Singer-songwriter and Houston native, Olivia Lane pitched her song “Perfect Skin” to featured artist, Leona Lewis last night on NBC’s Songland. Her song, however, was not chosen to record. Lewis instead selected “Solo Quiero (Somebody To Love)”, written by Rozee.
“Perfect Skin” made significant changes from when she first presented it to Leona and the producers. It started as a slow, piano ballad but after working in the studio with Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer, Ester Dean, the song transformed into an up-tempo, EDM song. You can watch her Songland performance here!
“When your scars are who you are / and your flaws are where you’ve been / You’re beautiful / You don’t have to have perfect skin”
“I got to Nashville in 2013 and played every possible gig that I could,” Lane recalled. “I wasn’t taking care of myself, I wasn’t feeling beautiful, I wasn’t feeling strong and was just kind of defeated, so I wrote this song,” Lane explained. “A lot of people struggle with self-image, so to have great, positive message to little girls, big girls; this song is perfect for Leona and just perfect for the world right now,” Dean praised.
We got to know Lane better when she was featured in one of our Swag Sessions in October of last year. You can tell by the way she presented herself on Songland that she is very passionate about music and songwriting. When Lewis chose her song to move onto the next portion of the show, Lane displayed the most ecstatic look on her face, skipped/danced off stage and screamed in excitement when the door closed behind her.
Songland gives four songwriters the opportunity to enjoy the spotlight for a change, allowing them to pitch their song to already established artists, like Leona Lewis. It demonstrates the long, complicated process that is involved with songwriting.
Although you will not hear Lewis’ rendition of “Perfect Skin”, you can listen to Lane’s original version anywhere you buy or stream music as well as other tracks by Lane, including her most recent EP, The One.
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