On January 21 the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., debuted Songbook, a new scripted/reality online series created by author Marc Tyler Nobleman.
In the three-episode season, available on the Kennedy Center’s YouTube channel and website each episode follows one selected middle school student who has prepared an original poem based on a book. They each meet with musician Randy Preston to set their poem to music. Viewers follow along with their collaborative process, which includes songwriting tips, surprise appearances, and a final performance in front of a live audience.
Vaughn Ryan Midder is the show’s comedic host, Nobleman is creator, writer, producer, and director, and authors Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess are executive producers.
Songbook is a part of the Kennedy Center’s Digital Stage, a hub of Kennedy Center performances and original series for all ages. For more information about Songbook, click here.