Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Kina Grannis is giving away a free song called "Valentine"
Kina Grannis is a Japanese/American singer/songwriter who won the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest in 2007. I mentioned her in February 2011.
Then, about three months ago, she had a massive viral hit music video for "In Your Arms", off her debut album, Stairwells, with over 5.5 million views as of this writing. If you haven't seen the video, get this: they used 288,000 jelly beans and took 22 months to put together. Talk about commitment.
On the strength of viral video, she's been after selling out dates (sounds familiar, Gotye?) in the UK and S/E Asia and Australia.
Kina Grannis returns to the US this April, below are her confirmed headlining tour dates:
Apr.9th Porter’s Pub San Diego, CA
Apr. 10th Martini Ranch Scottsdale, AZ
Apr. 13th The Parish Austin, TX
Apr. 14th Fitzgerald’s Upstairs Houston, TX
Apr. 15th The Kessler Theater Dallas, TX
Apr. 17th Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
Apr. 18th Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC
Apr. 20th Sound Stage Baltimore, MD
Apr. 21st Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia
Apr. 24th 9:30 Club Washington, DC
Apr. 25th Irving Plaza New York, NY
Apr. 27th Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
Apr. 28th Corona Theatre Montreal, QC
Apr. 29th Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON
May 1st Park West Chicago, IL
May 2nd Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
May 3rd Blind Pig Ann Arbor, MI
May 4th Univ. of Wisconsin – Madison, WI
May 5th Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN
May 7th Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
May 11th Aladdin Theater Portland, OR
May 12th The Rio Theatre Vancouver, BC
May 13th Neptune Theatre Seattle, WA
May 17th The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
May 18th John Anson Ford Los Angeles, CA
May 20th Next Door Honolulu, HI
Remember Amanda Mair? Since I last mentioned her, she finally released her debut album (out on Sweden's Labrador Records on February 15th). She's not quite legal, she's 17 years old now.
I have to say, I do really like Swedish pop music, and what I've heard of Mair, she's good. Check out the music video for "Sense" on Youtube .
UPDATE: Her album will be released internationally on June 5th, 2012.
From Russia, with love… I've always wanted to start with that… although in her biography , she's been living in New York as of 2009.
She unveiled her Circus Act in late 2011, which I did look at; it sounds very hip-hoppy.
Lavo thinks her single is easily accessible: "My EP is easy-going & fun because everyone has terrible, tough situations, but my music puts all of that away. "
Kitty Clementine is from Sally's town, Sydney, Australia. Her self-titled album is coming out March 6th, 2012, via Clumpty Records (New Power Media). You can download a preview track, "Blow That Horn", at Soundcloud .
Her biography said that she comes from Sydney's "warehouses and speakeasies" singing jazz ballads, baroque aria, and even screaming noise; all sounding very artsy and poetic… which is hard to place her music.