Clay Bradley, BMI Foundation Trustee and Director of the Nashville Songwriting Scholarship competition, has announced Texas native Kristina Sarro as the winner of the fifth annual Nashville Songwriting Scholarship. Kristina is pursuing a degree in music business at Belmont University. Judges for this year’s competition included GRAMMY-winning artist Kacey Musgraves, songwriter and musician Kyle Ryan, and music publisher Natalie Osborne.
I’m so blessed and honored to be the recipient of this scholarship.” said Sarro, “Not only is it encouragement to keep lighting the fire in my heart for music, but also reassurance that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing. Thank you immensely to the BMI Foundation, Belmont University, and my family who have supported my dreams and passions every day of my life"
The Nashville Songwriting Scholarship is an annual, nationwide competition open to aspiring country music songwriters. The award was established in 2015 by BMI to celebrate the company’s 75th Anniversary year and pays homage to musical epicenter and “Songwriting Capital of the World,” Nashville, Tennessee. The scholarship is awarded for the best original song entry in any of the following genres: Americana, blues, bluegrass, contemporary Christian, country, folk, and roots.
Kristina Sarro is a singer/songwriter born and raised in San Antonio, TX. She started playing guitar at the age of 11 and began songwriting shortly after, drawing influences from artists like John Mayer, Norah Jones, and Kacey Musgraves. Kristina became an International Songwriting Competition semi-finalist at 18 years old, and now studies Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Since, she has been named 2019 ASCAP Songwriter Showcase winner, 2019 Grammy U Songwriter Showcase finalist, 2020 Grammy U Songwriter Showcase winner, and has performed at Belmont’s student-produced Best of the Best Showcase. She continues to write and record new music that explores different ideas and new lanes, but still promises to stay true to her songwriting roots.