Surviving Allison wins national music competition

Surviving Allison is, from left, Zach Jones, Mason Dowd, Chris Ekiss, Drew Gann and Andrew Ferrell. Listen to the band's music at reverbnation.com/survivingallison.

Surviving Allison is, from left, Zach Jones, Mason Dowd, Chris Ekiss, Drew Gann and Andrew Ferrell. Listen to the band’s music at reverbnation.com/survivingallison. (John Vines)

By Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

CORINTH – This could be Surviving Allison’s big break.

The Corinth-based pop/rock/folk band is one of six winners of the Belk Southern Music Showcase. The department store hosted the competition this spring to find six of the best acts in the Southeast. Out of the 2,000 bands and musicians who entered, Surviving Allison is one of six winners – and the only winner from Mississippi.

The band turned in an electronic press kit to the competition and was later asked to come to Atlanta for an audition. The band members found out they won earlier this month.

“It came with a pretty nice cash prize, a show wardrobe that we’re going to be wearing in the TV commercial we’re filming on Monday,” said band member Chris Ekiss.

Belk is flying Surviving Allison to North Carolina for the shoot.

Belk is teaming up with entertainment company Live Nation to showcase the winners this summer, so Surviving Allison will be performing at those concerts as well.

“It’s kind of weird. I don’t know that we’ve had time to soak it in,” Ekiss said. “For some of us, this is our first time getting on a plane. It’s cool.”

Surviving Allison started about three years ago and has had a few member changes over the years, but Ekiss said the current lineup is permanent. His band members are Mason Dowd, Drew Gann, Zach Jones and Andrew Ferrell.

Surviving Allison is also competing in Hard Rock Rising, a competition for up-and-coming bands. The winner of that competition will perform in Rome and score a record deal.

The band hopes to have a new album out in a few months.

sheena.barnett@journalinc.com