Sully Bright sings praises and takes home Christian Showcase win
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Sully Bright sings praises and takes home Christian Showcase win

Sophomore songwriter Sully Bright captured the Christain Showcase title, as well as the hearts of the audience Saturday night.

Hosted in the Curb Event Center, with a live audience for the first time since COVID-19, Christian Showcase invited the Belmont community to come together through music.

Artists and audience alike gathered for a joyous evening of worship and fellowship.

Bright opened his set with his newest single, “Dandelions,” released on streaming platforms Friday. The song is about nature as God’s canvas, an expression of love for His creation that blooms even in the most unlikely places.

Bright’s song reflects on the beauty in creation as well as the beauty of the creator. 

“I really love just seeing God’s love for me in things like the mountains and the trees, and it just really brings me peace and that’s something that’s a big part of my faith,” he said after the show.

Sophomore runner-up Breanna Corjuc performed three powerhouse originals of her own and received a standing ovation.

Despite the uncertainty of her future, Corjuc said her faith gives her strength in her pursuit of music.

“Being at Belmont is a testimony of God’s love for me,” she said.

The third contestant in the lineup, junior Emily Schmieder, was unable to perform due to COVID-19-related health concerns. Despite her physical absence, her presence was still felt in a music video tribute featuring her song “Not for Nothing.”

The showcase had even more music in store, opening with a performance from Belmont’s BSA gospel choir that brought emotion and energy and invited the audience into hand-clapping, foot-stomping, hip-swaying praise.

Natalie Layne, a 2019 Belmont alumnus and former showcase winner, also made an appearance. Layne has since made a name for herself in the Christian entertainment industry, releasing her own music and connecting with big names like Chris Tomlin and Jeremy Camp.

“Stay rooted, stay grateful, and you’ll be just fine,” Layne advised emerging artists Corjuc and Bright.

Ever down-to-earth, Bright accepted his win with humility.

“I’m probably going to go get some Cook Out,” he said following the awards.

The approachable musician will keep that humble mindset about his career going forward. 

“I hope to be an artist one day and just keep writing songs,” he said.

Focusing on his love for music and glorifying the name of Jesus over his own, the inspiring messages behind Bright’s songs reflect the purpose of Christian Showcase. 

It’s that meaning that matters most of all, said BSA choir member and showcase ambassador Marcus Knight.

“Christian Showcase, I think, is a lot more about the message behind the music … we want to be able to communicate messages of hope, love, grace and joy,” said Knight.

Recap the music with the Vision’s Christian Showcase 2021 playlist on Spotify.

PHOTO: Sully Bright in a showcase promo photo. Belmont Showcase Series / Emma Gibby.

This article was written by Jaymey Hedberg and Tricia LaMorte.

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