Shelly Peiken Named Master Teacher at Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project

The Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project has announced that Shelly Peiken will join their organization as a Master Teacher.

Grammy-nominated songwriter Shelly Peiken has been a prolific, behind-the-scenes force in the music business for more than two decades. Her songs have sold in excess of 50 million records. She is best known for penning culturally resonant, female-empowerment anthems such as Christina Aguilera’s No. 1 hit, “What a Girl Wants” and Meredith Brooks’ smash, “Bitch.”

Shelly’s experiences, accomplishments and the circles in which she has traveled give her a unique perspective on the music business: that of a professional woman who fought her way into a highly competitive industry, found a way to succeed, balanced a thriving career and a family, and who has witnessed firsthand the changes that have turned that industry upside down. All the while, Shelly has stayed true to her first true love: the often elusive but always immensely satisfying act of writing a great song.

Shelly’s book, Confessions Of A Serial Songwriter is a humorous pop culture memoir about her journey: from young girl falling under the spell of magical songs to working professional, writing hits of her own. It’s about growing up, the creative process, the highs and the lows, the conflicts that arise between motherhood and career success, the divas, the celebrity egos and schemers but, most of all, the remarkable people she’s found along the way. The audio version of Confessions Of A Serial Songwriter has been submitted for a Best Spoken Word Nomination for the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Shelly blogs for Huffington Post about songwriting culture and is a fierce advocate of creators rights on Capitol Hill. She lives in LA with her husband, daughter and 2 cats.

Read the full press release here.

To learn more about Shelly, please visit her website.