NBC’s Smash Hit Songland Returns Monday
And country will be well-represented on the premiere episode
By kncitom on April 7, 2020
Songland starts its second season Monday night.
The series, which was conceived by Dave Stewart of the 80s duo The Eurythmics as a way to showcase the creative process behind the songs we fall in love with, was one of 2019’s most watched reality shows.
With no host, the show instead features 3 highly successful producer/songwriters as coaches, representing, roughly, the genres they’re most well-known for: Ester Dean, R&B, and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, rock and pop and, for country, Shane McAnally (who was my guest last fall on the podcast Write You a Song, which you can listen to here). I say “roughly” because all three are not afraid to delve into different genres depending on the aspiring songwriter in front of them.
Last season the show also featured guest appearances every week from successful artists, including, from the country genre, Old Dominion and Kelsea Ballerini. That guest artist then records the song deemed the winner of their particular episode. And, right out of the gate in the season 2 premiere, country will be represented by Lady Antebellum, who recently tweeted this tease
— Lady Antebellum (@ladyantebellum) April 7, 2020
Florida-Georgia Line and Martina McBride are also set to appear this season, along with Usher, Bebe Rexha and Boyz II Men.
If you haven’t watched the show, it’s a very good glimpse behind the music curtain to watch the creative process that happens before a singer or a band ever enters the studio. Find out more, here