Vocal Edge: Unwritten, had been a big risk.

Not only was it venturing into unknown territory, in which we were asking people to bare their souls and write to provided royalty-free tracks, but it had been conceived, for the first time, by someone other than Brett.  Isabel's idea had been so well recieved and created such amazing music in its first outing, that s second season was simply a MUST.  

 

Vocal Edge: Unwritten 2 began on July 6th 2017.

The season kicked off with a song, written by Isabel herself, and performed by the judging team.

There'll Always Be Something - Unwritten Judges
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Round One

A Sip Of Summer

Challenge one of our second season required the contestants to write about summer.  They also had to include specific words in their lyrics; wave, sunbeam and shore.

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Featured Track:

Summer Heights, NJ - Joey
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Round Two

Inspiration

The contestants were now challenged to write a song whose lyrics were inspired by the picture provided.  The disparity between the picture and track were deliberate, but everyone seemed to deal well with it and came up with great songs.

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Featured Track:

Do You Know My Name? - Ayce
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Round Three

The Shop

The next challenge was within the ability to avoid (or work around) a guiding melody in the provided track.

Contestants were tasked with a specific style, and problems to overcome, whilst composing melody and lyrics about 'a shop'.

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Featured Track:

Best of Craigslist: Casual Encounters - Rob
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Round Four

Paper Bag

In order to test their storytelling through music, the contestants were tasked with writing a song, specifically about a man called Mikey, involving a paper bag, and using the line "I thought I saw him cry".  The song was also required to end with a cliffhanger...

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Featured Track:

The Confession - Ash
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Round Five

Elixir

The contestants were simply given a title to work from on this round... 'Elixir'.  the resulting songs literally brought tears to the eyes of multiple judges, and was one of the most emotive and stunning rounds in VE history.

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Featured Track:

Elixir of Breath - Anne
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Finals

The finalists were given two tasks in the finals; one was to work with a blank page, an find their inspiration for a subject purely from the provided track.  The other, was more restrictive.  Complete and resolve the cliffhanger from your own song, from Round 4.

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