KAINA is a first-generation Latina, born and raised in Chicago. Apart from her parents and brother, she didn’t grow up around any other blood family in her hometown, which ultimately led to a detachment from her cultural identity.
From her debut EP, 2016’s sweet asl. to 2018’s 4U, and her anticipated album Next To The Sun, KAINA has continued to push this narrative through her brand of sweet-hearted optimism, which she uses as a means to connect with and lift her listener’s spirit. From collaborating with peers like Saba, the O’My’s, and Sen Morimoto, and through multidisciplinary work around the city with various organizations, she has found a sound for herself that is gentle, yet full of intent.
Songwriting has thus become a vital aspect of KAINA’s personal canon. “I don't write songs until I feel it coming up,” she says. “I don't really edit my songs either; I feel like I said what I said and meant it the way I said it.”
A listener can feel the intimacy resonating in her lyrics, as she pens odes about love, legacy, and ancestry, and how those concepts become more complex as one grows older.
Come out to the Cat in the Cream and hear KAINA perform!!