Here's one thing that'll likely come up at your next book club meeting : Songland , NBC's new songwriting competition series. If you've yet to watch, the show gives aspiring songwriters the opportunity of a lifetime, a. Each week, the newbies are paired with accomplished writers and producers Ester Dean, Shane McAnally, and Ryan Tedder—and while they're all excellent, it's Dean we're a little obsessed with.
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Songland has taken America by storm, giving songwriters a chance to be in the spotlight. Ester Dean is one of the mentors advising the aspiring stars. Here are ten facts about the star songwriter behind some of your favorite songs. Ester Dean was born on April 15, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Ester started writing music at a young age. Born into a low-income household with a single mother, she channeled her pain and emotions into music.