YouTube has given us some awesome musicians and artists and Kina Grannis has been one of those who took the opportunity offered by the platform to gather a crowd of fans and listeners. She is an American singer-songwriter who plays the guitar and uses YouTube faithfully. Her story is an exciting one that would inspire you to be the best you can despite the obvious limitations. Read on to get a handle on some personal detail of Kina’s life.
Kina Grannis Bio (Age, Ethnicity)
Kina Grannis was born with the full name Kina Kasuya Grannis on the 4th of August 1985. Through her mother, she has Japanese ancestry. She was raised in Mission Viejo, California where she attended the Viejo Elementary School followed by the Newhart Middle School and then enrolled for high school at the Capistrano Valley High School. She then pursued a college degree at the University of South Carolina (USC) where she graduated in 2007 summa cum laude with a degree in social science focusing on psychology.
While she was still at USC, she was invited by the University’s Thorton School of Music to create an album using their music industry department. The album named Sincerely Me was released in 2005. She also got inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa academic society while still in USC. She was still schooling in 2006 when she recorded and released two more albums on her own. Their titles were One More in the Attic and In Memory of the Singing Bridge.
A song she recorded in 2007 titled Ours To Keep was featured quite a number of times on episodes of General Hospital and one episode of ABC Family’s mini-series Samurai Girl. It was in that same 2007 that she finally created a YouTube account which then saw her uploading videos online. Her very first video on the platform titled Message from Your Heart got entered into the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest. Kina Grannis won that competition and as part of her winnings, she got a contract with Interscope Records.
To date, her YouTube videos have gotten over 99 million views and she is undoubtedly one of the most popular personalities on YouTube. She announced in January 2009 that she would again tow the part of independent artists and leave Interscope Records. She has also attempted to be part of some short film and series productions including The Last, Funemployed and Single by 30. She also features in videos with other YouTube stars like Boyce Avenue.
She released an album titled Stairwells in 2010, which had a bunch of the original songs that she had already put up on YouTube along with three others that had never been heard before. She began a Stairwells Springtime Tour on the 24th of May 2010 and after that was concluded started a Fall Tour on the 17th of November 2010. Kina Grannis gave a talk in March 2013 at TEDx Hollywood where she talked about ‘Finding Community Through the Internet’. Her first world tour happened in April 2011 while her second album Elements was released on the 6th of May 2014.
In April 2014, Kina Grannis joined Patreon and created a record label for herself which had patrons made up of her supporters that completely funded the creation of her album. She named the record label KGRecords on the advice of her supporters and started recording and releasing songs from the upcoming album throughout 2017.
Family – Parents, Siblings
Kina Grannis was born to Trish and Gordon Grannis. Trish Grannis, her mother, was a graphic designer and her father, Gordon Grannis, was a chiropractor. She also has two sisters named Misa Grannis and Emi Grannis and the two have been known to feature on her videos and accompany her on her concerts and tours.
Is Kina Grannis Married? Husband
Kina Grannis is married to another singer-songwriter called Jesse Epstein. The two were wedded in Los Angeles, California after being the textbook definition of high school sweethearts. They met when they both attended Capistrano Valley High School, where Jesse Epstein had been a grade below his future wife. The two frequently collaborate on their music and Kina Grannis used some of her wedding footage to do the music video for her song My Dear.
Kina Grannis stands at a height of 5 feet and 4 inches 163 centimeters. She has a slim build and her profession as a singer and her style of singing – soft and sultry music while playing the guitar – does not require so much moving around or activity. But it is still a tellable fact that the singer-songwriter exercises regularly.