Get ready for Songland, a new NBC show that’s being executive-produced by Adam Levine.
The 11-episode series also has Eurythmics member Dave Stewart on board as an executive producer, and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder as a producer. The show is designed to give up-and-coming songwriters a chance to get their works heard and recorded by top music stars.
In each episode, five songwriters will play their original compositions in front of three famous music producers and a top recording artist. After the performances, the recording artist will pick three songwriters and pair them each with a producer. The songwriter and producers will then work together to create the best song, and at the end of the episode, the winner’s song will be recorded and released as the artist’s next single.
Adam’s friend Charlie Puth will be the recording artist in the first episode (which was filmed in early April), and the producers will be Ryan, Grammy-nominated songwriter Ester Dean and hit-making country songwriter Shane McAnally.
“As a songwriter, I am all too familiar with the challenges that face the music community today,” Adam Levine explains. “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.”
OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder got his start in the business by winning a MTV-sponsored music competition, so it’s no surprise he likes to be involved in music competition shows. It’s just been announced that he’ll return as a mentor and producer for season two of the Canadian series The Launch.
Ryan was involved with the show’s first season, each episode of which features five emerging artists who all vie to be the one to learn, record, and perform an original song by a famous songwriter and producer. The song that Ryan created for season one, “Ain’t Easy,” went platinum. He’s coming back for season two, and Sarah McLachlan has also joined as a mentor/producer for the new season.
Record executive Scott Borchetta, whose main claim to fame is signing Taylor Swift, is the show’s executive producer and is also the main on-camera music industry figure on The Launch. The show begins production on its second season September 26 in Toronto.
In a statement, Borchetta said, “Ryan is coming back and is so fired up about producing another Launch winner. Sarah McLachlan will be amazing to work with…LET’S. ROCK. THE. LAUNCH. S2!”