My Night at the Charlotte Music Awards

A night of firsts happened to me last week.  I performed at the legendary Comedy Zone in Charlotte at the NC Music Factory.  I competed in a live singing-songwriting competition.  I met some of the best singer-songwriters in Charlotte.  And for the first time, my favorite restaurant disappointed me.  :)  Well it wasn't too bad.  Mert's Heart and Soul, used to have prize-winning deep fried catfish on the bone.  Now they serve catfish fillets.  What a bummer.  But, they are still one of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte.  If you're in town, head uptown and look for them. They serve down-home hearty goodness on plates.  

I digress.


I was nominated for Best Singer-Songwriter of 2013 with the Charlotte Music Awards last month.  The competition was last weekend.  I competed with 12 other hopefuls for the title.  I went on stage and gave it my best shot.  Everybody said I did really really good, even the other performers.  But ultimately, a sweet southern country singer took it home.  :(


Here are a couple pictures from the evening.

Anitra Jay, R&B/Soul Singer-Songwriter competing at the Charlotte Music Awards


What's really cool about the venue is that, this is the same stage all the big comedians grace when they come to Charlotte.  Brian Reegan, Rob Schneider, Tommy Davidson, and the host of others.  So I performed on the same stage they made jokes on.  Pretty Cool, huh!?!


All in all it was lots of fun and a great networking opportunity.  Would I do it again?  I'm not too sure about that.  I was pretty bummed out about losing at first.  But my take-away from the whole experience is that awards and accolades might be good from an earthly glory standpoint, but in the grand scheme of things, if you are living out your purpose, only what you do for Christ will last.  I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing.  No matter what the outcome is.  And plus, I'll save my 80 bucks for merchandise or album production.