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Judges for this 12 months’s Tiny Desk Contest waded and watched and debated by hundreds of entries, however at present we lastly have a winner: Her household is aware of her as Mecca Russell – we’ll come to know her as Neffy.
Immediately “has been completely wild,” she tells All Factor Thought of‘s Mary Louise Kelly in a dialog this afternoon, following the announcement of the information early this morning. “My mother is bursting on the seams,” she says, including that her mother and father are “actually blissful, and that makes me blissful.”
She says her profitable music, “Wait Up,” was written solely a month and a half in the past, within the wake of a transfer from New York, the place she’d spent the final 5 years going to school, again house to Arlington, Va. Her reflection of her half decade within the large metropolis is clear sufficient within the music’s lyrics: I am caught / and town’s bought its grip on me / and I’ve had sufficient.
Neffy’s profitable music is sparse and deep, recorded in a mode that is snug for her. “It is all the time simply been me and my guitar – I’ve by no means had an enormous band play behind me … and being alone at that desk form of displays the truth of lots of people throughout this troubling time. However to be easy, it is simply me and my guitar. It is all the time been that means.”
Hear “Wait Up” under, and take heed to our full dialog with Neffy above.
To look at a dwell chat between Neffy and Tiny Desk-haver Bob Boilen on Fri. Sept. 15, you’ll be able to RSVP right here for a reminder.