Live music is in a strange state, given the global pandemic — but the paradigm change hasn’t slowed down 2021 Country Showcase winner Grace Blosser one bit.
This win was a long time coming for the senior singer-songwriter from Naperville, Illinois, saying she’s been a fan of Belmont’s showcase series since her first year at the school.
“My first experience was being a fan in the audience,” she said. “I saw Anna Vaus up there and thought, ‘this is something I will never get to do, but that’s incredible.’”
A year later, she was given the opportunity to perform at Best of the Best as an individual songwriter after winning the ASCAP Writer’s Round — and it was her first behind-the-scenes glimpse of the showcase series.
She auditioned for Country Showcase her junior year, but was not selected to perform. But when her senior year came around, she was handpicked as one of the top four, allowing her to finally see her goal through.
Blosser took that opportunity to perform two original songs, the first of which was a ballad called “Old Mistakes.” It’s a heartfelt slow-burner about old wounds and how we might learn from them, Blosser explained.
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