Gaelynn Lea to Speak and Perform in Winona

Galeynn Lea, public speaker, musician, and the winner of NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Concert Contest makes a return appearance to Mid West Music Store (168 East Third Street) in downtown Winona. Tickets for the 7pm show on 1/13 are on sale at the store for $10 in advance, and $15 on the day of the show.

In partnership with Mid West Music Fest Sounds Like School and Riverway Learning Community, Galeynn will also be speaking and performing   at the school earlier in the day. Riverway is dedicated to the foundation of a more hopeful and enlightened future and is honored to host Gaelynn, who has dedicated her life to a similar mission.   

“Gaelynn also loves to do speaking engagements about disability, overcoming challenges, and the joy of music. Gaelynn has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease. In recent years, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change. Gaelynn believes society must make accessibility a priority so people with disabilities can participate fully in their communities and use their talents and gifts without discrimination.”

“On March 3, 2016, Gaelynn Lea was named the winner of NPR Music’s second-ever Tiny Desk Contest. The video entry of her original song “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun” rose to the top of over 6,100 submissions from around the nation, chosen as the unanimous favorite among the contest’s six judges. The very next week, Gaelynn performed a moving Tiny Desk Concert, at which the show’s host Bob Boilen said ‘there was hardly a dry eye.’”

Don’t miss your opportunity to see a nationally acclaimed artist in downtown Winona, tickets for the 7pm show are selling fast.

The mission of Mid West Music Fest is to promote music and art activism in the region, creating opportunities for artists, stimulating downtown economic development, and providing diverse educational resources for artists, community members and children. Visit for more information.

Mid West Music Store is a member of the River Arts Alliance. For more information about the benefits of membership, please visit


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