Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia singer Brittany Turnipseed had the opportunity of the lifetime in performing at the historic Apollo Theater in New York City, NY.

Not only did she perform, but she came in first place and will be returning in August for another round of competition.

"It was surreal to win," says Turnipseed. "It was amazing and kind of stunning. I'm not an emotional person, but I teared up a little bit. Oh my goodness, I was shocked."

Turnipseed performed her rendition of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive."

"A lot of people think it's corny and crazy, but it's one of my favorite songs to sing."

She says her love for music came an at early age, singing in her church's choir and performing her first solo in her 4-H program.

"The stage is really where I feel like I can connect with people in a quick way," says Turnipseed.

Now that she will be returning, she is asking for the community's support through a GoFundMe Page.

"The next time I go I can add my name to the list of people who have made their way through the Apollo Theater, because at one point it was one of the only theaters that really showcased black talent," she says. "To win would I would be able to add my name to that finite list of people."

Her husband Carl Grooms, reached out to us here at News 19 to shout out her success, but Turnipseed says representing her family and her state in New York City is an opportunity she will never forget. She hopes to encourage other talent from Soda City.

"Columbia is immensely talented," she says. "We have so many amazing musicians and singers and I would just say keep trying and hone your skills here."