Quinn Christopherson Tiny Desk, winning songwriter/performer.
The contest for this year’s Tiny Desk Contest is now closed, as NPR has picked the winning songwriter/performer from over 6,000 entries to star in their own episode of the popular online performance series. While bands and artists from across the country (including Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Midnight North) all submitted their entries to win the popular video contest, NPR announced on Thursday that Quinn Christopherson has been chosen and crowned this year’s winner.
Christopherson and his bandmate Nick Carpenter chose to go with their original tune, “Erase Me”, for their impressive entry. The young songwriter hails from Anchorage, Alaska, but the surrounding northern wilderness didn’t stop him from putting together a warm and captivating indie-folk ballad to take home this year’s highly-coveted industry contest.
The winning video sees (and hears) Christopherson and Carpenter taking their place in a spacious room which is uniquely decorated with a flannel chair, a few amplifiers, and a large painting which acts as the official backdrop for the performance. Throughout the nearly six-minute video, Christopherson–who describes himself as a transgender and associated with Athabaskan and Inupiaq indigenous cultures–can be heard belting out inspiring lyrics such as, “I’ve got a voice now/I got power/But I can’t stand it” and “Nobody interrupts me/And nobody second-guesses my opinions.”
Christopherson now finds himself in impressive company, as the annual Tiny Desk Contest has spent the last two years introducing music fans to Tank and The Bangas in 2017 and Naia Izumi in 2018. Christopherson’s next stop will be the NPR offices in Washington, D.C., where he’ll get to star in his own Tiny Desk performance.