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Since winning NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest three years ago, Gaelynn has released two full-length albums and has performed in 43 states and nine countries. She has earned spotlights from the likes of Billboard, NOISEY, Paste, PBS NewsHour, The Guardian and No Depression. Bob Boilen reported that “there was hardly a dry eye” at her 2016 Tiny Desk Concert.
Luscious violin loops, sparse but sparkling guitars and heart-wrenching lyrics make Gaelynn Lea’s single “The Long Way Around” a melancholy delight. This song and its companion music video were inspired by relationships that take work but are worth it in the end. Musical guests include the likes of Alan Sparhawk (LOW), Charlie Parr, and several other talented artists from her home state of Minnesota.
Lea performs from her electric wheelchair. She began playing the violin 25 years ago after a creative music teacher helped her to adapt a playing style that suits her frame. Lea holds her instrument like a tiny cello and loops her classically trained rhythms and melodies with her Memory Man pedal to create a “symphonic cacophony that is both glorious in its reach and profoundly introspective” (Collins de la Cour, Ear to the Ground).
In addition to becoming an accomplished musician, Gaelynn has fully immersed herself in the Disability Rights movement. She is a dynamic public speaker and a vocal advocate for disability representation, inclusion, and accessibility in the arts. She’s given two TEDx Talks and has also been featured on The Moth Radio Hour.
Her new single was mixed by Portland’s much-loved producer and engineer Tucker Martine at Flora Recording & Playback and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Robert Hadley of Hadley Mastering in Los Angeles, CA. Immediately following the track’s release, Gaelynn is heading out for a US tour of the East Coast. In the words of Bon Boilen, “don’t miss this magical performer.”