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Thousands of entries. One winner.

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

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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 were thrilled to welcome Naia Izumi to the Tiny Desk at NPR in Washington, D.C., where he played his own Tiny Desk concert. He also appeared at a taping of NPR's Ask Me Another and toured the United States with NPR and Lagunitas.

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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

2017:
Tank and the Bangas

New Orleans’ Tank and the Bangas conveys its freewheeling spirit through a sound that combines pop, hip-hop, funk, spoken word and musical theater. The band’s entry video — set in an art classroom — won over our judges with its undeniable, joyful energy. Lead vocalist Tarriona “Tank” Ball has a playful way with words, thanks in part to her roots in New Orleans’ slam poetry scene. The band has played festivals all over the country, and has opened for artists like Big Freedia and Lianne La Havas.

We're excited to welcome Tank and the Bangas to the Tiny Desk at NPR in Washington, D.C., where they will play their own Tiny Desk concert. They also win the opportunity to appear at a taping of NPR's Ask Me Another and to tour the United States with NPR and Lagunitas.

2016:
Gaelynn Lea

Gaelynn Lea’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest entry was compelling, thoughtful and beautiful. She won over our judges with her innovative songwriting and playing.

Since winning the Tiny Desk Contest, Gaelynn has toured internationally and played at renowned venues like the Kennedy Center.

2015:
Fantastic Negrito

Fantastic Negrito’s winning entry in the 2015 Tiny Desk Contest was a raw, soulful performance captured at a makeshift desk in a freight elevator.

Since winning the Tiny Desk Contest, Fantastic Negrito has played at a number of major music festivals and at Madison Square Garden, and was recently nominated for his first Grammy.

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All Songs Considered

Farewell, For Now, From The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest

June 29, 2018 • Over the last two months, we've hosted concerts in eight cities to celebrate this year's Tiny Desk Contest. Now, it's time to say goodbye — at least until next time.
Bob Boilen
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