NBC Competition Reality Show Songland Features Aspiring Songwriters

And still, another competition reality will soon make a bow on network television (NBC). Songland is produced by and stars Adam Levine and Dave Stewart. The Voice producer Audrey Morrissey is also involved. It appears that the pilot has been filmed, but no airdate has been announced yet.  Check out NBC’s official announcement below.

Aiming to find the next generation of hit songwriters, NBC and Universal Television Alternative Studio are bringing powerhouse producer Audrey Morrissey of The Voice, Eurythmics co-founder and producer Dave Stewart, Maroon 5 member and The Voice coach Adam Levine and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder together to produce Songland. The series will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity for talented up-and-coming songwriters to be exposed to and mentored by three music producers per episode who are responsible for today’s biggest hits.

The 11-episode original competition series creates a unique platform for new voices to be heard.

The first edge-of-your-seat episode features three-time Grammy nominee and Billboard chart topper and songwriter Charlie Puth as the mega-recording artist along with a panel of producer-songwriters that includes Grammy winner Tedder, singer and Grammy-nominated songwriter Ester Dean and Grammy-winning country singer-songwriter Shane McAnally.

“Songwriters, whether you are aware of it or not, compose the theme songs to our lives. A song can be the pillar on which our dreams are made of or the shoulder on which we cry,” said Stewart. “I’ve been writing songs with and for other people for 40 years and it’s always a thrill to hear those songs interpreted and recorded by all kinds of artists. I’m excited for the viewers to see and hear that magic being created between unknown songwriters and our panel of hit-making mentors.”

“‘Songland’ has been an ongoing passion project for both myself as well as my team at 222,” said Levine. “As a songwriter, I am all too familiar with the challenges that face the music community today. With this new series, we are excited to provide opportunities that will not only impact these songwriters’ careers but also give them a platform to truly showcase their talent to a global audience.”

The series takes an inside look at the creative process and provides one talented winner per episode the priceless opportunity to have their song recorded for a global audience by the chart-topping artists featured in their show.

In each episode five songwriters will perform their original tracks in front of three top music producers and a major recording artist on an intimate soundstage. Each song’s lyrics, arrangements, beats, melody and story will be considered by the panel as producers 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 as the top artist’s next single.

“Songland” is a show that gives songwriters the opportunity to showcase their talents regardless of where they come from or what their day job might be. The series is looking for submissions from people of all walks of life from up-and-coming songwriters and music students, to stay at home moms, bartenders and school teachers. For those interested in appearing on “Songland,” please go to https://www.songlandcasting.com/coming-soon.php.

Songland will be executive produced by Stewart, Morrissey, Levine and director Ivan Dudynsky. Josh Gummersall will serve as producer along with Ryan Tedder who is represented by Ron Laffitte, Dana Salant for Patriot Management. The concept was devised by Stewart, Morrissey and Dudynsky.

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  1. If it would cover the nuts and bolts of how songwriters work, I would really find that interesting, but In general , I expect they will try to jazz it up with other, less interesting,(to me) elements. How fascinating would the general audience find people building a song bed, picking a meter, and a focus for the lyric, how they build the bridge, select just the right words to convey their idea, maybe talk voicing or instrumentation, or in Tedder’s case, click tracks, and all that jazz?

    I think that people in general think it’s easy to write a song, and I would be annoyed by a show that re-inforced that misconception…if the focus isn’t on the technical skills and why they matter past the original idea, not sure I would be interested. Also. Ryan Tedder. ?

  2. Since this show shuts out non-performing songwriters such as myself, I refuse to support it.

  3. So, what pool are these “talented up-and-coming new song writers” being selected from, since they already limited the field? People who are already successful? ?

  4. Ryan Tedder was excellent on that Canadian show that had a winner a week. Charlie Puth was one of the best guest mentors that I have seen on The Voice. That is an excellent start. Then there is Adam Levine. Ok. Done.

  5. So if they are really only looking for performing songwriters, that puts the focus on the performance, and not the song; if it will only be considered in the light of how well the writer can deliver the material, then it is no longer about the material…IMO.

    IDK if Bernie Taupin was any shakes as a performer, but I would not be happy with any judgement of the songs he wrote for Elton John only being valued by the way Bernie could sing them. And that is just one *For Instance*…

    Hmm, this Songwriter’s Contest seems very hinky, seen in that light. JMO, Of Course.

  6. Anyone can apply, but you have to submit a performance of your original song. Now I guess you could get someone else to perform on the recording, but once you get onto the show you have to perform yourself. You can’t bring in someone else to sing your song or play guitar/keyboards, etc for you. I may tell my co-writers about this show — since they can perform themselves :)

    ETA – Actually if you or any of your co-writers has a current publishing deal, you aren’t eligible to be on the show

  7. Well the premise is to find songs for big-name artists to record. So hopefully the focus will still be on strength of the songs

    I wrote them to find out if there’s a way to be on the show if the songwriter doesn’t sing or play an instrument. So let’s see if I get any response back

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