Songland returned to NBC for Season 2 on April 13 with songwriting mentors Shane McAnally, Ester Dean and Ryan Tedder, as well as guest artists Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum.
The songwriting competition gives four songwriters the chance to have one of their original tunes produced by a mentor and recorded by the guest artists. The episode’s winning song, “Champagne Night,” was penned by songwriter Madeline Merlo, as well as Shane and Lady A.
“Songland was one of the most incredible and inspiring experiences,” says Merlo. “The knowledge I obtained throughout is invaluable, and the opportunity to work with such seasoned and decorated songwriters is something I won’t ever forget. As a young songwriter in this business, I felt so validated and honored by this experience. Lady Antebellum was so kind and gracious to me, and it was incredibly cool to be able to pitch a song to a band that I admire so much. I made lifelong friends, grew as a writer all while getting to share my vocals and songwriting abilities on network television.”
Season 2 of Songland features guest recording artists Boyz II Men, Florida Georgia Line, Luis Fonsi, H.E.R., Martina McBride, Julia Michaels, Ben Platt, Bebe Rexha and Usher.
Watch Lady Antebellum’s new video for “Champagne Night” below.