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Shelly Peiken

Shelly Peiken

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Grammy-nominated songwriter Shelly Peiken has been a behind-the-scenes force in the music business for more than two decades. She is best known for penning female-empowerment anthems such as Christina Aguilera’s Number One hit “What a Girl Wants” and Meredith Brooks’ “Bitch.”

Her book “Confessions of a Serial Songwriter,” a memoir that chronicles her journey from a young girl falling under the spell of magical songs to writing hits of her own, earned her a second Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album.

Shelly lives in Los Angeles and is a fierce advocate of creators’ rights with her grassroots organization, SONA (Songwriters of North America). You can find her music at http://hyperurl.co/shellypeikenmusic

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