Xavier Omär: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

by Bobby Carter

Xavier Omär decided to turn his Tiny Desk home concert into a whole Texas affair. Initially, Omär wanted to recreate the look of the Desk: “I wanted to kind of bring the feeling of Tiny Desk back, so I had booked a library,” he said. Ultimately the library didn’t work out, but Rosella Coffee and Wine in his home base of San Antonio proved to be a great match for his sound–spacious and airy.

Omär’s career began in Christian music under the moniker SPZRKT, before he moved into secular R&B and hip-hop. Through his first couple of projects and work with Seattle DJ and producer, Sango, the 27-year-old singer’s heart-on-sleeve approach quickly created a buzz. His latest album, if You Feel, was high on my favorite albums list of 2020.

The Alamo City resident and his cohorts orchestrated a charismatic and vocally rich show. The set list perfectly depicts the emotional arch of if You Feel. For good measure, he plays the song that put him on the map, 2016’s “Blind Man.” This is undoubtedly Xavier Omär’s best live performance on record. He’s on a clear path to greatness in R&B music.


  • “Like I Feel”
  • “Blind Man”
  • “SURF”
  • “So Much More”


  • Xavier Omär: vocals
  • Talyce Hays: vocals
  • Jay Wile: vocals
  • Alana Holmes: vocals
  • Billy Ray Blunt Jr.: guitar
  • Justin Crawford: keys
  • Korey Davison: bass
  • Josh Greene: drums
  • Kevin Davison: saxophone


  • Video: Screenville Films
  • Audio: David Gaumé, Alfredo De la Garza, Josef Rodriguez


  • Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Video Producer: Maia Stern
  • Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
  • Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame
  • Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann