ABC's Music Lounge Features Original Song 'What If I Was Willing'
ABC Music Lounge's "Nashville"-inspired docu-web series, "On the Record," is live at www.abc.com/musiclounge with the original song, "What If I Was Willing" written by Brian Davis, Randy Montana and Billy Montana and performed by Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott and again separately by Chris Carmack as Will Lexington. The song is available on iTunes and ABC.com/MusicLounge and is featured in this week's episode of "Nashville," WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Set in a beautiful barn just outside of Nashville, this week's "On the Record: What If I Was Willing," goes behind the scenes for a special acoustic performance with songwriters Brian Davis, Randy Montana and Billy Montana, and later into the studio with acclaimed producer Michael Knox (Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson). Interviews with the songwriters, "Nashville's" creator/executive producer, CALLIE KHOURI and Chris Carmack (Will Lexington), further acknowledge the extraordinary collaboration that went into creating this week's featured song.
"A lot of times a song, if you let it - it will take you where you're supposed to go and it was one of those moments... All of us kind of zoned in on exactly what we needed and it just wrote itself," shared Davis.
"I heard that song and just flipped. I loved it," said Khouri.
"I had the privilege of cutting a couple things on the show last year and the producers called me this year and wanted to know if I wanted to be a part of it. It's a great experience and I loved the cast that I got to record with," added Michael Knox.
All original music is released by ABC Studios, Lionsgate and ABC Music Lounge in association with Big Machine Records.
"On the Record" is a documentary web series that follows the life of original songs performed on "Nashville" written by singer/songwriters in the music scene, from the songs' inception to on-air premiere. The series offers an intimate look into the songwriting process, from guitar demo to music video and all the steps in between.
"Nashville" stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, ERIC CLOSE as Teddy Conrad, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, CLARE BOWEN as Scarlett O'Connor, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad.
"Nashville" is executive-produced by Dee Johnson ("Boss," "The Good Wife), R.J. Cutler ("The September Issue," "The War Room," "A Perfect Candidate"), CALLIE KHOURI ("Thelma & Louise") and Steve Buchanan. The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios, and Opry Entertainment, and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with 5.1 channel surround sound.
ABC Music Lounge, which launched in May 2009 on ABC.com, provides users with an interactive online music experience that is uniquely ABC. Reflective of the network's commitment to using digital platforms to deepen its relationship with viewers, the ABC Music Lounge showcases everything about the music and artists featured on ABC's popular Primetime schedule, offering a deep catalog of music-related content that includes "Body of Proof," "Castle," "Dancing with the Stars," "Grey's Anatomy," "Revenge" and "Once Upon a Time," among others. Visitors to the site can get access to exclusive weekly free downloads. ABC Music Lounge is home to music videos, exclusive performance footage, photos and behind-the-scenes interviews with artists, series producers and music supervisors.
Big Machine Records is the leading independent Nashville-based record label home to superstars such as Taylor Swift, Tim McGRaw and Rascal Flatts.