Soaring past obstacles


Violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea headlines Disability Pride Festival

Gaelynn Lea is a rising music star who happens to have a disability.

Ushered into the national spotlight in March, the Duluth resident beat out 6,100 entrants, including several from Madison, to win NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest. The energetic 32-year-old is a classically trained violinist who, with the help of a middle school teacher, learned to hold her instrument like a cello to accommodate for effects of brittle bone disease, a congenital disorder that requires her to use a wheelchair.

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