Justin Belew, a worship pastor at Golden Acres Baptist Church in Phenix City, won the third series of the Rivertown Showdown Wednesday.
For winning the singer-songwriter competition at The Loft, he gets a prize package worth $1,500. Anthony Johnson of Sylvester, Ga., finished second. He won recording studio time at The Loft.
The contest's final round included performances by 13 musicians, one of whom was indicted attorney Mark Shelnutt. He was the first performer in the lineup and didn't mention the charges against him. He took the stage in jeans and a short-sleeved shirt. His first song, "The Song That Never Ends," was about the good times he had in college. His second song, "Precious Child," was inspired by a friend going through a rough time.
See photos from the Rivertown Showdown on our nightlife blog.