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.

(If you're looking for information about the 2019 Contest: Stay tuned! And sign up for our newsletter to be one of the first people to hear about the 2019 Contest.)

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.

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

Tank and the Bangas

Out of thousands of entries, one rose to the top.

We're proud to name New Orleans group Tank and the Bangas the winner of the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest!

Watch their Tiny Desk concert.

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.

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

Introducing: Tiny Desk Talks

August 7, 2018 • This fall, we're coming to four cities with a series of can't-miss, curated conversations about the music industry.
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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