In June 2017, we launched our Lyrical Miracle competition Opens an overlay [Will show a security message first] on Facebook. If you missed it, here's what happened: we asked our musically-minded followers to reveal some of their favourite self-penned lyrics and the stories behind them.
It wasn't just for our own entertainment, but to give the winners an amazing music industry experience – a two-day masterclass at the iconic Metropolis Studios in London, hosted by songwriter-to-the-stars, Jin Jin.
Hundreds shared their lyrics, ranging from the heartfelt to the surreal Opens an overlay [Will show a security message first]. We saw songs about online dating, families, music festivals, science, sandwiches and, er, writing songs.
It was a tough job to judge the winners, so we asked MOBO to help us out. They know what innovative, chart-shaping music is, and selected seven of the most creative entries to attend the masterclass, as well as adding three of their own UnSung artists into the mix.
Once an intern at the Philharmonia Orchestra, Liz Owen has a (very) broad music taste – think classical to contemporary pop – and writes songs between travelling, volunteering, the theatre and loads more.
Guitarist and vocalist William Thompson cares about all things wordy. A fan of witty, observational lyrics like those of Britpop and indie bands, his work is grounded by a love for literature.
Patrick Fox already has an impressive recording history. He released his first EP in 2014 and has received press coverage in his native Northampton.
East London girl Lizzie Claydon grew up performing and singing, and loves all things music. She also writes and plays the drums.
Haula Nakakembo has the industry seal of approval from cool music publications. She describes her work as "darkly anthemic Pop/RnB".
Dan Benney has played guitar from his home in Cornwall since he was 13. He's gained loads of experience as a session musician in local studios.
It was the wedding of a close friend that reignited Lynz Crichton's love for songwriting. As a teacher then busy mum, the opportunity to get playing the guitar for her friend's big day got her to re-hone her musical skills.