Minnesota’s Gaelynn Lea Wins NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest
March 3, 2016 at 10:01 AM (PT)
NPR MUSIC announced GAELYNN LEA of DULUTH, MN the winning artist of the 2016 TINY DESK CONTEST. This was announced on-air TODAY (3/3) on Morning Edition by All Songs Considered host BOB BOILEN. LEA will also sit down with All Things Considered Today for her first interview since being named the winner.
LEA was selected as the winning performance among thousands of submissions from all 50 states. Watch the entry and listen to her original song, “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun” at NPR.org/music.
BOILEN of NPR MUSIC said, “What we look for in the contest is an artist who has something singular about what they do, something unique to them, something no one else is doing. GAELYNN LEA has that, and that simply won our hearts.”
A panel of TINY DESK concert alumni – DAN AUERBACH of THE BLACK KEYS and THE ARCS, JESS WOLFE and HOLLY LAESSIG of LUCIUS, and soul artist SON LITTLE – joined BOILEN and All Songs Considered co-host ROBIN HILTON in choosing the winner.
“I was totally floored, humbled and ecstatic,” LEA said about the moment she got the call from NPR MUSIC confirming her as this year’s winner. “It was so surreal, and probably hasn’t completely sunk in yet.”