I'm sort of obsessed with this today. This is Kina Grannis, she's a singer/songwriter in LA. She's got three albums of original music out, all of which you can buy on itunes, imeem, myspace and every other music distribution method out there. (I should check out imeem)
She's cute as a button, a good guitarist and has a lovely voice. I'm sure she's a decent songwriter, but that's not what interests me about her.
Like many folks out there, Kina posts video blogs on youtube. Every Monday she records covers on garageband and makes her own videos with her Mac (I assume). Before and/or after she performs she talks about random stuff, it's very youtube celebrity (and gives shout outs to all of her fans that have birthdays that week). She's got over 33 THOUSAND subscribers presumably from all over the world. In the world of modern day technology you can be famous from your bedroom. And then maybe you tour, but you might not. It's amazing.
This is Kina's cover of Rihanna's "Disturbia," wonderful pop schlock, that gets into your brain and won't go away. I really enjoy watching and listening to Kina's video. I think I just like that it's good and homemade. It's hard for me to knock the songwriting skills of professional songwriters. They are very good at what they do. And when you hear an INTERESTING version of the song, you'll know why.
This is the wonder of the internet and home technology.
I love covers. Stay tuned for more.