‘Songland’ Usher Songs: How to Download the Winner

SONGLAND -- "Usher” Episode 210 -- Pictured: Ryan Cam

NBC SONGLAND -- "Usher” Episode 210 -- Pictured: Ryan Cam

The latest episode of Songland welcomed the Grammy-award winning R&B star Usher Raymond IV, who is known professionally simply as Usher. Over the course of his over 20-year career, he has won eight Grammys, 18 Billboard Music Awards, nine Soul Train Music Awards, and eight American Music Awards.

When the show started, the producers could not say enough good things about this week’s guest artist.

“Usher is an absolute legend,” said Ryan Tedder. “He has a magnetism about his personality that is infectious and he knows what a hit is. He’s had more than I can count.”

“I’m such a serious crazy fan,” added Shane McAnally.

“He’s a mega-star … R&B’s top master. It’s huge to get Usher on Songland. I love him so much because he gave me my opportunity in songwriting,” said Ester Dean.

Below is a rundown of his Songland episode, including the winning song and how to download it but be warned of spoilers.


Contestants

David Wade Performs "Horse 'N Carriage" (Original Song Performance) – Songland 2020Songland songwriter David Wade sings the original song "Horse 'N Carriage." » Subscribe for More: http://bit.ly/NBCSongland » Watch Songland Mondays 10/9c on NBC! » Stream Anytime: https://www.nbc.com/songland/episodes SONGLAND ON SOCIAL: Like Songland on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NBCSongland Follow Songland on Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBCSongland Follow Songland on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nbcsongland Find Songland trailers, full episode highlights, previews, promos, clips, and digital exclusives here. NBC ON SOCIAL: YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/nbc Twitter: http://Twitter.com/NBC Facebook: http://Facebook.com/NBC Instagram: http://instagram.com/nbc ABOUT SONGLAND "Songland" serves as a destination for music's biggest stars to find their next hit. The series is an authentic peek into the process of songwriting and provides one winner per episode the opportunity to have their song released by chart-topping artists. Season 2 guest recording artists include Boyz II Men, Florida Georgia Line, Luis Fonsi, H.E.R., Lady A, Martina McBride, Julia Michaels, Ben Platt, Bebe Rexha and Usher. Four songwriters will perform their original tracks in front of the guest artist and three of the most successful producers in music – Ryan Tedder (lead singer of OneRepublic and four-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer), Ester Dean (Grammy-nominated songwriter, producer) and Shane McAnally (three-time Grammy-winning songwriter and producer). In the end, a winner will be chosen and their song will be recorded and released for a global audience. David Wade Performs "Horse 'N Carriage" (Original Song Performance) – Songland 2020 https://youtu.be/ui8IdQy7fcc Songland https://www.youtube.com/NBCSongland2020-06-12T13:00:31Z

Ahead of the performances, Usher stressed that a show like Songland is so important to show a different side to the music industry.

“This show is a necessity. People really don’t understand what we have to go through in creating a song. I love that it teaches people that there’s a process,” said the R&B star, adding, “What do I typically look for in a song? I think versatility makes a great song. I think you have to take people on a journey.”

The four contestants who performed for Usher were:

  • Miranda Glory, New York, New York, “Salty”
  • Ryan Cam, Leesburg, Virginia, “Staying Over”
  • David Wade, Newark, New Jersey, “Horse ‘N Carriage”
  • Fatherdude, Long Island, New York, “Billions”

The three artists chosen to advance were Glory, who was assigned to producer Tedder; Wade, who was assigned to producer McAnally; and Cam, who was assigned to producer Dean.


The Winning Song

Usher – California (from Songland) (Audio) ft. TygaUsher ft. Tyga – "Calfornia (from Songland)" out now!: https://smarturl.it/xCalifornia Follow Usher: Usher Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/usher/?hl=en Twitter: https://twitter.com/Usher Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/usher/ Follow Tyga: Tyga Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tyga/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tyga Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tyga/ #Usher #Tyga #Califronia2020-06-16T02:45:02Z

After the reworked songs were performed, Usher chose to go with Cam’s song “Staying Over,” which had been retitled “California.”

“The great part about what happens here is you guys can say, ‘I’ve obviously made it this far, so I’m on the track to success and the world knows who I am and I’ve become better here as a result of understanding that collaboration is key,'” Usher told the aspiring songwriters. “This is what music-making is about and this is what creativity is about … so I get to pick one record, one song, to record. And the song that I’m going to pick is ‘California.'”

“If I had gone back and told myself three years ago when I had just started making music that Usher would be cutting my track right now, I have no idea what I would say. I’m incredibly honored. It’s a crazy accomplishment,” said Cam.

“When I heard ‘California,’ it was so sparse and that works in this town because vibe is every bit of what R&B is and Ester, her pop sensibility was able to sprinkle the right seasoning over it to liven it up and give it rhythm, which made it a song that gave it an entire body for me. Also too, the treat of being able to have a record that is instantly branded for the world to see — I’m just so happy that I chose it.”

You can hear the full song on Songland’s and Usher’s YouTube channel and download it now on Spotify.

Songland airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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