KAINA’s music can feel like a bridge to others or a reflection of yourself. With lyrics that balance comforting warmth and sharp interrogation of her thoughts and the world around her, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter knows exactly how and when to pluck at listeners’ heartstrings. Her critically acclaimed full-length debut, 2019’s Next to the Sun, was anchored by a resolved steadiness in her voice, with unique ear-worms sung over genre bending production. Serving as a vehicle to uplift and build community, the project introduced KAINA’s signature sound lined with a sweet-hearted optimism and devastating authenticity, which catapulted KAINA to the forefront of a new wave of artists transforming the music landscape with deeply honest and innovative expression.

On her upcoming album, It Was a Home, KAINA flourishes as a skilled producer and writer while she experiments with dreamy soul and lush sonic universes. The album features collaborations from Sleater-Kinney, Helado Negro and co-executive producer Sen Morimoto.

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Events featuring KAINA

Mar 16, 2022
4:00pm — 4:40pm
Presented by
SXSW DAY PARTY IFPA presents Global Street Farm
Mar 18, 2022
11:00pm — 11:40pm
Presented by
City Slang
Mar 19, 2022
3:00pm — 3:40pm
Presented by
Vocalo - Chicago's Urban Alternative
Mar 19, 2022
9:15pm — 10:00pm
Chicago, IL
Neo Soul