Here’s What Adam Levine Thinks about His New Show ‘Songland’
Even though he recently shocked fans by leaving “The Voice,” Adam Levine didn’t go too far, as he announced his own reality competition series “Songland,” this time serving as an executive producer.
40-year-old singer Adam Levine just launched a new project inspired by “The Voice” but with a focus in songwriters instead of performers, with the goal of getting them to work with producers and famous singers to fish for the next hit song.
“Songland” will air on NBC just like “The Voice,” but unlike the latter, it will not feature voting from the audience or live performances. Levine will be in charge but is not going to appear onscreen.
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About 8 years ago, Mark Burnett convinced us to sign up for this show where you sit in a big red chair with your back turned away from the singers on the stage. First thank you must go to Mark. ❤️ We had no idea what we were doing or where it was going. After the first day of shooting, I sat there, stunned. I said to myself “theres some magic here. Something is definitely happening.” It went on to be a life shaping experience that will be close to my heart forever. Thank you NBC for signing me up. I am truly honored to have been a part of something I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you to every single coach I ever sat in those chairs with. That is shared experience that is singularly ours. We have that for life. Thank you to everyone who supported this long strange and amazing left turn into a place I never thought I’d go. Thank you Carson Daly for babysitting the musicians and making sure our shoes were tied and we had our lunch boxes. You are the backbone of this thing and we appreciate you more than you know. Audrey, thank you for being perhaps the most patient person in all the free world. 4 musicians all at once is a lot. Sainthood is imminent. Thank you to Paul Mirkovich and the band for their ridiculously hard work and learning more songs than maybe any band ever. 😂 Thank you to the people behind the scenes who do the real work and make this machine hum. To the amazingly talented vocalists who competed on the show and blew my mind on a daily basis. And, BLAKE FUCKIN’ SHELTON. I couldn’t hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously. I tried. Can’t do it. Our friendship is and always will be one for the books. Whatever this whole surreal experience was, Im just happy I got to experience it with you. You’re my brother for life. Kelly and John, take care of the cowboy and I’m sure I’ll be back to say hi very very soon. So much love to you both. And lastly, to all of the loyal voice fans, there’s literally no show without you guys. For me, it was time to move on. Your support has meant EVERYTHING. And Lastly, I’d like to thank my manager Jordan for convincing me to take that meeting. 😊 What an amazing ride. Thank you all so much. ❤️ Adam
EXCITED ABOUT HIS NEW SHOW
"It's so authentic. It's a fascinating look into how it goes down, and I can assure you that is how it goes down. At least major aspects of it are represented on the show, and it's amazing," Levine told ET.
"It's very real. It's very special, because there's really nothing like it, and I think people are going to really enjoy it because they've never seen it from this particular angle before," the Maroon 5 singer added.
Renowned producers Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean, and Shane McAnally will collaborate with songwriter contestants week after week, with famous guest artists making appearances as well.
Singer John Legend, who joined “The Voice” as a coach in the recently finished season of the series, the last one on which Levine took part before his exit, will be the first guest artist on “Songland.”
"Although he is passionate about the new show, staying behind the scenes will allow him to arrange his time in order to fulfill his many responsibilities, as bandleader and family man."
"They had some songwriters come in and pitch me songs. We worked with the songwriters to kind of hone the songs, and then I picked a final song to record and I can't wait for everyone to hear it. I thought it came out great," Legend said.
RECOGNIZING THE WORK OF SONGWRITERS
Levine is very proud of the project, and he thinks it is important to recognize the work on songwriters and remind the consumers of the music where it all starts.
"I think that shedding light on who the songwriter is in all of this is a really fascinating thing,” Levine, himself a songwriter, shared.
“I don't think people understand what it's like being a songwriter, what they go through, what their process is, how they do it, the process of them finding an artist to connect it to -- which is something that was relatively new for me," he said.
"I didn't really go there until halfway through our fourth album or something, then I started collaborating on stuff. But once I started delving into it, I realized this is an amazing world and it's a beautiful way to shed light on that process that almost nobody sees," he defended.
BUSY ARTIST AND FAMILY MAN
Although he is passionate about the new show, staying behind the scenes will allow him to arrange his time in order to fulfill his many responsibilities, as bandleader and family man.
Levine shares two children with his 31-year-old wife fashion model Behati Prinsloo. Married since 2014, the two are parents of daughters Gio Grace (1) and Dusty Rose (2), and while they want to keep expanding the family, they haven’t reached an agreement on exactly how many other children they would like.
“Adam, yeah, he wants five. I thought I wanted five, but now I think maybe three or four would be good,” Prinsloo shared in a recent appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”