Who Is ‘Songland’ Winner Darius Coleman?

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What are the perfect ingredients to a hit song? Thanks to NBC’s Songland America will finally find out.

The networks latest hit show has brought forth a series of bops that fans just can’t get enough of! Most recently, Better Luck Next Time by Darius Coleman.


So who is NBC’s latest lyrical genius? TalentRecap sat down with the singer/songwriter to get the full scoop!

Prior to his appearance on Songland Darius fell on difficult times. The Philadelphia native was actually couch surfing at the time he found out he was going to be on the show! Darius is living proof that you can always make your dreams come true no matter the circumstance.

Singing back up for Kanye West? Check. Singing back up for The Voice’s John Legend? Check. Besides being a talented lyricist Darius is already performing in the big leagues! According to Revolt, Darius also wrote for FOX’s hit musical series, Empire.

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Songlands mentor/producers (Ryan Tedder, Shane McAnally, and Ester Dean) set out to find a hit single for country superstar, Kelsea Ballerini. Inspired by heartache, Better Luck Next Time literally made Kelsea melt into her chair.

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Secondly, the ballad impressed the producers and was chosen as Kelsea’s next single.

Darius dreamed of working with One Republic’s Ryan Tedder, and Songland turned that dream into a reality! Tedder and Coleman spiffed up the hit with an electric guitar and tweaked the song to fit Kelsea’s chops.

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Darius gushed about bridging the gap and breaking down societal norms as an African-American male writing for a female country superstar.

Life After ‘Songland’

So what’s next for Darius?

Darius is in the studio creating his own sound. Most recently, Darius dropped his new single HighOfU and we can expect more music in the summer.

Coleman also has a creative company with his family called Norththirteenth, which was named after his grandmothers address. This young artist knows that the sky is the limit, and plans to stop at nothing to continue to bring good music to the ears of our nation!

Songland airs on Tuesday nights at 10PM. Check out the interview below.


Lauren Ashley Beck
Lauren Ashley Beck

Lauren Ashley Beck is a writer and host for Talent Recap. Our resident “Survivor,” Lauren landed in LA by way of Michigan. She is a communications graduate with a passion for storytelling, hosting, and people. When she’s not working, you can catch Lauren watching true crime shows and eating an entire bag of hot Cheetos.

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