NPR announces Tiny Desk contest winner; several Colo. artists submit videos

February 12, 2015
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Fantastic Negrito

Earlier this year, NPR Music launched its first ever Tiny Desk Concert contest. Musicians were solicited to submit videos of themselves performing an original song at some kind of desk for the chance to perform for the unique NPR video series.  

Today, NPR crowned Oakland, Calif., artist Fantastic Negrito as the winner for the "Lost in the Crowd" video. Watch it below.

Over 7,000 total videos were submitted to the contest jury which included All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, musicians Valerie June and Thao Nguyen and producer John Congleton. A number of those videos were sent in by Colorado musicians, many of whom have performed in the CPR Performance Studio.

These Tiny Desk contest selections attest to the vast range of music created by Colorado artists. Enjoy a few choice entries below:

Patrick Dethlefs - "I Was Your Age" (featuring Macon Terry and Jeff Rady)

Anthony Ruptak & the Midnight Friends - "Hooks and Rope"

The Raven & the Writing Desk - "Silent Actress"

Spirits of the Red City - "Halfway Poem" (filmed in Minnesota, but features Colo. musicians)

Eldren - "Should You Find Me / Wife of the Party"

Poet's Row - "The Sweet One" (live at Denver's Knotty Tie Co.)

Glowing House - "Don't Know How"

Montropo - "Brother, Stay"

Listen to CPR Performance Studio sessions with some of the featured artists:

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