Once upon a time, I spent many days inside a recording studio as a fly on the wall listening to the songwriting, recording, and production process. Those days are over — but NBC’s Songland has provided a surrogate experience, as unknown songwriters looking for a break pitch their tune to some of the most successful artists in the business.
With a little help from an A-list songwriting panel — Ester Dean, Shane McAnally, and Ryan Tedder — the show has managed to churn out number one hits for the artists that participate, and the season two premiere delivered the goods with Lady Antebellum.
Watch below to see Madeline Merlo’s “Champagne Night” clinch the win. Merlo was teamed with lyricist-wiz Shane McAnally who was so damn good Ryan Tedder tossed his notepad mid-song, as he realized there was no longer a competition.