tiny desk contest

Congratulations!

Thousands of entries. One winner.

We're excited to name Quinn Christopherson as the winner of the 2019 Tiny Desk Contest.

Watch his Tiny Desk concert.

Meet the winner

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Quinn Christopherson is an Athabaskan and Inupiaq songwriter who combines thoughtful songwriting with a powerful sense of perspective. His music is warm and vulnerable; in it, he reflects on his childhood, honors the relationships in his life and addresses his role as a transgender individual navigating Alaska's social landscape.

We're excited to welcome Quinn Christopherson 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 tour the United States with NPR and Blue Microphones.

Celebrate With Us

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

SEATTLE, WA • June 11 with KEXP
KEXP Gathering Space
LOS ANGELES, CA • June 13 with KCRW
Lodge Room
AUSTIN, TX • June 19 with KUTX
3TenACL Live
NEW YORK, NY • June 25 with WFUV
Baby’s All Right

hear more about quinn christopherson

NPR Music's Bob Boilen and Lucy Dacus announced the winner on Morning Edition.  

Later that day, Quinn spoke with NPR's Audie Cornish on All Things Considered.

what the judges said

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Bob Boilen

Quinn Christopherson is a vulnerable performer with a powerful voice and a mighty message. His song “Erase Me” comes from his unique perspective. It is thoughtful and heartfelt. Quinn is truly a one-of-a-kind talent and I can’t wait to hear more from him.

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Rodney Carmichael

Some artists have something unique to say. Others have a unique way to say something. Rarely do you come across both: a singular message delivered by a singular voice. Quinn blew me away on both fronts.

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Abbie Gobeli

Quinn Christopherson is an astounding artist who uses his artistry to connect to others on a very vulnerable level. I'm so grateful to Quinn for sharing his journey, and I can't wait for others to find their own voice in his work as well. 

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Lucy Dacus

Among many wonderful entries, Quinn's performance stood out for its honesty, vulnerability and originality. ... The song itself is so simple that you could be tricked into thinking it would have been easy to write, but sometimes the most difficult songs to share are the ones that communicate a complex feeling concisely and poetically.

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Jason Isbell

Quinn has a unique perspective that needs to be heard, and he’s a gifted writer and captivating performer. I admire the honesty in his song and his identity.

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Raul Campos

Quinn has a very emotional and fresh style that made his performance in his entry video extremely engaging and captivating.

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Ledisi

NPR’s Tiny Desk is known for creativity with edge; for music art that oozes originality, risk and heart. Quinn Christopherson represents that kind of versatility. Congratulations to him on a beautiful display of authenticity.

watch the entries

Here's where you can watch videos from the musicians who've entered the 2019 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

Watch The First Entry To The 2021 Tiny Desk Contest

May 12, 2021 • The first 2021 Contest entry comes from Minneapolis songwriter (and three-time entrant) Kahlen. If you've got big dreams of playing a Tiny Desk concert, we're accepting entries until June 7.
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