Songwriter Shane McAnally Signs on for NBC Songwriting Competition Series

Songland will give undiscovered songwriters the chance to pen a huge hit.

Written by Lauren Laffer
Songwriter Shane McAnally Signs on for NBC Songwriting Competition Series
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Shane McAnally attends the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Emma Mcintyre/ACMA2018/Getty Images for ACM)

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.

“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