MTV Push Artist Of The Week: Kina Grannis

Doritos have done a lot for me mentally and spiritually (hello, cheeseburger flavor), but I think California-based acoustic folk singer-songwriter Kina Grannis is even more thankful to the little tortilla chip than I am. After she entered herself in the “Doritos Crash The Super Bowl” contest in 2007 and her original song “Message From Your Heart” aired in more than 97 million homes, Kina quickly scored herself a record deal. Cool Ranch FTW!

Grannis self-released her album Stairwells in early 2010, where it debuted at No. 5 on iTunes Pop Chart. That and her YouTube star status and steadily growing online fan army helped her win an MTV O Music Award for  Best Web-Born Artist, where she even beat out Odd Future and The Weeknd. Not easy to do! And now we’re checking in with Kina to find out more about what’s on her music radar in the next year and what it feels like to become a household name. On what she’s most excited about since hitting it big, Grannis explains, “I get to travel around the world and meet all of these amazing people, and they’re singing my songs! And to me, that’s crazy.” No crazier than getting a record deal from a commercial, Kina. Get used to it!

We also go behind the scenes with Kina on the set of her candy-coated video “In Your Arms,” where she lets us in on her organic and “handmade” creative process — for the video, Kina worked with director Greg Jardin to make an entire video out of jelly beans (almost 2500 individual frames comprised of 288,000 jelly beans to be exact!). As the video plays out, the jelly beans soon find their way onto Kina, who’s lying on a glass above the canvases, as she becomes one with the tiny pieces of candy. We don’t even want to think about the hours and hours (and hours and hours) that went into “In Your Arms,” but the result is totally unbelievable.

Check out Kina Grannis’ “In Your Arms” video below, and watch more videos after the jump. Stairwells is out now on One Haven Music.

+ KINA GRANNIS, “IN YOUR ARMS”

Watch more interviews and videos from Kina Grannis after the jump.

+ KINA GRANNIS ON NEW OPPORTUNITIES

+ KINA GRANNIS ON PLAYING THE GUITAR

+ KINA GRANNIS ON BECOMING FAMOUS

+ BEHIND THE SCENES ON KINA GRANNIS’ “IN YOUR ARMS”

+ KINA GRANNIS, “THE ONE YOU SAY GOODNIGHT TO”

+ KINA GRANNIS, “VALENTINE”

+ KINA GRANNIS ACCEPTS HER O MUSIC AWARD FOR BEST WEB-BORN ARTIST

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