Belmont alumni couple Ni/Co, made up of commercial music alumni Colton Jones and Dani Brillhart, finished in the Top 10 of NBC’s new show “American Song Contest,” hosted by Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dog. The couple met as students at Belmont and both graduated with the class of 2016.
The show, described as America’s version of “Eurovision,” began with 56 artists from around the country performing original songs. Each week of voting narrowed the finalists down, all representing different American states.
Ni/Co represented Alabama. “This journey has been, as corny as it sounds, a dream come true for us, to represent the state of Alabama, to do it together and to have an original song shown to millions of people,” Brillhart said in a release. “It’s been a ‘pinch me’ moment.”
On their original song written two years ago, Jones said it still gives them goosebumps. “We’re just as excited and the fact that we made it as finalists, with an original song, with our own lyrics,” he said in a release. “It’s a big feat for us, we’re so excited people connected with what we’re saying.”
Ni/Co was joined in the Top 10 by other successful artists such as Allen Stone, Riker Lynch and Jordan Smith.