“Hart of Dixie” TV series to feature songs by Shantell Ogden

by Dave Carew

Big-time congratulations to talented singer-songwriter Shantell Ogden, who just learned that four of her country songs will be featured on five episodes of the CW’s popular TV series Hart of Dixie.  The songs are “Me Before You,” “Great American Song,” “Little By Little,” and “Put it in Drive.”

“I was jumping up and down when I heard the news,” Shantell told Underground Nashville. “It’s the first time songs of mine will be featured on TV, and I love the characters and storyline of Hart of Dixie!”

Shantell wrote the songs with longtime friends and collaborators Bill DiLuigi and Marcum Stewart. The songs were recorded in Nashville at Station West Studios by Marcum Stewart and Andrea Villarreal (Acklen Park), but (with the exception of “Great American Song”) were never released.

“It’s amazing to see the journey a song takes,” said Shantell. “When we were writing the songs, none of us ever imagined they would end up on TV. We were just writing from our hearts, the best songs we could in that session. I’m very blessed to work with Bill and Marcum as writers and friends.”

Hart of Dixie follows the journey of Zoe Hart, a fast-talking New Yorker surgeon turned small-town doctor played by Rachel Bilson. The show is set in the picturesque town of Blue Bell, Alabama—making Shantell’s country songs an ideal musical backdrop.

Shantell will announce the episode air dates on her FaceBook and Twitter pages.

For more information, please visit ShantellOgden.com.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.


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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

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