In 2010, Kina independently released her debut album “Stairwells,” which charted on the Billboard 200 and lead to performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Ellen. Her sophomore album “Elements”, produced by Matt Hales (Aqualung), was released in 2014 and debuted in the Top 50 on Billboard’s Top 200 (and Top 5 on its Folk Chart). For the better part of the five years surrounding these releases, Kina toured around the world, selling out shows across North America, Europe, and Asia.
In 2016, Kina released the Jakarta EP–2 songs that resulted from a harrowing experience in which she and her band were detained in Indonesia for 100 days, facing potential jail time due to a promoter’s failure to secure proper work visas. In thesesongs she reflects upon missing home and loved ones and finding gratitude in the midst of difficult times.
Kina strives for honesty and intimacy in the songs she writes. She writes to document her life, to process her struggles and fears, to stay sane, to feel, and most importantly, to connect with people around the world. She’s continuously in a dialogue with her community of supporters, and together they have developed what feels like an online family.
In 2017, Kina took that relationship one step further, creating one of the first fan-supported record labels through the creator-funding site Patreon. KG Records is currently supporting the release of Kina’s nextfull length album, expected in summer 2018.