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H.E.R., Usher & Boyz II Men join season two of ‘Songland’ to find hit songs


Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BETWhat makes a great song?  If you ask H.E.R., its “Something that’s unforgettable. Songland is the place to find those records.”

H.E.R., Usher and Boyz II Men are among the new group of artists searching for the next undiscovered songwriter to write their next hit in an exclusive first-look clip of the competition series, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

Songland premiered last May, giving viewers an up-close look at the songwriting process.  The first season produced tracks like John Legend’s “We Need Love,” Black Eyed Peas “Be Nice“, and other singles that shot up the charts.

In season two, each week will see talented songwriters sharing their songs with multi-Grammy-winning producer-panelists Ester DeanRyan Tedde, and Shane McAnally, in hopes of having their song performed by some of the biggest stars in music.

“I’ve been writing for 20 years. This is actually my real life. We got to share what we do, our creative side, with the world,” Dean shares in the clip.

Dean is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter/producer, having penned tracks for Beyoncé, Usher, RihannaNicki Minaj, Chris Brown, and Teyana Taylor‘s debut, “Google Me.”  Tedder is the lead singer of OneRepublic and also producws tracks for Beyoncé, as well as Adele and Leona Lewis. McAnally is a country singer-songwriter who’s worked with Lady AntebellumKelly Clarkson and country superstar Reba McEntire, to name a few. 

Songland returns April 13 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

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