Britney Spears, anyone? 🤗 Finally did a proper recording of one of my all-time favorite covers to sing-- @BritneySpears' "Oops! I Did It Again" 🎉 I’ve sung this song for years and years at my live shows, so it seemed like it was high time to do it justice on the internet, too! . Link in bio for the full vid 👌🏻 . p.s. hi how are you?
some things that happened today: . - i found an alligator lizard - i geeked out like a little kid about it (see pic #2) - it bit me (though i prefer to think of it as more of a goodbye kiss) - i updated my @spotify playlist with new pretty music for you. check my stories for the link (or search spotify for “sounds like magic”) . ✌🏻
4 years ago today—wig shopping for the pilot of #singleby30 (and clearly getting a little distracted 😂). never in my wildest dreams (or nightmares—i was legitimately so afraid of acting) did i ever think i would find myself playing a lead role in an amazing series surrounded by people i love. . @wongfuphil and @thewesleychan, i’ve said it a million times, but i can’t thank you enough for believing in me enough to entrust the role of “joanna” to me, and to have taken a chance on me time and time again over the years. i’ve learned so much from these experiences and from you both, and making that series was one of the coolest experiences of my life. you guys are the best. and @harryshumjr!!! thank you for being the best possible teammate in this, for your coaching and mentoring and being so patient with me as i learned the ropes. and miss @manonmathews, how glad am i to have met your magical self through all of this!! . if you never caught our show, check out #singleby30 on youtube red. ♡
LA friends! I'm playing a free show TONIGHT at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo! It's a @ToyotaUSA event called #ToyotaCARnival--there will be art installations and interactive exhibits and food trucks and music (duh). Concert starts at 8pm! The experience runs through this Sunday, so if you can't come tonight, check it out in the next few days and catch cool artists like @dumbfoundead and @ajol_llama 🙌🏻 More info at http://bit.ly/toyotacarnival. Hope to see you there! #LetsGoPlaces
new video up with @thesamtsui! i love this human! catch the full version of our cover of "dancing with a stranger" via the link in bio ♡
I've been working on patience Trying to trust in the timing of my tiny existence I come alive . I found peace in the twilight I found peace in the quiet things How could I wish away all the in between
popping in from pajama land to let you know that my episode of the @wedivedeeper podcast is out ♡ @katemcgill, whom i adore to no end, started this podcast in order to skip past the small talk and get to the real stuff—and that we did. so grateful to have had the opportunity to chat with her about (and further process) some of the heavier moments of my life, namely my experience in jakarta potentially facing jail time and dealing with my mom’s diagnosis with a rare blood disease when i was in high school. . you can find the episode on spotify, your podcast app, itunes, or even watch it on youtube :) search “we dive deeper kina grannis” and dive in if you’re in the mood to go deep with us 😬 (and while you’re at it, check out the other episodes because they are all so real and inspiring!)
all this time, i’ve been staring at the minute hand oh, what a crime that i can’t seem to understand that life is in the waiting . new reimagined version of my song “in the waiting” is here :) watch the full lyric video on youtube—link in bio. . sending out lots of love <3 . mega thanks to @christophandersson of @jomemusic for creating this magical version for me 🙏🏻
It’s near impossible for me to get through this song without shedding a few tears, and this performance was no exception. . I had the honor of performing my song “For Now” to a room full of incredible women at @TheLittleMarket’s celebration of #internationalwomensday this week, and feeling the presence of so many inspiring women surrounding me while singing this line gave it even more weight. . “And I’ll be happy if I look back on my life—been a sister, been a mother, been a wife.” . I am grateful (and hopeful) to get to embody each of these identities in my lifetime. What amazing roles we get to play; we’re pretty magical and powerful creatures. . <3
i love you more than i have ever found a way to say to you ♡ . @imaginaryfuture and i covered one of our favorites, “the luckiest” by the amazing ben folds. . link in bio to watch the full video on youtube 👍🏻
Just posted a video for my song "Valentine" featuring 142 super sweet Valentine's wishes from people around the world. (Ok most of them are scrolling at the end of the video because my song is like 2 seconds long, but still!) Honored to be part of spreading all this love around today! . Some thoughts on Valentine's Day--Yes, it's a silly arbitrary day. Yes, card and candy companies are super cashing in on it. Yes, you should love and appreciate the people around you EVERY day. But, YES, I ALSO think it's a beautiful excuse to show a little extra love because why not?! Give your mom and dad a hug, tell your siblings what they mean to you, send some gratitude out to your friends, partner, pets, YOURSELF. Just do it! Life is short and there are so many ways to celebrate the love we have in our lives. Pick a flower! Eat a treat! Write yourself a love note! . Ok, that's all for me. Sending mega love out in all directions today. . p.s. Special thanks to the folks in KG Records who shared their Valentine's wishes with me to include in the video! 🙏🏻 . Link in bio to watch the video :) . p.p.s. happy valentine’s day, @imaginaryfuture ♡
Was a little hard on myself yesterday so I thought I’d try to show myself a little extra love today. I’ve done masks maybe all of three times in my adulthood, but it sounded fun to pretend to be a real grown-up lady who takes care of herself today, so I gave it a shot. Who knows if this will do anything at all to my skin, but the gesture feels nice! I also dumped a bunch of random oils in my hair because apparently hair masks are a thing. . Here’s to self-care. You deserve it, too. Hope you're being kind to yourself out there. ♡
still can’t get over how much fun i had covering “dancing on my own” with @pomplamoosemusic. on top of every person in the room being a complete master at their craft, @natalydawn is SUCH a force and it is always a privilege to see her in action. she has a genius brain and completely flipped this song on its head with her arrangement. i feel very lucky to have been able to come along for the ride :) . link in bio if you haven’t caught the new video yet!
Something a little different for you! I got to work with my unbelievably talented friends @pomplamoosemusic on this cover of “Dancing On My Own” and had the best time ever! @natalydawn and @jackconte are some of the most talented and smart and kind and wonderful humans on the planet and I’m so grateful I got to hop on a song with them. I love them so much 😭 Check out the full version on YouTube or IGTV!
i’ve been working on spending less of my life with my phone in my hand and it’s been pretty fruitful. it’s resulted in less anxiety, less comparison, less time wasted aimlessly scrolling, more walks in nature, more quality time with people i love, more moments to accidentally write a song, more time to think about what’s important, where i need to grow, how to be a better me, etc, etc. . the one caveat has been that it seems the more i figure out healthy phone usage, the more i completely fall off the world of social media, and while i have my issues with it, social media is also something that i find incredibly special and valuable because it connects humans to humans! i am so grateful to be surrounded by such an incredible community online, and the last thing i want is to feel cut off from you. . so i’ll be nudging myself to be around a bit more. sharing, listening, learning. but if you start seeing too much of me... give me a good slap on the wrist, eh? . anyway, mostly i just wanted to say hi, and that while i’ve not been incredibly present lately, i’m still thinking of you all the time and working on new music to share with you ❤️
i did the #100abchallenge with my arm knitting buddy @blogilates and (just barely) survived! i linked to the video in my stories, so head there to watch and crunch along with us 💪🏻
new video! i love “when the party’s over” so much 😭 what a song by @wherearetheavocados. full video up on youtube—link in bio. . hope the holidays have treated you well! i am currently made of cookies, so we’ll see how that goes. ♡
i took this photo just after being reunited with my passport and moments before we stepped foot onto our plane flight home after 100 days stuck in jakarta. . today we are three years back home. it’s brought up a lot of emotions for me, but of all of them, the strongest is gratitude. i am grateful to be here, grateful it happened, grateful for the humans that helped us get home and the ones that kept us strong in the interim, grateful for my forever band family, grateful for all the pain and fear and hope and clarity and struggle and confusion and lessons learned. grateful for every single part of it, and grateful to get to spend another christmas safe at home with my family. . i wrote about my experience and all the lessons learned a couple years back. link in bio if you want to read about our #100daysinjakarta. ♡
new videoooo! i covered “stand by me” with @imaginaryfuture and we might have made it feel really sad?? sometimes we do that. 😬 either way, i hope you enjoy it, and i hope you’re well, and i’m sending lots of love your way. . link in bio to watch the full video!