool, very fresh vibe with nice undertones.

Little Worrier is one of my favorites. We all worry about things. This song has a very honest and organic tone and like much of this album has brilliantly written lyrics.

Throw it away, if I was doing a running playlist, Throw it Away would totally be my JAM! It has such a upbeat pace paired with amazing vocals. I can imagine moving through the wind listening to this!

Forever Blue, Maryanne and Write it In The Sky are perfect examples of how great Kina is as a storyteller! Listening to these songs totally draws me in and brings on such a range of emotions. Odd thing is that I can listen to these and it can be pure joy one time and another time more somber.

My Own is a song about Kina's family and she sings it flawlessly.

Quite fittingly, the last track is This Far. I love this song because it's very positive. Life is going to throw you things and just the fact that you're here! THIS FAR, THAT is something! That does matter! Kina has such a positive outlook.

Elements will make you smile. It will move you beyond words. It will make you want to sing, dance, fist pump, clap along and perhaps even aspire to be a better human being. <3

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

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