Posts Tagged ‘Imaginary Friend’

Getting to Know Starlet Kina Grannis

Posted by    |    April 14th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Kina Grannis performs at the Kessler Theater Sunday, April 15, Doors at 7, Show at 8pm. The below interview was conducted in October 2010, when Grannis appeared in the Cambridge Room at House of Blues.

Kina Grannis is freezing. The green room at the House of Blues, which is adorned with funky wallpaper instead of living up to its namesake, is entirely too cold for the month of October in Texas, and Grannis’s thin black sweater isn’t helping very much.

It’s the Fall of 2010 and Kina is getting ready for her performance in the Cambridge Room, a cozy environment perfect for her fans that take her lyrics to heart. The audience will be able to get close enough to the stage to shout out their requests and see her fingers fly across the frets.

We begin the interview, and within moments, she and I are talking like old friends. Put two California girls in a room in Texas and they’re bound to bond over the lack of palm trees in the Lone Star state. After a stint in Austin, Kina can relate.

Photographer Emili Carmichael is taking pictures of Grannis during our conversation. “I feel like that light is probably doing scary things to my face!” she laughs as Carmichael’s flash emits a blinding light and the camera shutter clicks open and closed. It is pretty much impossible to make this girl look anything but gorgeous.

The first time I heard Grannis’s voice, I was casually listening to The Sixty One, browsing for new artists to add to my self-professed awesome collection of underground singers when I stumbled across her cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence“. My ears have forever submitted to her sweet voice and talent powerhouse. Her music is a comforting blend of honesty and hope. Grannis, the eternal optimist, has a way of writing the most dismal affairs into positive, uplifting melodies. (more…)

Make an Imaginary Friend

Posted by    |    October 4th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

When I was little, the idea of having an imaginary friend terrified me. What if it comes to life? 5-year old me inquired. As an adult, I am less concerned with projecting my thoughts into the surrounding air and having them talk back, so upon hearing the singer-songwriter Imaginary Friend, my quelled fear opened my ears to someone else’s thoughts-turned-lyrics. Jesse Epstein, the man behind Imaginary Friend (yes it’s just him – think Five Times August or Owl City – he’s just one dude) is starting his career in the music industry. Also playing the role of Kina Grannis’s tour manager/merch seller, this jack-of-all-trades has found his calling by pouring his emotions into a microphone. I want him to be my underground secret, but for purposes of your enjoyment, I will refrain from being selfish and share his talent with you all. It’s talent like his that deserves proper acknowledgement. (more…)