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MediaCorp’s SG50: The Gift of Song unveils three finalists from close to a 1,000 entries
Singapore, 13 November 2014 – Today, four talented music composers emerged from MediaCorp’s song-writing competition, The Gift of Song which was launched on 15 September to celebrate SG50. The six-week call for song submission received an overwhelming response of close to 1,000 entries. The submissions came from people from all walks of life, from teachers, flight attendants, doctors to IT professionals, food bloggers and taxi drivers, with ages ranging 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.
Ciao Turtle is made up of Dennis Ng, 32, and Jared Chan, 26, who have both been playing music for the past 10 years. The duo formed the group this year and started writing original song. They launched their first single 'When The Stars' in August 2014. Their finalist composition, ‘Being Here’, is a song for all Singaporeans, about how our forefathers came to our island city and found their roots here and how we have overcome our differences and challenges to strive for a brighter future together.
On being shortlisted, Dennis exclaimed, “Elated and excited! When we wrote 'Being Here', we really never expected to be one of the finalists as we knew the competition would be strong. We are very grateful that we have been selected and are thoroughly enjoying the experience!”
Finalist Lee Chin Sin, 39, said, “The song I wrote is a very personal response to the SG50 celebrations and expresses my own feelings about Singapore. I’m up for this huge challenge and hope to present a song that resonates with everyone.”
Chin Sin’s song, ‘These are the days’, is a celebration of the special moment we share as a nation and celebrates our past achievements. The song drives a greater appreciation of what the pioneering generation has achieved while calling on the present generation to build on this legacy to strive for even higher goals and dreams.
The last finalist Andrew Lee, 48, who has dabbled in music as a hobby since he was a teenager, shared, “I feel so honoured that my song was chosen as one of the finalists! It's so wonderful to be able to be a part of SG50 and to have the opportunity to share my feelings for Singapore through song. I feel very lucky indeed! Thank you for giving me this experience!”
Andrew’s song, ‘We Are Stars’, is inspired by his relationship with his country and its people, by our flag, and the feeling of being Singaporean. The stars also led him to reference "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" which embodies hope, humility and optimism. Stars and their multitudes as a symbol, represent our incredible diversity.
As the first of a series of exciting programmes and events for all Singaporeans, The Gift of Song was first announced by MediaCorp as a gift to celebrate the nation’s 50th anniversary in 2015. The competition invited Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents to rise to the challenge of writing a song that will have every Singaporean singing along in 2015. MediaCorp will produce a grand-scale music video of the winning song, showcasing Singaporeans from all walks of life, to be released in the lead-up to next year’s National Day.
The songs by the three finalists will be unveiled in January 2015, which will also mark 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 of each song will be played on MediaCorp TV channels, Out-Of-Home Screens and online on the site - 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 also mentored the finalists, said, “The hardest thing about writing a song is I think 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, said, “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.”
Issued by Brand and Communications, MediaCorp.
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Yeong Lai Lai
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