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Songland Season 2-Boyz II Men


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Tonight, Boyz II Men joins Songland and Ryan, Ester, and Shane reminisce on their experiences with Boyz II Men. Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman came to Songland to find a song that’s memorable. They want to find something more contemporary and modern day. They are at a point in their careers where they want to help the next generation along.


Our first writer is Zak Waters from Los Angeles, CA. His song is called Bad Things and he thinks the song will match melodically and harmonically for Boyz II Men. He introduces himself and performs for them. Shawn says they should space out the verses. Wanya prefers simple wording. Ryan suggests him not to get so neo-soul funk.


Our next writers in are Juan and Lisa Winans from Washington D.C. Their song is called Maybe. They step in and introduce themselves and Lisa performs their song. Shane wants to talk about what the song means to them and he thinks there is a message in it that means something different to them. Ester wants to know why Lisa sang that song instead of Juan and he says because of the key they have it in. Ester asks him to sing it and he does. Wanya says that changed the dynamic. Nathan liked the top of the song and Shawn says Babyface is a master at creating a story and setting you up for a chorus, but he gives a clear understanding what the song is about. Shane and Ryan freestyle a bit and change a bit of the wording. Nathan says music is the tie that bonds.


The next writer in is Charles Infamous from Lancaster, PA. His song is called Jukebox. He introduces himself and performs his original song. Shane says the melody in the verse would stick with him all day. Wanya says that could be the verse and there could be a bigger melody for the hook. Ryan freestyles a little and Shawn asks for a different tempo. Ester says maybe the song shouldn’t be Jukebox, but maybe 20/20. Nathan says the melody is groovy.


The last writer in to pitch their song is Chrislee from Essex Fells, NJ and his song is called Love Struck. Wanya says they should change the pre-chorus to a lighter melody. Shane says there are some things convoluted in the lyric. Ryan would like to simplify the chorus.


Wanya says they heard four incredible songs and it’s going to be tough. Shawn says they felt like they were amongst their people. Zak comes in and he’s going to the studio to work with a producer, along with Chrislee and Juan and Lisa. Charles is brought in and Nathan says they like the song, but he doesn’t think there is enough time to get it to where it needs to be for them.


Chrislee is working with Ester and Wanya says he thought this song was the closest to complete and the second verse needs to explain what it was about her that made him feel like he had to have her. Ester says they need to refine some of the lyrics. Juan and Lisa are working with Shane. Shane says they have to make sure the story is clear in the song. Shane says Juan and Lisa are open and ready to tell their story.


Zak is working with Ryan and Ryan says this is a tricky one. His fear for the song is that it will be too on the nose. He wants to change the song to pop, but not make it cheesy. Ryan says Boyz II Men have been around 30 years and they need something new, not something that sounds like things they’ve done before. Shawn says the hook needs to feel real because that’s how they’ll get people to relate to it.


Ester and Chrislee are working and she says the second hook gets more harmonies and third hook goes up. Chrislee says working with Ester is amazing and they working on background vocals to make the track a Boyz II Men record. Ryan adds some drums to Zak and they tried to make it feel more modern. Zak says it sounds more like a radio song now. Zak likes the way that it bounces. Ryan says they’ll be surprised because it’s so different, but now it depends on if they like it. Shane thinks Juan and Lisa should sing together. Shane says the song had a bit of a dated feel, but it’s more relatable now.


Chrislee is the first one back in to re-pitch the song he and Ester worked on. Nathan says he liked the harmony and they left space in there. Shawn says that sounded good.


Juan and Lisa are in to re-pitch the song they and Shane worked on. They have renamed the song What If It’s Love. Wanya loves how they dived into the lyrical change and it hit and felt relatable. Shawn says they left room to add themselves into the song.


Zak is in to re-pitch the song he and Ryan worked on. Zak says the song has changed a lot and it’s very current. Nathan says you can feel how it’s grown. Shawn says it’s a vibe and since the beat was so punchy, the lyrics had to be just as punchy.


Wanya says they all have a future and they are great at what they do. He says all the songs were extremely great and they all took a major turn and became what they never expected. Shawn thanks them for that because he knows songs are like babies and he thanks them for trusting in them. Wanya says they can only choose one. He says this is the part that sucks. The song they picked to record…is Love Struck by Chrislee.


Nathan says you know those informercials where they say wait, there’s more! But wait, there IS more. They love all the songs and so they are going to record them all. Nathan says if you know anything about the business is good songs are hard to come by and they all just worked for them. Wanya says it was an opportunity to have three songs by three of the best writers in the game and Shawn says and they can be greedy.

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