It’s the finale with OneRepublic! But don’t worry, it’s only over for now because the show has been renewed for season 2.

Tonight, Ryan Tedder moves to the artist seat to find a hit for his band, OneRepublic. In his place as a mentor/producer is Jason Evigan, the hitmaker behind Maroon 5’s “What Lovers Do” and “Girls Like You,” Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack,” and Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty.”

Here’s how it all went down on the Songland finale!

JT Roach

To kick off the night, we have JT Roach, a singer-songwriter born in Madison, Wisconsin to an Irish-Catholic family. While JT is an indie-folk artist himself, he has written for acts like Jason Derulo and Krewella. He quit his job to pursue music and hopes this will be his big break.

JT’s song, “Somebody to Love,” is a heartbreak song. And he does the song justice with his performance! It is chill, with lyrics about someone he loved finding another love interest, but has some oomph in the chorus. His smooth falsetto and the catchy melody stand out as well. OneRepublic says “wow…that’s powerful” right after his performance. Ryan Tedder says it’s “familiar in the best way” and even sings the tune himself. Is it too soon to say this is the winner? Cause it’s seeming like that’s the case here. JT will be working with Shane McAnally and it’s their competition to lose.


Second to perform was MADI (who has now stylized her name to Maedi on Instagram). Her actual name is Madison Yanofsky and she is a 26-year-old singer-songwriter from Burlington, Vermont. She is now based in LA and works as a waitress.

Her song, “Darkest Days,” is about loneliness. MADI’s voice is beautiful and I’m instantly hearing this as an EDM track with her as the featured artist. Ryan says he loves the melody but Jason wants the post-chorus to become a big “moment” so he can feel more pain. It sounds like OneRepublic wants to make this either more dance-y or more sad too, since it’s riding somewhere between the two. MADI was paired with Ester Dean, who is the perfect producer to re-work this song.

Tyler James Bellinger

Jersey singer-songwriter, Tyler James Bellinger, was up next. He works part time at his dad’s paving company. Tyler wrote his song, “Giving You Up,” for his partner. The lyrics are about not giving up on a loved one, despite their imperfections. …read more

Source:: Daily Times


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‘Songland’ Finale Recap: Ryan Tedder Finds OneRepublic’s Next #1 Hit

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