Martina McBride was the featured artist on this week’s episode of the songwriting-focused competition show Songland and selected the track “Girls Like Me” to record.

Songland brings in up-and-coming songwriters to pitch their compositions to superstar artists from across the genre spectrum. After one writer is eliminated, the remaining three work with the show’s panel of producers, including Nashville’s Shane McAnally, to fine-tune their tracks before one final pitch.

20 year-old songwriter Halie (full name: Halie Wooldridge) worked with hitmaker Ester Dean to refine “Girls Like Me.” Halle moved to Nashville in 2018; she originally co-wrote the song with Dan Swank, Lexi Lauren and her brother, Michael Tyler, a 22-year-old songwriter and artist who has written, among other songs, Dierks Bentley’s hit “Somewhere on a Beach.”

McBride’s Songland episode was filmed pre-coronavirus pandemic, but she recorded the final version of the song after safer-at-home orders took effect.   You can take a listen to McBride’s “Girls Like Me” at the link here.

Martina McBride’s “Girls Like Me” Speaks for Itself


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