If you listen to country radio you’ve likely heard the musical stylings of Shane McAnally. The Texas native has helped pen many of the genre’s biggest hits, including songs for Sam Hunt, Kenny Chesney, Kacey Musgraves, Luke Bryan, Brothers Osborne, The Band Perry and so many others.
His songwriting expertise will be highlighted in a new songwriting competition show heading to NBC, reports Music Row. According to the publication McAnally will join forces with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, recording artist Charlie Puth and songwriter Ester Dean on the first episode of Songland, a series that offers undiscovered songwriters a chance to write a huge hit.
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It’s been 3 years since I first got a call about possibly being a part of a new show that would champion unknown songwriters and give them a chance of getting their songs heard and recorded by superstar artists…I loved the concept instantly and am so proud to say that 3 years later…we are greenlit!! I get to help make some huge dreams come true as a judge/mentor on @nbcsongland with my friends @esterdean & @ryantedder & the first episode features the BRILLIANT @charlieputh !! This is the brainchild of and is executive produced by @davestewarteurythmics @adamlevine @audreyhmorrissey @ivansky70 – for submissions please go to songlandcasting.com
“Songwriters shape the anthems and tell the stories of each generation, and now we’re pulling back the curtain on the collaborative process and opening the door for new talent to emerge,” said Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio. “While filming our first episode, the excitement was palpable as we witnessed the creative direction of our panelists transform and elevate the music right before our eyes. Without a doubt, Songland will inspire music lovers and give us all a greater appreciation for the songs we love.”
Each of the 11 episodes will offer five contestants the opportunity to work with producers and artists on new music. A winner will be chosen from each episode and will have his or her song released as an artist’s next single.
Songland is executive produced by Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart.
Those interested in applying to the show can sign up at songlandcasting.com.