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Gaelynn Lea was given the opportunity of a lifetime when she won NPR Music's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, and she certainly made the most of it. She and her husband Paul quit their jobs, sold their house, bought a van, and hit the road. Gaelynn Lea has developed a "stop you in your tracks sound."

Gaelynn Lea performs from her electric wheelchair. She began playing violin 20 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 "to create a symphonic cacophony that is both glorious in its reach and profoundly introspective" (Collins de la Cour, Ear to the Ground).

Her original songs explore the contrasting nature of existence — dark and light, birth and death, anger and forgiveness, sorrow and joy.

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