Songland season 2 continues with guest artist, country group Florida Georgia Line. Helping the act find their next great song among four undiscovered songwriters will be returning panelists members Ryan Tedder, Shane McAnally and Ester Dean. In the episode, the team will help the fledgeling tunesmiths shape and produce their songs for a final performance in front of the artist, who will choose the winning song to record.
Upcoming artists featured in season 2 include: Boyz II Men, Ben Platt, Bebe Rexha and Usher.
Check out this week’s Songland emerging songwriters
This week’s quartet of hopefuls are mostly experienced and mostly Canadian! Victoria Banks is 47 years old and has been in the business for years. The trio of Canadians have numerous singles on the Canadian charts. One artist released a single last year written by Idol 2016 champ, Trent Harmon.
Hailing from a small town outside Toronto, Canada, Griffen grew up in a musical family, and began singing and playing multiple instruments by the time he was 12 years old. While attending school at Bowling Green State University in Ohio as a Division 1 Rugby player, Griffen sharpened his musical skills by playing multiple shows a week at local bars. After graduation, he moved to Nashville and signed his first publishing deal with Big Loud in 2019. Griffen co-wrote the Keith Urban song “Polaroid.” Keith worked with Florida Georgia Line producer Joey Moi on the song, so prior connections established! Unsurprisingly, we’ve got a song preview HERE. Instagram Facebook Youtube
Lukr started writing songs as a kid “plunking out melodies on the $80 second-hand family piano.” His post-genre sound currently reflects 90’s acts such as Kanye, Dashboard Confessional, and Lauryn Hill. Lukr describes his sound as ‘NEON GRUNGE’. Currently living in East Nashville, Tenn., the artist dropped his first two singles in 2016 which garnered 15+ million streams. Instagram Facebook He’s got a bunch of songs on Youtube
The Vancouver Canada based country artist first experienced success charting singles up north in Canada. The artist was a semi-finalist in SiriusXM’s Top of The Country 2018 competition. Since then, he’s signed to Steelhead Music (through Sony Music Canada). Oh. He released a single “What Do I Know” in 2019 written by Adam Hambrick, American Idol 15 winner Trent Harmon and Paul Digiovanni. Website Instagram Facebook Youtube
The Forty-seven year old Canadian singer-songwriter released her first album, When You Can Fly, in 2009. She was a staff songwriter for a couple of Nashville outfits, where she wrote songs for Jessica Simpson, Sara Evans, and Johnny Reid. She co-wrote “Hold On” for the Breakthrough movie soundtrack, sung by Mickey Guyton. Additionally, she wrote the song “City of Dreams” in the wake of the 2010 Nashville floods. Over 40 Nashville artists and musicians recorded the song to benefit flood relief. In a Moth Story Slam Victoria shares about tough times, including her mother’s suicide and struggles with infertility. Website Wikipedia Instagram Facebook Youtube
Songland episode 6 featuring Florida Georgia Line airs on NBC Monday, May 18 at 10 pm ET/PT right after The Voice final performance episode.