The hour-long episode introduced four different artists — Able Heart, Remmi (Rachel Smith), Rynn (Kathryn Kempthorn) and Ori Dulitzki — who each pitched (and performed) some of their best original tracks to not only the JoBros, but also producer-mentors Ryan Tedder (One Republic), Ester Dean and Shane McAnally.
Although the Jonas Brothers chose Heart’s “Greenlight,” Rynn’s track still received tons of love from fans all over the Internet and even had McAnally saying it was one of his favorite songs he’s ever worked on.
Rynn told us all about her experience on the show via a special guest blog that you can read below. New episodes of Songland air on Tuesdays @ 10/9c on NBC.
Last year, I heard about a new TV show called Songland, where songwriters compete to have one of their own songs recorded and released by an A-list artist. After I submitted my song, I didn’t think too much of it – I didn’t want to get my hopes up.
A few months later when I was with my family in Ohio, I received a call that my song had been chosen by the Songland casting team and they would be flying me to LA to start filming. I found out the guest artist on my episode was going to be the Jonas Brothers. As a kid, I grew up watching the Jonas Brothers on Disney Channel and I can remember riding in the backseat of my parents car listening to “Lovebug” on repeat.
Songland could not have been a more positive experience. Although the show is ultimately a competition, it feels more like a celebration of songs. Singing one of my original songs for the Jonas Brothers was so surreal. I was impressed when Nick started to play some of my song back on piano with his own spin on it. In all my interactions with Nick, Joe, and Kevin, they were amazingly kind. It’s awesome to see artists of such a massive caliber also be such genuinely nice human beings.
I don’t know what my future holds after Songland, but for now I can say that being a part of the show has been the best experience of my life.