On Tuesday, April 24th, NPR announced Naia Izumi as the winner of the NPR Tiny Desk Contest. Izumi was chosen from a pool of over 5,000 entries from all 50 states. Here at JPR, we wanted to once again feature our favorite regional submission, and this year's honor goes to singer/songwriter Hannah Mayree!
Hannah Mayree is a Sacramento, CA born singer, songwriter and music educator. Composed while criss-crossing America communing with people and plants, her songs incorporate African rhythms and diverse European and American folk traditions to express the profound mystery contained within all beings.
Mayree's entry called "Home" comes from her 2017 album Thoughts of the Night. We loved the song and the raw performance. She'll join us later this summer for a JPR Live Session.
We also wanted to showcase a couple of other regional videos we really enjoyed. The first is from the band Intuitive Compass. Cool vibe to the video, and great regional storytelling.
And Jake Martini's entry also struck us this year. Great voice, good song, nice pjs.