Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR

Warning: It is arduous to maintain nonetheless when listening to the infectious music of effervescent R&B powerhouse Joyce Wrice. Unwanted side effects might embrace an intense head bop, the occasional stank face and a imply two-step. Wrice’s Tiny Desk live performance is a surprising show of her abilities, displaying us the place the San Diego bred, Los Angeles primarily based singer has been and the place she’s going subsequent. Clad in all white and backed by a band carrying matching black Nike tracksuits and sneakers, they exude a vibe harking back to a household.

The live performance commences with a sampling of her refreshing (and NPR favourite) 2021 debut album Overgrown, that established her as a serious voice in up to date R&B. Accompanied by a seven-piece band of tasteful musicians, Wrice opens with a soulful dwell association of “Chandler,” earlier than easily transitioning into “Falling In Love.” That funky bassline you hear? Courtesy of the one and solely Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II, who govt produced Overgrown and final graced the Tiny Desk for Fortunate Daye’s live performance in 2019.

We get a style of Wrice’s new pop influenced EP Motive, which takes an brisk flip away from her extra soulful debut. As she closes out the set with “Bittersweet Goodbyes,” and the Kaytranada produced “Iced Tea,” each written in collaboration with Mack Keane (who’s seen right here holding it down on keys), we witness an assured artist motivated to make you progress.


  • “Chandler”
  • “Falling in Love”
  • “Should Be Good”
  • “On One”
  • “Bittersweet Goodbyes”
  • “Iced Tea”


  • Joyce Wrice: vocals
  • Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II: bass
  • Branden Akinyele: drums 
  • Mack Keane: keys, vocals 
  • Christian Carey: guitar
  • D’anna Stewart: vocals
  • Astyn Turrentine: vocals


  • Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Director: Kara Body
  • Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
  • Inventive Director: Bob Boilen
  • Editor: Joshua Bryant
  • Videographers: Kara Body, Joshua Bryant, Michael Zamora
  • Audio Assistant: Hannah Copeland
  • Manufacturing Assistants: Jill Britton, Alanté Serene
  • Tiny Desk Crew: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer, Maia Stern
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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