congratulations!

Thousands of entries. One winner.

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

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.

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.
YouTube
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
All Songs Considered

Announcing The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest Winner

April 24, 2018 • After receiving nearly 5,000 entries this year, we have a winner! Meet the virtuosic talent who won over this year's panel of judges.
NPR
Read more on All Songs Considered

stay in touch

We'll keep you up to date on news from the Tiny Desk community and the latest from NPR Music. Sign up here!