Gaelynn Lea Posts

Gaelynn Lea Talks About Disability Culture and Creativity

Duluth musician Gaelynn Lea is an advocate for connecting the creative disability community and reframing disability not as negative, but as a form of diversity. In this Twin Cities Public Television segment she talks about disability culture and performs a few of her songs at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. The segment is part of the “Disability, Culture and Creativity” episode of TPT’s mini series Art + Medicine, which aims to destigmatize disabilities through stories, art and performances.

Gaelynn Lea’s video from Microsoft’s 2023 Ability Summit

Duluth’s Gaelynn Lea provided the opening keynote yesterday to Microsoft’s 2023 Ability Summit. Her video included a performance of the song “Watch the World Unfold.”

Life after Desk: Catching up with Gaelynn Lea

Duluth’s Gaelynn Lea won National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016. NPR recently circled back to interview her during her work writing music for the Broadway adaptation of Macbeth.

The Tiny Desk Contest is NPR’s annual search for a great unsigned artist.


Duluth’s Gaelynn Lea composed the music for this video, which features 21 acrobats from around the world performing movements layered with animation.

Gaelynn Lea: Three Performances for MPR

Duluth’s Gaelynn Lea was the Current‘s Minnesota Music Month featured artist of the day on April 23. This video is part of a series the singer-songwriter and violinist contributed as educational videos to YourClassical MPR.

Gaelynn Lea – “Bound by a Thread”

Duluth musician Gaelynn Lea performs “Bound by a Thread” from her 2018 album, Learning How to Stay.

Gaelynn Lea – “In the Bleak Midwinter”

Duluth’s Gaelynn Lea performs the Christmas carol “In the Bleak Midwinter” in this video shot live in her home. The song is on Gaelynn’s 2016 Christmas album Deepest Darkness Brightest Dawn, which features live-looped versions of traditional Christmas carols.

Jeff Tweedy – “Gwendolyn”

Look for Duluthian Gaelynn Lea — or at least part of her — singing along in this new video by Jeff Tweedy.

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Gaelynn Lea – “Rebuild”

Duluth musician Gaelynn Lea has released a new track titled “Rebuild.” It is available on Spotify and Bandcamp.

Gaelynn Lea’s Virtual Tour, Show #1

Gaelynn Lea had to cancel her March tour due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Above is the first of two virtual concerts; the second will stream live on March 22 at 2 p.m. The shows are available for free, but you can support the artist by buying a ticket on

Gaelynn Lea – “The Long Way Around”

The official music video for Gaelynn Lea‘s new single, “The Long Way Around,” was shot, directed, edited and produced by Dave Mehling in Duluth, with assistance in the shooting by Rachael Stigsell and Paul Tressler.

The line drawings are by Lee Zimmerman. The actor is Vlad Messing.

Gaelynn Lea – “Breathe, You are Alive!”

This is the official music video for Gaelynn Lea‘s original poem, “Breathe, You are Alive!” from her 2016 EP The Songs We Sing Along the Way. The video was shot in 2018 and was released earlier this week.

Gaelynn Lea – “Lost in the Woods”

Official music video for Gaelynn Lea‘s “Lost in the Woods” from her forthcoming album, Learning How to Stay, which will be released on Sept. 7. Preorders available through GoFundMe.

Gaelynn Lea & Alan Sparhawk – Live at Square Lake Festival 2017

Longing for hot summer-concert days? Well, PDD posted a Black-eyed Snakes concert video here from last summer … and it mysteriously disappeared from YouTube the next day. So here’s a replacement — Gaelynn Lea and Alan Sparhawk from the same concert, the Square Lake Film & Music Festival in Stillwater last August.

Enchanting the Internet with Funk and a Fiddle

The global video company Great Big Story features Duluth’s Gaelynn Lea in this video from the “Funk Plus One” series, hosted by Chris Funk of the Decemberists.

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