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Band Featuring Two Alumni Plays First Grand Ole Opry Show

Contemporary Christian band “Selah,” consisting of Belmont alumni Todd Smith and Allan Hall along with their third member Amy Perry, graced the Grand Ole Opry stage for the first time in their 20-year career on September 23. The line-up included other well-known artists such as Cassadee Pope, Chris Lane, Ricky Skaggs, Striking Matches, Lindsay Ell, The Whites, Connie Smith, Mike Snider and John Conlee. Skaggs introduced Selah to the audience before the band performed songs “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and “Amazing Grace.”

Over the course of their musical journey, Selah has been awarded eight Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, including five “Inspirational Album of the Year” trophies. The title track of their 2014 album “You Amaze Me” also became the first song to debut at #1 on the Christian Soft AC chart that began archiving in 2006. The trio has sold over 4 million album and single units total. They will be on tour in the U.S. between October 7 and November 19.

Smith said, “Belmont gave me 4 years to understand the music industry while I was pursuing my degree. It was a place where you were encouraged to dream big dreams, a place where you were surrounded by like-minded students who understood your passion and goals. Those years helped prepare me for what I am doing 20 years later.”

To view coverage of Selah’s Grand Ole Opry appearance by MusicRow Magazine, click here.

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