Linda Diaz Wins NPR Music's 2020 Tiny Desk Contest NPR Music announced singer-songwriter Linda Diaz as the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest winner.

Linda Diaz Wins NPR Music's 2020 Tiny Desk Contest

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NPR Music announced singer-songwriter Linda Diaz as the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest winner.

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August 4, 2020 Washington, D.C.- Today on Morning Edition, NPR Music announced singer-songwriter Linda Diaz as the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest winner. Born and raised in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and now based in Brooklyn, the soulful artist already has a vibrant presence in NYC's independent music scene.

Diaz's winning song, "Green Tea Ice Cream," is rooted in exploring her passions and honoring what brings her peace in a society that often determines someone's value based on productivity. Her entry video, filmed by Chris Alfonso, was chosen out of over 6,000 entries from across the country. Diaz is joined by Jade Che on the keys, Andres Valbuena on the drums and Matthew Fishman on the bass with background vocals from Bianca Muñiz and Jacks Muñiz. Watch the entry and listen to her performance of "Green Tea Ice Cream."

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"Winning the Tiny Desk Contest is such an immense honor. I'm a firm believer that nothing you achieve is achieved alone. When I perform at the Tiny Desk I will be standing on the shoulders of a community that supports me- my family and friends, fellow musicians, my fans- many of whom are Black women speaking my name in rooms that I haven't yet entered," said Diaz. "I am overwhelmingly grateful to all of the folks that invest in me. I am also really proud of myself and that's something that I want people to hear. It's not just a win. This is an accomplishment. For me, winning the Tiny Desk Contest is an honor and a reminder that I am more than enough."

You can hear an interview with Diaz later today (August 4) on All Things Considered. Stations and broadcast times are available at NPR.org/stations.

Diaz's entry captivated the Tiny Desk Contest judging panel — including soulful singer and songwriter Brittany Howard, 2019 Tiny Desk Contest winner Quinn Christopherson, passionate Latin pop musician Gina Chavez, Tarik Moody of Radio Milwaukee, Raina Douris of WXPN's World Cafe, creator of the Tiny Desk series Bob Boilen and Tiny Desk producer Bobby Carter.

"I voted for Linda Diaz as the NPR Tiny Desk contest winner because I liked her lyrical style, her voice and I really dug her band," said Brittany Howard. "The musicianship and production is really top notch and it was clear to me that Linda Diaz is ready to meet a wider audience. I'm excited to see where her career goes."

Diaz is no stranger to NPR. Her song "Magic" was featured in NPR Music's Heat Check series and she was a backup singer for Jordan Rakei's Tiny Desk concert in January. In February of 2019, Diaz self-released her debut EP, "V," which honored her late grandfather and her recent release, "Magic," is a six-track EP produced by ThankYouFatMatt.

"Linda Diaz has a heavenly voice. Her song "Green Tea Ice Cream" encourages us all to live life to its fullest, appreciate what's around us. It's a song about slowing down, trying to find moments to enjoy life,"said Bob Boilen. Hearing her sing the line "you should be living out your dreams but you're tearing at the seams," is particularly poignant in 2020 as we all struggle to find balance in our lives."

Since the Tiny Desk team is working from home for the foreseeable future, NPR Music has been producing Tiny Desk (home) concerts; the latest iteration of Tiny Desk concerts in response to ongoing social-distancing measures. The series curates performances from around the world, with the same Tiny Desk spirit — stripped-down sets in an intimate setting — just in a different space. The series has provided a unique insight into the creative space of artists across genres, including recent performances by Lenny Kravitz, Roddy Ricch, Dirty Projectors, BEAM, Little Dragon, Soccer Mommy, Lianne La Havas, Baby Rose and more. Stay tuned for Linda Diaz's Tiny Desk (home) concert.

"Green Tea Ice Cream" was the submission I just kept going back to. Linda Diaz stood in a crop of thousands of talented musicians but I knew early on that she was the one to beat," said Bobby Carter. "Her tone, her message and the band's overall musical presentation is simply undeniable. They just nailed it. I'm so excited to see how her career blossoms from here and even more elated to get back to shooting Tiny Desk concerts at NPR HQ so that she can show us all why she's the 2020 Tiny Desk contest winner!"

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