'Songland': Here are the four songwriters competing to be will.i.am's choice for the next hit song
With just one episode done the series already has fans and viewers hooked to it. Here's what you need to know about the four contestants who will be battling it out this week.
Over the years there have been various competitions for singers like 'American Idol', 'The Voice', 'America's Got Talent' etc... But there was never really a standout show for songwriters.
To change that former, 'The Voice' coach Adam Levine decided to start a competition solely for songwriters. And after months of anticipation and excitement 'Songland', a new reality TV competition series created for songwriters premiered on NBC.
With just one episode done the series already has fans and viewers hooked to it. 'Songland' revolves around budding songwriters and gives them a chance to perform their original song for featured artistes who appear in each episode. Some of the artistes include John Legend, Jonas Brothers, will.i.am, Meghan Trainor, Kelsea Ballerini and many more.
'Songland' invites four/five songwriters who compete with each other hoping to be the one picked by the featured artiste. Three songwriters with the best original song will be chosen to work with either of the three mentors/judges - Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean, and Shane McAnally.
Once they are done working with their mentors, they will perform their finetuned song once again for the featured artiste who in the end will pick one song as the winner and record it as their own.
'The Voice' judge and EGOT winner John Legend was the featured artiste on the show's season premiere and he chose Tebby Burrows' 'We Need Love.' This week Black Eyed Peas' frontman and award-winning singer, will.i.am will be the featured artiste.
Though we have no idea what the four contestants will be performing, we do know who they are. So while we wait in anticipation for the series to air on Tuesday night, here's what you need to know about the four contestants who will be battling it out for a chance hoping that will.i.am will choose their song.
Josh Logan is from Chester, NY but is now based in Los Angeles. He is a songwriter for all genres and two of his recent songwriting credits include Jana Kramer's country radio single 'Beautiful Lies', and JYYE's EDM single on Tiësto's label 'Reason'. Additionally Josh is a pop-country artist who has written songs with artists including Brett Young, Michael Ray, Lauren Alaina, LOCASH, and more.
Charisma Dixon is a 19-year-old singer and songwriter who is originally from India but currently lives in Los Angeles. Her website claims that she is dubbed in an Urban/Pop Category and has toured in the US, India and Australia. Dixon also recently opened for singer Mike Posner. Her website also states that she was nominated for the 57th Grammy Awards but it is not yet what category she was nominated under. Currently, Dixon is working with 9-time Grammy Award winning production team at 1500 Or Nothin'. Dixon has also worked with artistes like Snoop Dogg, Usher and has been in the studio with songwriter Max Martin who has written for famous singers like Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd.
Ray Goren is an 18-year-old singer, songwriter and explosive multi-instrumentalist who hails from Los Angeles. According to his website, Goren is rooted in rock, hip-hop, and rap. Ray is a solo artiste who plays the guitar, synthesizer, drums, and piano. Most of his songs are made on a guitar and piano foundation. Gorean was recently selected by JAMMCard as one among their '20 Under 20' artists. Recently he also released a new single called 'New Beginning.'
Appearing on 'Songland', is definitely not Adam Friedman's first time on the small screen. Friedman hails from Arizona but currently lives in Los Angeles. And just like Dixon, Friedman also has a connection with Mike Poser. He released a song titled Lemonade that features the Grammy award nominated artiste. Friedman was chosen as Elvis Duran's 'Artist of the Month' after Lemonade was released. He also performed it on NBC Today. Apart from that Friedman also appeared on 'The Bachelor' and performed a song on 'The Bachelor.'
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