All entries were evaluated by a panel of judges comprising of:
1. Ruth Ling, Red Roof Records:
An Associate Artist of the Singapore Repertory Theatre for the past 4 years, Ruth is a highly accomplished producer, director, orchestrator, and songwriter who graduated Summa Cum Laude at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and obtained distinction honor for her Masters in Contemporary Music Performance from Academy of Contemporary Music.
Conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council in 2013, Ruth is recognised for her versatility in compositions and arrangements. Sole Orchestrator for Stiles and Drewe's Trilogy of Threes, the first of which has played in Chicago, New York, Finland, Israel, China and opened at the Palace Theatre in the West End, Ruth has also arranged for Pop orchestras, National Day Parade and Youth Olympic Games. Her growing list of productions with SRT include Romeo and Juliet, The LKY Musical, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and many more.
Ruth has toured for over a decade with the likes of A*Mei, Stefanie Sun, and Li Rong Hao, and her songs can be found on Mandopop records by stars such as Sandy Lam and Jam Hsiao. She has music directed concerts for numerous artists including Qi Yu and Wan Fang, and festivals such as Rhapsodies.
A multi-talented artist, Ruth has released 5 albums and started her own label in 2012. Red Roof Records
currently represents Joanna Dong and Becka, and has released an official SEA Games 2015 song and Becka's self-titled debut EP, composed the soundtrack to Miss J Contemplates Her Choice starring Kit Chan, and served as Executive Producer to Sing, Love, a project featuring local musicians including Stefanie Sun, Corrinne May, The Sam Willows and Charlie Lim in celebration of SG50.
2. Tim De Cotta, Getai Group:
Tim De Cotta
is a vocalist, bassist, songwriter and producer who believes in keeping his art pure. Styled in R&B and HipHop, Tim draws influences from artists such as Maxwell, John Legend, Common and Mos Def while styling his bass-playing after the likes of Derrick Hodge and Stuart Zender. Having played with various bands, Tim's music career constantly gets his hands dirty in musical diversity, pushing the boundaries in writing and producing with current bands such as TAJ, L.A.B, neoDominatrix and Kilo Habit.
A highly sought-after sessionist, Tim has played, written, produced and recorded with many artists, including Intriguant, The Good Life Project, Evanturetime, Michaela Therese, Ffion, .gif, Disco Hue, Mars, Inch Chua, Charles J Tan (aka Charles Jedidiah) & Ling Kai over the years.
Releasing his debut album
earlier this year, Tim is also one of the founders for
, a creative arts curation agency and platform that seeks to bring different communities together via alternative events while championing local original content.
3. Wu Jianping, Noise Singapore:
After almost a decade in the Republic of Singapore Air Force, Wu Jianping joined the National Arts Council as an arts administrator for Youth Arts. Once a young participant in its music mentorship programme, he has come full-circle to helm it as part of Noise Singapore, developing young and talented musicians locally.
As an arts administrator, he has participated in discussion panels at the likes of Face The Music in Melbourne and Baybeats Festival in Singapore. The main music programmer for Noise Singapore over the past five years, Jianping is also drummer for Singapore indie band
King Kong Jane
, performing at various venues and major festivals in Singapore including Baybeats Festival and Mosaic Festival. After being named Best English Local Act in the Sunday Times and bagging top spot in nationwide band competition PowerJam in 2008, King Kong Jane went on to, in 2011, release their debut album
Waiting For Friday
and represent Singapore at the ASEAN Youth-Cultural Exchange Festival in Jakarta.