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Winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest to perform at Tech

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Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea will perform at Tennessee Tech.

Published Tuesday Sep 12, 2017

Classically trained violinist, songwriter and winner of NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, Gaelynn Lea will perform in Tennessee Tech’s Robert & Gloria Bell Hall auditorium Monday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.

Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music.

On March 3, 2016, Gaelynn Lea was named the winner of NPR Music’s second-ever Tiny Desk Contest, which draws submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country. The video entry of her original song “Someday We'll Linger in the Sun” rose to the top, chosen as the unanimous favorite among the contest’s six judges. The very next week, Gaelynn performed a Tiny Desk Concert, at which the show’s host Bob Boilen said “there was hardly a dry eye.”

Lea’s musical reach has expanded significantly because of the Tiny Desk Contest. She began touring nationally in September 2016 with her husband Paul in their 2002 Ford Econoline and they’ve been on the road ever since.

Lea also does speaking engagements about disability, finding inner freedom, and the power of music. She has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or brittle bones disease. In recent years, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change.

This is a Center Stage event made possible by the university’s general education fund. It is free and open to the public.

Bell Hall is located at 10 W. 7th St. in Cookeville.

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