Cumbest is finalist in Soul Tunes contest


A Mississippi teenager's "prayer set to music" is getting national attention.

Elizabeth Cumbest's song "Seashore" is one of three finalists in the devozine Soul Tunes Song Contest.

The Upper Room's devotional magazine for youth sponsored the contest for youth bands and songwriters. The winner will perform the winning song live at Youth 2007 in Greensboro, N.C. in July. More than 10,000 young people from around the world are expected to attend.

Online voting will determine the winner. Voting continues through May 15.

"Seashore" is one of seven songs Cumbest, 15, wrote following Hurricane Katrina. The teenager released a CD All Things New - Songs of Hope after Hurricane Katrina earlier this year. Proceeds from its sale benefit the Seashore Mission, a United Methodist ministry to the homeless in Biloxi. The mission's facilities were destroyed in Katrina.

Cumbest is the daughter of Rev. Chris and Rev. Sheila Cumbest.