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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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When I was about 10 years old, my parents bought me a used upright piano for $150. It had a roughly textured black and white speckled finish. It was the oddest looking piano I’d ever seen. I wish I

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With Mother’s Day nearly upon us, I find myself missing my mom and thinking about how her support for my endeavors cleared the way for my creative journey. My mom was never the tiger type or helicopter variety. She didn’t

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When I first decided I wanted to be a professional songwriter, I would have done anything to get in the room with writers who were better than me. It was something they — the mysterious “they” who know everything

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For every piece of music that somebody loves, somebody else will feel indifferent towards it. You can drive yourself crazy trying to please everyone. But then again, creating art to please others is not the point of art. When we

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The Comparison Game. I play it. Do you? We know we shouldn’t. But we’re only human. It happens to the best of us. We hear a piece of music or a song that someone else wrote — one that’s so

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