NBC’s new show, Songland, premieres next week! Songland highlights the songwriting experience like no show has before. These up-and-coming, but relatively unknown, songwriters pitch their songs to some of the biggest names in the industry. They are also mentored by music’s hottest songwriters!
But who are these songwriters? Here are some of the talented writers we’ll see competing for an artist like the Jonas Brothers, John Legend, or Meghan Trainor to sing their song.
Katelyn Tarver is a 29-year-old actress and singer from Glennville, Georgia. She is best known for her roles on Big Time Rush, No Ordinary Family, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. But none of these were her first time on the small screen! Katelyn was a contestant on American Juniors, a spin-off of American Idol for younger singers. Though she did not win, she has continued her music career since then. Katelyn has released two EPs and a number of singles, including “Love Me Again” and “You Don’t Know,” featured in the video above.
Darius Coleman is a singer and songwriter from Philadelphia. He has previously written for FOX’s Empire! Darius is an R&B/gospel/Christian artist who describes himself as “feel-good, energetic, and refreshing.” He is currently working with Timbaland and other major producers in the music industry, according to his SoundCloud.
Sam DeRosa is a pop music artist and songwriter. She has released a few of her own pop songs you can find on her YouTube channel. Sam is signed to Warner/Chappell Music now with a #1 alternative radio single “Broken,” performed by lovelytheband.
Charisma moved from India to LA to pursue her dream of working in music. She She is a singer-songwriter who grew up singing in church. She started writing inspirational songs as a teenager with her brother and hasn’t looked back since. Charisma says her musical influences are LORDE, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, BORNS and (of course) Michael Jackson.
Tebby was born in Miami and raised on the island of Nassau in The Bahamas. She fell in love with music at a young age. She starting playing guitar and songwriting at 12 years old! Tebby has opened for Joss Stone and performed at B.B. Kings in New York. She has even released a song featuring Jeremih!
Songland starts next Wednesday at 10pm ET on NBC, directly following AGT.