first_imgNPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series is, without a doubt, one of the most entertaining series on the Internet. With big-name acts like Tedeschi Trucks Band, Trey Anastasio, Thundercat, and Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals being some of our favorites that have taken over the mini space, we trust and believe in whatever talent the NPR folks put before our eyes. The annual Tiny Desk Contest brought us Tank and The Bangas in 2017, and this year, chose Naia Izumi as the winner out of 5,000 applicants.As NPR introduced him:Naia is a 34-year-old musician from Georgia who regularly busks on the streets of Los Angeles, where he now lives. He impressed the judges with his intricate, complex guitar playing and his sweet, emotive voice. The video he submitted for “Soft Spoken,” recorded in the home studio he has built in his garage, showcases the incredible skillfulness and gentle spirit he brings to his music.From here, Naia will head to Washington, D.C. to play his own Tiny Desk concert, before heading out on the road with Lagunitas Brewing Company for a national tour with some of NPR’s favorite local contest entrants. Tour details are forthcoming. Check out Naia Izumi’s entry video below, and fall in love with the new winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert:[Video: NPR]last_img read more