Selected from more than 2,000 applicants, the six winners will receive a cash prize as well as an opportunity to perform at a Belk-sponsored/Live Nation amphitheater in Dallas, Birmingham, Raleigh, Atlanta or Charlotte.
Other prizes include a performance wardrobe and stylist provided by Belk, and an opportunity for the artists’ songs to be featured in a Belk television commercial.
“We have been incredibly impressed by the talent we have seen through the Southern Musician Showcase,” says Jon Pollack, Belk executive vice president of marketing, sales promotion. “We are so proud of these winning Southern musicians, and are looking forward to giving them the opportunity of a lifetime.”
The Southern Musician Showcase Winners are:
Emily Hackett: Nashville, Tenn.
Genre: Pop Country
The Christian Lopez Band: Martinsburg, West Va.
Surviving Allison: Corinth, Miss.
Laney Jones: Mount Dora, Fla.
Jackie Venson: Austin, Texas
Gabbie McGee: Atlanta, Ga.
The Southern Musician Showcase was open to solo artists and bands in the Americana, Pop Country, Jazz, Blues and Bluegrass genres. Contestants were asked to submit three original songs, a brief biography that details their affiliation to the South, head shots, a full length photo, and a video. Semifinalists competed in regional auditions.
Learn more about the Southern Musician Showcase here.