Thousands of entries. One winner.

We're excited to name Naia Izumi the winner of the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest.

Watch his Tiny Desk concert.

Meet the winner

Los Angeles' Naia Izumi has an intricate, complex guitar style and a sweet, soulful voice. His entry video for "Soft Spoken," recorded in his home studio in Los Angeles, showcases his virtuoistic talent and the gentle spirit he brings to his music. A dedicated musician, songwriter and producer, Izumi regularly busks on the streets of Los Angeles and plays throughout the city.

We're excited to welcome Naia Izumi to the Tiny Desk at NPR in Washington, D.C., where he will play his own Tiny Desk concert. He also wins the opportunity to appear at a taping of NPR's Ask Me Another and to tour the United States with NPR and Lagunitas.

Celebrate with us

We're taking the Tiny Desk Contest to you! Join us on the Tiny Desk Contest On The Road tour fueled by Lagunitas.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. • Monday, May 21 
Naia Izumi appears on a live taping of NPR’s Ask Me Another with WNYC


NEW YORK, N.Y. • Tuesday, May 22
Tiny Desk Contest On The Road with WFUV
ith Lau NoahDirty Bird and Lady Lush and the Vinyls


DENVER, COLO. (SOLD OUT)• Thursday, May 31
Tiny Desk Contest On The Road with The Colorado Sound and Colorado Public Radio's OpenAir
  Ivory CircleAudible and Los Mocochetes

TWIN CITIES, MINN. • Friday, June 1

Tiny Desk Contest On The Road with The Current
 iLLismThe Nunnery and FELLOW PYNINS


PHILADELPHIA, PA. •  Wednesday, June 6
Tiny Desk Contest On The Road with WXPN
with &MoreEmily Drinker and Madalean Gauze


PETALUMA, CALIF. (SOLD OUT) • Monday, June 11
Tiny Desk Contest On The Road with KQED and KRCB
with La Misa NegraEki Shola and SOL Development


SEATTLE, WASH. (SOLD OUT) • Wednesday, June 13
Tiny Desk Contest On The Road with KEXP
with Among AuthorsSassyBlack and Katie Kuffel


CHICAGO, ILL. (SOLD OUT) • Tuesday, June 26
Tiny Desk Contest On The Road with WBEZ
Growing Concerns Poetry CollectiveMICHA and Dxtr Spits & The Devonn's

Hear more about Naia Izumi

NPR Music's Bob Boilen and Gaby Moreno announced the winner on Morning Edition.  

All Things Considered's Ari Shapiro spoke with Naia later that day.

what the judges said

Watch The Entries

Here's where you can watch videos from the musicians who've entered the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest. Find your band's entry, or just have a look around at what everyone's been creating. 

See the latest

All Songs Considered

Tiny Desk Contest: Entries Public Radio Loves

May 10, 2018 • There's only one Tiny Desk Contest winner, but so many other talented artists entered this year. Here are some that caught the attention of NPR Member stations around the country.
All Songs Considered

Meet Naia Izumi, The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest Winner

April 24, 2018 • The fourth annual Tiny Desk Contest winner has been revealed. Get to know the Georgia-hailing guitarist who won over the hearts of our judges this year.
Courtesy of the artist
Read more on All Songs Considered

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