On the Hook

Hip Hip Sonyae!

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The Write Girl

Sonyae Elise: Platinum Hitmaker

Sticking With You

Dare to Suck

DJ Have My Babies

It's Poppin'

I Like The Way You Move

On Pause

The Exorcist

Reign Over Me

Nice Guys Finish Last

When Egos Collide

The Word is Hubris

Like a Tohn of Bricks

A Safe Bet

Sincerely Yours

10 Things I Love About You

All You Need Is Love

Dr. Jekyll and Melissa Hyde

Lovin' It

Not Hot

Clever Girl

Rap Battles

Join the Love-Fest

The Weakest Link

I Get Chills

Speak And Spell

A Place of Truth

Straight to the Vein

Panic at the Disco

Keep It Simple Stupid

Sicker Than the Remix

Get Loose

Setting the Bar

30 Minutes or Less

I Write the Songs

You Only Got One Second to Save the Song

On the Hook

Kandi gives us her perspective on the songs and lets us know if she loved "Love It or Hate It."

OK, before I even get started let me put out this disclaimer:

Please don't take this personally. I'm going to give my truthful opinion and let the truth set me free! So if I say something bad about someone's song it is my opinion, not law. Don't send me hate mail or tweets because you don't like my opinion.

So now that that's said. . .How the hell did Sonyae's hook get first place in the hook competition??? It must have been better in person because it didn't sound too hot from the clip they played. I think the same goes for Nick who won second place. Once again maybe it was better in person, because I know I wouldn't want the world to judge one of my songs just from a two-second clip. Well the clip is all they gave us so. . .

Personally I really liked their third choice, Scotty, A LOT. The fourth choice, Jackie, had a nice hook as well. How did Brian's hook get overlooked? I liked it, but what do I know?

Uh oh! Now I have to eat my words. It probably would've been better for me to watch the whole show before I wrote this but I'm watching and writing at the same time. OK, so Nick, I owe you an apology! The two-second clip didn't do your hook any justice. Now that I've heard the full hook in the song you wrote with Jes and Karen I REALLY like it! You guys did a great job.

I also love the song that Jackie, Johnny, and Melissa wrote. BTW, Jackie I really like your voice. Great delivery.

Next, I must really give it up to Scotty, Brian, and Nevin! I like your song as well. Scotty your voice is beautiful.

Now here I come to Sonyae's team. . .What the hell was that??? The full version of this song proves that I was right about the hook from the beginning. "Love It or Hate It" -- hated it! And why did you get up there without your teammates??? Hmmm. . .

OK so I see Nick's team won the song competition. Great job! I liked all three songs, but I have to give it to you. You did push the envelope and that's what set you apart.

So I just saw that they picked Sonyae's team over Scott's team. . .REALLY Y'ALL? Give me a break. I understand that Scotty's song was a ballad and sometimes ballads don't catch your attention as quickly as a song with high energy but. . .I don't know what to say.

Until next time.

Much Love,


The Write Girl

Kara explains why Sonyae was the winner and what each songwriter brought to the final challenge.

First off, I am so proud of the growth that Sonyae, Scotty, and Jes made over the course of the show. If I were in their shoes starting out, I don't know if I would have been able to take the pressure of the episode challenges. This was a writing boot camp and the strongest (with the exception of Johnny) definitely survived. Their diligence, team work, and commitment to learning is what landed them in the final three. Their songs were fantastic this week, and I believe they all have careers ahead of them in music.

The Winner ---- When we first met Sonyae, we knew she had a gift for lyrics and concepts, which is one of today's most important components to hit songs. But, she was seemingly at a disadvantage because she didn't play an instrument and I wasn't sure how that would translate during the course of the competition. Thankfully we began to see that Sonyae is musical. She knows what chords fit her melodies and that's why she was able to win this competition. Many topliners don't play an instrument but they are responsible for some of the biggest hits out there today. Their voices are their instrument and they sing what they feel and hear in their heads. Her melodies always came from an emotional place and I think that is why she really impressed us as well. She consistently delivered week to week. She would be an asset in any room of writers in any genre. For me, she is a force to be reckoned with and I think we will be seeing a Sonyae song on an album any day now.

And then there's Scotty who was stuck in adult contemporary ballad land when we first met him. During the course of the show, he figured out how to make more contemporary tracks and teamed up with people that pushed him to be younger, more rhythmic, and hipper. His melodic sensibility was always there, he just needed to put it on top of modern tracks. He also started scrutinizing his lyrics more during the season and that culminated in his best work, "Beautiful You." That song is a great personal anthem and I want to commend him for really speaking about such an emotional and personal subject and yet making it so universal.

Lastly Jes, a singer-songwriter with a beautiful voice and passion for writing. When she first started out she would often get lost in her own piano world. Her songs were very niche and her melodies (while lovely) fit her voice more than they did the voices of other artists. Over the competition, she really learned how to condense her songs and make every part of them meaningful. She too has a gift for emotion in her melodies and by the end of the season was writing lyrics that could match the power of her music. "Come Alive" was a brilliant melodic piece of work.

I found it very interesting that all three contestants pulled from their own life stories when they were faced with creating the biggest hit of their lives. We encouraged them from the beginning to always come from an honest place. I don't think it's a coincidence that these were some of their strongest songs. Great writers will tell you their best material came from their real life experiences -- that's the inspiration part of a song, which is so crucial to making it great. The other part is craft, which we spent a lot of time discussing on the show. Hopefully all the contestants feel they are better writers because of the show. If they do, then we all did our jobs.

Good luck to them all. We are rooting for 'em!