REVIEW: 2022 Christian Showcase brings joyful night in the Curb


Sammi Accola's band performs at the Curb Event Center on Friday night. Karlie Souder/Belmont Vision

Glory filled the Curb Event Center Friday night as Christian Showcase contestants poured their hearts out to the audience through spiritual songs.

Belmont University’s fall 2022 Christian Showcase was introduced by co-hosts Marcus Knight and Daniel Mazzerina by saying “we have not had a Christian showcase like this ever before.”

And the hype did not disappoint.

After a quick prayer and some minor technical difficulties, Abby Dixon began the night with her original songs “Take It All” and “Until Every.”

She ended her portion by asking the audience to stand on their feet and sing along as she performed her last song “Understand,” which she wrote to explain the way she felt coming into the showcase.

Next, Breanna Corjuc and her band took to the stage starting with “I Will Triumph,” followed by “You Are Holy.”

Corjuc reminded the audience that God is present in all situations and finished with the powerful anthem “God You’re with Me.”

A mosh pit formed as Sammi Accola, the next singer, began “Horizon Eyes,” an Americana Pop song Accola describes as “a big bear hug from God.”

In her next song titled “Renaissance,” Accola moved to a smaller stage on the left to bring bedroom worship to the arena.

Accola introduced her final song by announcing her band as the first all-women band in showcase history. The country style of “Holy Women” got the crowd grooving, ending Accola’s set with a bang.

David Murphy, the final contestant of the night, brought upbeat vibes to the stage and brought the crowd to its feet with songs “Write A Song” and “Nobody Like Jesus.”

For his final song, Murphy welcomed Abby Dixon back to the stage to perform “The God Who’s Never Late,” a song they co-wrote.

While the judges were coming to a decision, the Black Student Association's choir took to the stage to worship with the audience.

One song's lyrics “I never knew I could be so happy,” perfectly reflected the atmosphere of the arena.

Once the judges finished their deliberation, co-hosts Knight and Mazzerina came back onstage to announce the winner.

“3,2,1...Sammi Accola!”

Accola thanked the crowd for making her feel so comfortable and celebrated the moment with her band.

Accola will have the chance to display her talent again at the Best of the Best in the spring as a result of her phenomenal performance. This article was written by Karlie Souder

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