The Talent Recap Show: Who Is The Best ‘Songland’ Producer?

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On this week’s action-packed episode of our Songland recap show, Kyle and Lauren ask the question: if you could be on Songland or wjust write a song, which producer would you wish to produce that song?


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We know after talking to some of the contestants that you don’t get to pick which producer you work with on the show. Hell, you apparently don’t even know which artist you are pitching your song to until you are standing in front of them. In this week’s episode it was all about finding the right song, not just for Aloe Blacc, but also for the next Fast and Furious movie Hobbs and Shaw. You know the stakes are high if the song could underscore a scene with The Rock beating the hell out of some people. What could be more important to get right than that?

Who Are The ‘Songland’ Producers?

1) Ester Dean

Ester is a Grammy Award-nominated songwriter, producer, singer and actress. She’s what’s known in the industry as a hit-makers, and she’s responsible for many hits, including Katy Perry’s “Firework”, Rihanna “Rude Boy”, Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass”, Kelly Clarkson’s “Mr. Know It All” and Selena’s “Come & Get It”. You can read more about Ester’s career here

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Trae Patton/NBC ‘Songland’ producer Ester Dean

2) Shane Mcanally

McAnally is a three-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and record producer with countless #1 singles in his bag. He co-produced Kacey Musgraves’ 2012 debut album “Same Trailer Different Park” which earned him the Grammy for Best Country Album, and then “Pageant Material in 2015. and most recently “Space Cowboy,” which won Best Country Song at the Grammys.


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NBC ‘Songland’ producer Shane Mcanally

He’s also produced for Sam Hun, Old Dominion, Midland, Walker Hayes and many more. McAnally arranged and produced the his collaboration song “Forever Country,” which featured Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and more. It was #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. You can read more about Shane here.

3) Ryan Tedder

Ryan is the singer/songwriter and lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-nominated OneRepublic band. The band’s debut album was “Dreaming Out Loud,” in 2007 then “Waking Up” in 2009 , “Native” in 2013, “Counting Stars”, “Oh My My” in 2016 and “Start Again (ft. Logic) in 2018. These albums include multiple hit songs.  You can read more about Ryan here.

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NBC ‘Songland’ producer Ryan Tedder

Which Songland Producer Would You Pick?

Kyle and Lauren recap the show but they also discuss who they would pick if they could pick a mentor for themselves if they were on Songland. Lauren picked Ester Dean which would totally make sense. Ester Dean could match Lauren’s energy. But Kyle, always the ambitious one, went with Ryan Tedder. That guy is a hit making factory and Kyle wants to make that paper too, son. Too bad neither is a songwriter, although I hear that Kyle is a mean karaoke singer.


Who would you pick to be your producer if you had that choice and were on Songland? Let us know in the video comments above or on this page below – #choices.

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