S2 E1 | 04/13/20
NBC's groundbreaking songwriting series "Songland" serves as a destination for music's biggest stars to find their next hit and represents a new chapter for music in television. Undiscovered songwriters are put center stage as they pitch their original creations to top recording artists and a panel of chart-topping music producers in the hopes of creating the artists' next big hits.
The series is an authentic peek into the creative process of songwriting and provides one talented winner per episode with the opportunity to have their song recorded and released worldwide by chart-topping artists. Season 2 guest recording artists include Boyz II Men, Florida Georgia Line, Luis Fonsi, H.E.R., Lady A, Martina McBride, Julia Michaels, Ben Platt, Bebe Rexha and Usher.
Each week one guest recording artist comes to "Songland" to hear unknown songwriters pitch their original material. Four songwriters will perform their original tracks in front of the guest artist and three of the most successful and sought-after producers in music - Ryan Tedder (lead singer of OneRepublic and four-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer of Adele, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Jonas Brothers), Ester Dean (Grammy-nominated songwriter, producer of Rihanna, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, and actress, having starred in the "Pitch Perfect" film franchise) and Shane McAnally (three-time Grammy-winning songwriter and producer of Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson and Sam Hunt with over 40 No. 1 country records and two ACM Songwriter of the Year Awards).
Each song's lyrics, arrangements, beats, melody and story will be considered by the panel as the producers and guest artist engage in a lively discussion about ways to creatively adapt them to better fit the style and sensibility of the recording artist of the week.
After the performances, the mega recording artist will choose three songwriters to move forward to the studio and pair them each with the producer best suited to perfect their song. In the studio, the songs will take shape in unexpected ways as the songwriter and producer duos work together to win over the recording artist. In the end, a winner will be chosen and their song will be recorded and released for a global audience. Last season "Songland" produced multiple chart-topping hits, including seven songs that achieved a No. 1 ranking on an iTunes music chart.
"Songland" is executive produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Audrey Morrissey ("The Voice"), director Ivan Dudynsky, Eurythmics co-founder and Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee Dave Stewart, Chad Hines and multi-Grammy-winning recording artist and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine. Josh Gummersall will serve as producer along with Ryan Tedder. The concept was devised by Stewart, Morrissey and Dudynsky.
"Songland" is produced by Live Animals in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio, Dave Stewart Entertainment and 222 Productions.
Monday, April 13, 2020
Day & Time
Mondays at 10/9c
Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean, Shane McAnally
Audrey Morrissey, Ivan Dudynsky, Dave Stewart, Chad Hines, Adam Levine
Senior Supervising Producer
Lara Karchmer, Clyde Lieberman, Tyler Furstman, Casey Dale
Chelsea Gonnering, Mollie Bloom
Katie Franzeo, Josh Gummersall, Suzanne Lee, Ryan Tedder
Hannah Borosky, Joe Awgul, Stephanie Wilmers
Supervising Casting Producer
Senior Casting Producer
Los Angeles, California
Live Animals, Universal Television Alternative Studio, Dave Stewart Entertainment, 222 Production