Participant Info

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Gaelynn is a woman with short dark hair seated in her electric wheelchair in front of a large red and white sign that reads TEDx GullLake. She is wearing a purple and white dress and has a small, sparkly hairclip in her hair.
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Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, and she's been on the road ever since playing her unique mix of haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes. So far the singer-songwriter and violinist has appeared in 43 states and 7 countries - she's graced the stage of renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center, House of Blues and even BBC World News. “The way her voice resonates is so unusual and beautiful, like nothing I’ve ever heard before.” (Jess Wolfe, Lucius) In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn also does speaking engagements about disability rights, finding inner freedom, and accessibility in the arts. In recent years, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change. Gaelynn is currently working on a memoir about her touring adventures and disability advocacy that she plans to release in 2022.
Media, Pop Culture, Books, Music, Politics, Philosophy, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act, Feminism, Religion, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Travel, Lifestyle, Beauty
Source, Personal Essays, Opinion Editorial, Essays, Radio Appearances, Television Appearances, Podcast Appearances
Additional Credentials
professional musician and public speaker