On March 1, Corban University’s Associated Student Body President learned she won a national worship songwriters’ competition, beating out 123 initial entries.
Emily Teterud played her song “Where I Am” before a crowd at Worship Northwest held at Dayspring Fellowship in Keizer, Ore., before judges named her the winner. The contest was held by Albany, Ore.-based Christian music station HOPE 107.9.
“I’ve been writing worship songs since high school,” Teterud said. “I started ‘Where I Am’ then, but didn’t get if finished until about two years ago.” Though she had several songs that were meaningful to her, she felt “Where I Am” was a reflection of where many people around her are right now.
“It’s a song about how it seems easy to praise God, but that it isn’t always the case,” she said.
The final competition also included Corban alumnus Christ Spivey, ’12, who played “John One,” a song he wrote and almost didn’t enter into the contest.
“The Lord put this song on my heart,” Spivey said. “If there is anything we can learn from the parable Jesus told of the talents, it is that whether God has given you five talents or one, as long as you are faithful to use and develop your talent, the reward is the same.”
There wasn’t a formal prize for winning the competition, but Teterud and Spivey both said it wasn’t about them anyway.
“Singing and writing music is my number one passion,” she said. “I’ve really enjoyed seeing this happen and how God can use music to bless others.”
Photos courtesy of Ryan Pierce – RmPierce Photography