UPDATE: “I’m Just Getting Started” is the winning song. The title is shortened to “Getting Started.” Check it out here. Click this link for a full episode recap.
On Tuesday’s (July 2) Songland, a new group of four songwriters will present their songs to the panel. This week, Aloe Blacc is looking for a tune specifically for the soundtrack of the upcoming movie, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Watch a preview from the episode, below.
In the clip, contestant Kyle Williams performs his original hip-hop tune, “I’m Just Getting Started.” Checking out Kyle’s song is Aloe Blacc, Fast and Furious director, David Leitch and panelists Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean and Shane McAnally.
Afterward, Leitch is pleased. “There’s a swagger…that is undeniable, that is emblematic of those two [lead] characters in the Fast world,” he says. Ester wonders “where else can we go in the song to…take it somewhere else?”
Aloe wants further the story with a bridge that will “tug the heart a little bit.” While Shane plays around with the chorus’ lyrics, Aloe works on the melody, adding a “nice drop.” Ryan adds that the song “needs to be as edgy as possible.”
You may be surprised to learn that Kyle, a Oklahoma native, is a former member of Christian pop-rock group Stars Go Dim, Currently, he performs with another Christian band We Are Messengers.
Additionally, Kyle co-penned Stars Go Dim’s hit “You Are Loved.” He also co-wrote and performed on the track “Welcome To The Fire,” which was recently licensed to NBC’s Chicago Fire, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and the film I Still See You.
Reminder! After this week, Songland goes on a five week hiatus to make room for the eight week run of the NBC comedy competition, Bring the Funny. Songland will return to the NBC schedule on a new night, Wednesday August 14 at 9 pm. It airs after the America’s Got Talent live results show.
Check out Kyle Williams “I’m Just Getting Started” right here.