“Velvet Underground Meets Little House on the Prairie.”

Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016. Since then, she has captivated audiences around the world with her haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes. Gaelynn Lea has opened for Wilco, The Decemberists, LOW, and the industrial rock supergroup Pigface. Most recently, she composed the music for Macbeth on Broadway, starring Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga.

Gaelynn Lea is a sought-after public speaker about Disability Rights and accessibility in the arts. She has shared her perspective on PBS NewsHour, On Being with Krista Tippett, The Moth Radio Hour, NowThisThe Science of Happiness Podcast, and via two widely-viewed TEDx Talks. She is currently working on a memoir about her touring adventures and disability advocacy.

Gaelynn Lea is a voting member of the Recording Academy; she was elected to serve as a Governor for the Chicago Chapter in 2022. She is also one of the Co-Founders of RAMPD: Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities. The mission of this fast-growing, disability-led coalition is to amplify disability culture, promote inclusion & advocate for accessibility in the music industry.