MediaCorp’s SG50 : The Gift of Song unveils three finalists from close to 1,000 entries
Four talented music composers emerged from MediaCorp’s song-writing competition, The Gift of Song, launched on 15 September to celebrate SG50. The six-week call for song submissions received an overwhelming response of close to 1,000 entries. Submissions came from people from all walks of life – teachers, flight attendants, doctors, IT professionals, food bloggers and taxi drivers – from as young as 8 to 80.
The three final entries come from a singing/songwriting duo named Ciao Turtle, chef Lee Chin Sin and graphic designer Andrew Lee.
Songs by the three finalists will be unveiled in January 2015, marking the launch of a public voting campaign to vote for their favourite song to celebrate SG50. The songs will be played on MediaCorp radio stations and the music videos on MediaCorp TV channels, Out-Of-Home Screens and online on toggle.sg/thegiftofsong
The judging panel for the competition is helmed by well-known local musicians Dick Lee, Jeremy Monteiro and Sydney Tan. The three finalists’ music pieces will be put to vote by Singaporeans in January 2015. The winner of The Gift of Song competition will receive a cash prize of $10,000.
Celebrity, composer, songwriter and playwright Dick Lee, who mentored the finalists : “The hardest thing about writing a song is the lyrics. Melodies are one thing. You could have a beautiful melody, but if the lyrics don’t really resonate, the song fails. These top few songs have great lyrics – they are lyrics that are meaningful, beautiful turns of phrases that we felt touch us. And I think that pushed them to the top of the heap, so to speak!”
Bernard Lim, Managing Director, TV, MediaCorp : “We had about a thousand entries from all walks of life in Singapore, including nine entries that were submitted by prison inmates. So, it is very heartening to see Singaporeans from everywhere coming together, putting their effort to present a gift for the nation, as SG50.”