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The Top Five Faith-Filled ‘Tiny Desk’ Performances

The Top Five Faith-Filled ‘Tiny Desk’ Performances

There’s some pretty iconic stages around the world to signify an artist has truly made it: Madison Square Garden in New York, the O2 in London, the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, and, of course, the Tiny Desk hosted by NPR Music in Washington, D.C.

NPR kicked off their Tiny Desk Concerts back in 2008 after NPR music editor Stephen Thompson left South by Southwest frustrated that they couldn’t hear the music over the crowd noise. Since then, NPR has brought hundreds of artists to the smallest stage to truly hear the music.

Rappers, indie singer-songwriters, pop artists and more have graced the tiny desk stage, including some of our favorite Christian and worship artists. In light of Charlie Wilson going viral for taking everyone to church in his recent session, it got us thinking about our other favorite faith-filled performances. Here’s our top five:

5. Tasha Cobbs Leonard

The gospel singer stopped by the small stage in the summer of 2019. Tasha Cobbs Leonard is regarded as one of the best gospel singers performing today, and for good reason. It’s not just because of the won numerous awards she’s won, including a Grammy. It’s because she’s truly got the voice of an angel. Let her lead you in worship as she sings “Break Every Chain, “You Know My Name” and “The River of the Lord.”

4. Kirk Franklin

Even when the world stopped, NPR’s Tiny Desk kept going, although it looked a bit different. NPR asked guests to record videos of themselves in their homes, which meant more and more artists were able to elevate their performances. And Kirk Franklin’s Tiny Desk concert is the perfect example of that. Complete with a dozen additional singers and band members, Franklin takes audiences to church with “Love Theory,” “Silver and Gold,” “Melodies From Heaven” and “I Smile.”

3. Amy Grant

The forever queen of CCM music has, of course, graced the Tiny Desk stage. Amy Grant brought some Christmas cheer to NPR back in 2018. After all, is it really Christmas if you don’t put on an Amy Grant Christmas album at least once? While the holiday season has already passed, it’s never a bad time to listen to “To Be Together,” “Tennessee Christmas”  or “Jingle Bells.”

2. Tobe Nwigwe

Rappers are few and far between on Tiny Desk, but when they do appear it’s always memorable. Such is the case for Houston rapper Tobe Nwigwe. While his music isn’t categorized as Christian, it’s hard to listen to his music and not sense his faith in it. Nwigwe brought his wife, Fat, and their then-seven week old daughter to perform “Houston Tribute,” “Caged Birds,” “Against the Grain,” “Shine” and “I’m Dope.”

1. Maverick City Music

In what is possibly the most amount of people to ever grace the Tiny Desk stage, Maverick City Music stopped by the studio to take everyone to church. The worship collective even brought out Kirk Franklin for a surprise guest performance. Mav City blessed everyone with a worship to remember singing “Man of Your Word,” “Million Little Miracles,” “Jireh” and “Kingdom.”

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