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 were excited to welcome Quinn Christopherson to the Tiny Desk at NPR in Washington, D.C., where he played his own Tiny Desk concert. He also won the opportunity to tour the United States with NPR and Blue Microphones.
On tour, Quinn performed with local Contest entrants from the four cities we visited:
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quinn has a very emotional and fresh style that made his performance in his entry video extremely engaging and captivating.
Naia Izumi's 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.
Since winning the Contest, Naia has signed to a major label, toured the country and performed a TED Salon.
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 won over our judges with its undeniable, joyful energy.
Since winning the Contest, Tank and the Bangas has played to sold-out crowds across the United States and Europe, including performing at Coachella and headlining NPR Music's 10th birthday party.
Gaelynn Lea has been playing violin for more than 20 years. She builds on a repertoire of traditional Celtic and American fiddle music, writing original songs that incorporate folk-rock influences, looping tracks and an inventive style.
Since winning the Contest, Gaelynn has toured the world and played at renowned venues including The Kennedy Center and House of Blues Chicago. She is also an advocate for people with disabilities.
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 has won two Grammy awards.