When Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, her two decades as a hardworking and talented Minnesota musician finally crystallized in a beautiful moment of national recognition. Since then, Gaelynn has played over 425 shows in 42 states and seven countries.
The singer-songwriter and violinist has graced the stage of renowned venues like Nashville’s Music CityRoots, The Kennedy Center, House of Blues and even BBC World News.
For her latest album, Gaelynn Lea enlisted the help of some musical friends to bring her new album to life. Several ofMinnesota’s heavy-hitters—including Al Church, Dave Mehling, Marty Dosh, Andrew Foreman and Alan Sparhawk—lent their creative influence and musicality to this recording. The result is a powerfully emotive effort of confidence and purpose which captures the poignancy and presence of Gaelynn Lea’s crafted repertoire.
“Learning How To Stay” is Gaelynn Lea’s finest moment to date and shows a true artist developing right in front of our eyes.” -(Simon Tucker, Louder Than War)
In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn also loves to do public speaking engagements about disability awareness, accessibility in the arts, and living an enriching life. She has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease. Gaelynn is a strong voice in the disability community; she uses her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change.