Songland Spoilers Featuring Old Dominion: Meet the Songwriters

SONGLAND — “Old Dominion” — Pictured: Old Dominion, Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Shane McAnally — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Here is everything you need to know about the eighth episode of Songland, airing Wednesday August 21 at 9 pm ET/PT after America’s Got Talent Results on NBC. 

As always,  Four songwriters will present their tunes to the panel, hoping to have it recorded by this week’s star artist, country group, Old Dominion.  More specifically, the songwriters will vie for an opportunity to write the newest Jeep brand commercial jingle. The 90-second Jeep brand commercial featuring Old Dominion performing the winning song will premiere at end of the Aug. 21 episode

The competition features an all-star panel of songwriters and producers that include Ryan Tedder (Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love,” Beyonce “Halo,” and his own hits with OneRepublic), Ester Dean (Nicki Minaj “Super Bass,” Katy Perry “Firework,” Kelly Clarkson “Mr. Know it All”) and Shane McAnally (Kacey Musgraves “Merry Go Round,” The Band Perry “Better Dig Two,” Keith Urban “Female,”). 

Check out this week’s four songwriters. 

MACI – MACI is a pop singer/songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. Check out her song “Take A Ride” on Youtube.

Katelyn Tarver – We gotta ringer this week. According to her Wikipedia page, Katelyn is an American actress and singer. She is known for her recurring roles as Jo Taylor on the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush, Natalie on the ABC series No Ordinary Family, and Mercedes on ABC Family The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She was also a contestant on the short-lived American Idol offshoot American Juniors in 2003. She’s already released a couple of albums and a bunch of singles. Check out her Youtube channel.

Jacobi.e – Singer/songwriter based in Southern California. Check out his Facebook page. He’ll be releasing a new song tomorrow. A sure sign that he did not advance?

Jake Scott – This dude is a semi-ringer. The Los Angeles based singer/songwriter charted on Billboard right out of college. He collaborated with David Hodges on his sophomore effort. He’s written for artists like Aloe Blacc (Brooklyn in the Summer), Jason Mraz, Christina Perri, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen (The Voice 5 alum) and Sara Evans. Earlier this year, he signed a publishing deal with Angry Mob Music. Read a piece on Jake from Music Connection. Check out Jake’s YouTube channel.

The 11-episode series will feature artists: Jonas Brothers, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, OneRepublic, Old Dominion,, Kelsea Ballerini, Leona Lewis, Aloe Blacc, and Macklemore



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