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Daily Inspiration: Meet Savannah Brister

Today we’d like to introduce you to Savannah Brister.

Hi Savannah, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Growing up in Memphis, I was always surrounded by music.

Between Beale Street, church, my uncle’s piano shop, and my Spinet piano at home, there was rarely a moment of silence, but I loved it! I’ve been trained in piano and vocal for most of my life, but it always felt like something was missing until I learned about songwriting. That was it! I figured out how to turn pain into music, and I was HOOKED!

At 15, I was already gigging and competing in every competition my parents and I could find. Church also became a playground for me musically (shoutout to Hope Church). My high school electives consisted of singing in dive bars and recording in the studio, and after a lot of begging my parents agreed to homeschool me so we could travel more. One of those trips brought us to Atlanta for an open-call audition with NBC’s “The Voice!”

I had the time of my life and ended up making it on John Legend’s team for Season 16. Ever since, I’ve played more shows than I can count, and just released my latest single, ‘Feelings.’ My future dreams consist of continuing to love people with music. My mission statement sums it up: “To inspire, lead, revolutionize, and restore the mainstream music industry to embrace and publicize living for Christ.”

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
If you live in Memphis, you know smooth roads aren’t in our vocabulary (both literally and metaphorically, haha!). While I have been very blessed in the opportunities God has blessed me with, tackling the music industry is no small feat.

However, my demeanor and outlook on life mostly rest in the ‘glass half full’ category. If you kick me off of a national tv show; I go tour as many cities that will take me and sing my heart out. If you break my heart, I’ll just write a song about you.

Even in the middle of the pandemic with no sign of any work presenting itself or concert venues re-opening, I started a series on Instagram and TikTok where I had to write a new song each Sunday. Life sucks sometimes, but I much rather continue looking for the ‘rainbow in the rain,’ as my mom says, than focusing on the negative.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My job is all about music. I’m a songwriter, singer, recording artist, musician, worship leader… professional klutz… just kidding although I’m known to trip on air a lot.

My next week alone consists, of a radio interview, 2 gigs, 2 co-writes, and leading worship at my home away from home, “Hope Church.” I also just took a job there leading our new songwriting/recording department. So now my office is literally a recording studio! I love it!!

As of today, making it on “The Voice” was definitely a “jaw-dropping” moment for me. I’d also say winning a Hollywood Music in Media Award for my song, “Dear World” in 2021. Most of all, I’d say my work as a worship leader has made the most impact on me personally.

I’m a Jesus girl through and through, and to have the opportunity to lead people to the throne through music, is just incredibly special. Other than leading at Hope Church for most of my life, I’ve also got the opportunity to lead on a few mission trips to Germany.

I’d say the thing that sets me apart the most just based on what others have told me is my smile. It’s a super small and insignificant thing; however, spreading joy around makes a big difference, and that’s my jam! Other than that, I’m known to be an old soul or a poet’s soul as my auntie says.

Twenty-one years old on the outside, but eighty on the inside, y’all.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
“Goofy, Klutzy, Smiley, Funny, and Loud.” – My Mom.

I think she nailed my personality. Interest-wise, I’m a big movie buff! Also, remember going through a big crafting phase. Sewing, knitting, quilting, building things from hobby lobby…

I loved anything I could make with my hands. My favorite food was and still is peanut butter.

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Kim Hill, Rod Okoth, Emma Baltz, and Craig Thompson

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