Ester Dean serves as a producer on the new NBC musical competition series "Songland."
Dean is a Grammy Award-nominated songwriter, record producer, singer and actress. One of the music industry's most in-demand and sought-after hit-makers, she has written and produced numerous hits, including "Firework" by Katy Perry, "Rude Boy" by Rihanna, "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj, "Mr. Know It All" by Kelly Clarkson and "Come & Get It" by Selena Gomez.
Dubbed "The Song Machine" by The New Yorker, Dean has continuously delivered hit after hit, sending countless artists to No. 1. At the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, Dean was nominated for Album of the Year for Rihanna's "Loud," featuring smash singles such as "What's My Name?" and "S&M," written by Dean.
In 2015, she released her own original music with an R&B/soul EP titled "Miss Ester Dean."
The multi-talented artist has touched nearly every area of the entertainment industry. She broke into film with the animated comedy "Rio," in which she sang both "Let Me Take You to Rio" and "Take You to Rio." Lending her voice in other ways, Dean voiced a sloth Siren in the hit film "Ice Age: Continental Drift" in addition to writing the title song, "We Are."
In 2012, Dean brought her talents in front of the camera, starting her acting career in "Pitch Perfect." In the role of Cynthia-Rose Adams, Dean has starred and sung in all three films in the franchise.
Dean is signed to Universal Music Publishing Group.