Belk Announces Winners of Southern Musician Showcase

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Belk today announced the winners of the company's second annual Southern Musician Showcase. Chosen from more than 4,000 submissions, the seven winners will receive a cash prize as well as an opportunity to perform at Belk sponsored events and national music festivals throughout the South.

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 continue to be impressed with the talent we have seen this year through the Southern Musician Showcase. This year we had double the submissions of last year's showcase, which made the talent pool that much larger," says Katrina Streiner, Belk vice president, creative services. "We are so proud of these winning musicians, and are looking forward to giving them the opportunity of a lifetime."

Southern Musician Showcase Winners

Chase Likens: Point Pleasant, WV 
Genre: Pop Country

Carly Jo Jackson: Orlando, FL 
Genre: Pop

Paul Wayne Pierce: Franklin, TN 
Genre: Pop Country

Beth Spangler: Aiken, SC
Genre: Pop

January May: Austin, TX
Genre: Pop

Eryn Shewell: Gaithersburg, MD
Genre: Blues

Down Home: Nashville, TN
Genre: Americana

The Southern Musician Showcase was open to solo artists and bands in the Americana, Pop, Pop Country, 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.

Related Link: 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 300 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. 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 ended Feb. 1, 2014, the company and its associates, customers and vendors donated more than $20.9 million to communities within Belk market areas.

Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and Belk Blog, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or mobile phone text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone or Android.

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