American singer and songwriter H.E.R. (age 22) chose the song “Wrong Places” by singer-songwriter and actress Raquel Castro as her Songland Selection.
H.E.R. (real name Gabriella Wilson) and Songland judges/producers Ester Dean, Shane McAnally and Ryan Tedder were bowled over by Raquel’s song and they gave her a standing ovation for her performance.
Ester was impressed with the lyrics while Shane can’t help but get ecstatic over the melody. H.E.R. said Raquel “definitely hit everything on the mark.” She later said it’s an amazing song but needs some little things “that would make the story more clear to everybody.”
Ryan thought the song is insane but said it could do with some chord substitution. Shane also suggested some tweaks on the lyrics and so did Ryan, who observed “love” was being said too much.
Episode 3: April 27, 2020
Songwriter: Raquel Castro
Song: “Wrong Places”
Producer: Ryan Tedder
Previous Episode Winner: “Sway” by Pipobeats- Luis Fonsi Songland Selection
Watch songwriter Raquel Castro in her original song performance of “Wrong Places” on Songland 2020.
Here’s how Raquel’s song transformed when it was produced by Ryan Tedder. H.E.R. said she loves the song so much and all the changes that have been made.
Finally, watch how H.E.R. sings Raquel’s composition, and a fresh lyric video to the song.
Before joining Songland, Raquel Castro became known for starring in the 2004 film Jersey Girl, as the daughter of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, for which she won the Young Artist Award for the Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Actress Age Ten or Younger. Her latest appearance in movies is the 2019 film Already Gone. On TV, Raquel appeared in Law & Order: SVU, The Voice (as a contestant), Liv and Maddie, and Empire, among others.
Songland is a groundbreaking songwriting competition series that serves as a destination for music’s biggest stars to find their next hit. Undiscovered songwriters are put center stage as they pitch their original creations to top recording artists and chart-topping music producers in the hopes of creating the artists’ next big hits.
Songland premiered in May 2019 on NBC. On September 10, 2019, NBC renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on April 13, 2020.
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