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Folkadelphia Session: Kina Grannis
Just because I’ve been late to the party doesn’t mean I’m denied the fun. That’s certainly the case while listening to singer-songwriter Kina Grannis. Grannis skillfully blends strong pop sensibilities – you know, songs that your whole body and mind can really fall into – with the classic singer-songwriter disposition. Channel this through excellent arrangements, a tight live group, and a strong sophomore album outting with Elements, and you’ve got something special on your hands.
I say we were late to the party because so many other people have discovered and fallen for Kina, her music, and her showmanship that I was surprised I had not been acquainted. A little jealous in fact. Chalk it up to my own ignorance and distracted manner of discovering music! In any case, Grannis is truly a musician of the internet age. I’ve rarely seen a musician interact with her bevy of fans in such a frequent yet personal way. Head over to her YouTube channel and you’ll see what I’m talking about – constant updates, cover songs, many music videos. Then head to her Twitter, her Facebook, and beyond. This is an artist that is navigating and thriving on the rapidly changing river that is the music industry landscape. Good on her!
Almost a year ago, Kina and her band visited us in the studio and shared stripped down versions of songs from Elements. I hope you enjoy and you dig deeper in Kina Grannis’s music if you’re new to her world!