The ’90s R&B-channeling powers of rising Seattle star Parisalexa will soon be exposed to a much wider audience. The 20-year-old Redmond singer is set to appear in an upcoming NBC reality show, “Songland.”
The new music-competition series, aimed at finding “the next generation of hit songwriters,” is executive produced by a hopefully shirted Adam Levine and “The Voice” producer Audrey Morrissey, among others, and premieres May 28.
In each episode, five up-and-coming songwriters square off for the chance to work with established producers to create a song for a big-name special guest artist. Guest stars include Charlie Puth, the Jonas Brothers, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, will.i.am, Kelsea Ballerini and another familiar Seattle face, Macklemore.
According to Variety, the aspiring songwriters will perform their original tunes for the panel of producer/songwriters and guest artists, with the top three advancing to hit the studio with one of the producers to work on the track. Ultimately, the winning songwriter will have his or her song recorded by one of the guest artists.
A new trailer for the series, which you can view below, briefly shows Parisalexa writing in a notebook and bopping on the in-studio stage. No word on whether she and her more famous Seattle counterpart cross paths on camera.
“This show is giving songwriters a real opportunity to pitch their songs,” says Jonas bro No. 2, Joe, in the trailer.
While Parisalexa is gaining steam as a solo act — topping The Seattle Times’ 2018 critics poll and earning a national look from NPR, which premiered her latest piano ballad “Water Me” — she’s also explored writing for other artists during trips to Los Angeles.
It seems good things are on the horizon for the hometown talent.