Belk Announces Winners of Southern Musician Showcase

Mar 17, 2014, 09:00 ET from Belk, Inc.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Belk today announced the winners of the company's 2014 Southern Musician Showcase. Chosen from more than 2,000 submissions, 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 and eCommerce. "We are so proud of these winning Southern musicians, and are looking forward to giving them the opportunity of a lifetime."

Southern Musician Showcase Winners

Emily Hackett: Nashville, Tenn.
Genre: Pop Country

The Christian Lopez Band: Martinsburg, W. Va.
Surviving Allison: Corinth, Miss.
Genre: Americana

Laney Jones: Mount Dora, Fla.
Genre: Bluegrass

Jackie Venson: Austin, Texas
Genre: Blues

Gabbie McGee: Atlanta, Ga.
Genre: Jazz

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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.

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Learn more about the Southern Musician Showcase here.

About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. ( is the nation's largest family owned and operated department store company with 299 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence.  Its website offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. In the fiscal year ending Feb. 1, 2014, the company and its associates, customers and vendors donated more than $20.9 million to communities within Belk market areas.

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