Songland 2 Spoilers H.E.R. Episode: Meet the Songwriters

SONGLAND -- "H.E.R." Episode 203 -- Pictured: (l-r) Shane McAnally, H.E.R., Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
Pictured: (l-r) Shane McAnally, H.E.R., Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Songland season 2 continues with guest artist R&B singer-songwriter and guitarist, H.E.R. Helping the Grammy winning artist find the next great song among four undiscovered songwriters will be returning cast members including Ryan Tedder, Shane McAnally and Ester Dean. In the episode, the team will help the fledgeling tunesmiths shape and produce their songs for a final performance in front of the artist, who will choose the winning song to record.

This week’s aspiring songwriters include a former The Voice contestant, and a popular Canadian pop singer, who had a bad moment singing her native National Anthem.

Upcoming artists featured in season 2 include: Boyz II MenFlorida Georgia Line, Martina McBride, Julia Michaels, Ben Platt, Bebe Rexha and Usher.

Check out this week’s Songland emerging songwriters 

  • Raquel Castro – Remember Raquel? She was a contestant on the inaugural season of The Voice back in 2011. A member of Team Christina Aguilera, the singer was eliminated in the semifinals (Top 8). But you may also recognize Raquel from her movie in TV work. She starred with Jennifer Lopez, and Ben Affleck in the Kevin Smith movie Jersey Girl in 2004. She also appeared in TV shows Third Watch and SUV: Special Victims Unit. She also played Marisol on 6 episodes of the FOX drama Empire in 2015. Check out her Website YouTube Facebook Instagram
  • Axel Mansoor – Axel is a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter who had a major sync on the soap opera, General Hospital, which led to a Daytime Emmy nomination for Best Original Song in a Drama. His debut song “Wasted My Love” released in 2017, reached #5 on Spotify’s US Viral 50 chart. Following singles included “Talk To Me” was accompanied by an vertical music video that premiered on BuzzFeed’s Snapchat Discover channel. Axel’s Website Instagram Facebook Youtube OnesToWatch.
  • MILLY – She got her start singing gospel songs as a teenager.  The San Antonio native talks to the San Antonio Express-News about appearing on Songland. She attended the University of Texas at San Antonio for three years before leaving for a nanny job that took her “all over the world.” In the piece, Milly says that it wasn’t until Songland that she performed her own music. “And I did it on national TV,” she said. “That was huge for me. I was just used to cutting sessions and sending vocals out. Just performing (on the show), it was a huge milestone I was able to cross.” 
  • Jocelyn Alice – Canadian singer-songwriter, was a runner-up on Canadian Popstars at 16. She began performing as a solo artist in 2015 releasing her summer single “Jackpot,” which eventually certified platinum in the country. In December 2015, Alice signed a record deal with Sony affiliate Disruptor Records, where she has teamed up with producer Ryan Guldemond. She released her debut EP Little Devil in 2018. In 2017, she giggled during a rendition of O Canada prior to the MLB All-Star Game in Miami. Needless to say, it caused quite a stir. Watch that HERE. Calgary Herald Bio Wikipedia Website Youtube Instagram 

Songland episode 3 featuring H.E.R. airs on NBC Monday, April 27 at 10 pm ET/PT right after The Voice


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