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Ryan Cambetes writes and performs under the stage name Ryan Cam.

Ryan Cambetes, a singer-songwriter from Leesburg, will pitch an original song on NBC's reality music program "Songland" during its second-season finale Monday night.

Cambetes, who writes and performs under the stage name Ryan Cam, taught himself to play piano while attending the 10th grade at Tuscarora High School, according to a press release.

During his studies at James Madison University a few years later, Cambetes ran a videography company and discovered a knack for audio software when selecting songs to use in his finished products.

He launched a SoundCloud page not long after and has since released more than 30 songs, some of which have racked up as many as 10,000 or 20,000 hits on that platform and more than 500,000 plays on Spotify.

"Songland" lets undiscovered songwriters pitch original music to high-profile producers and recording artists. In its first season the show produced seven tracks that topped the iTunes charts.

On Monday's episode, Cambetes and other competitors will pitch a song to eight-time Grammy-winning artist Usher and a panel of three successful writer-producers.

At the end of the episode, one song will be chosen for Usher to record and release globally.

The second-season finale of "Songland" will air at 10 p.m.

(3) comments


talent, brains and looks, you could go far! Best of Luck

Dr Jamal Cornelius

How exciting!


Congrats to Ryan. Great show - we will be watching. So nice to see an article about people who are working to make their lives better by creating something instead of threatening to tear something down. :-)

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