Pam Sheyne

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Pam Sheyne
Sheyne in 2010
Sheyne in 2010
Background information
GenresPop, rock, country, R&B
Occupation(s)Songwriter/mentor/vocal Producer
Instrument(s)Guitar, backing vocals
Years active1986–present

Pamela Sheyne is a New Zealand born songwriter, producer, mentor and singer best known for co-writing Christina Aguilera’s global smash debut single "Genie in a Bottle". She has achieved 50+ million record sales and over 100 RIAA Platinum, Gold and Silver Certified sales awards worldwide, an Ivor Novello Award along with seven BMI citations for US radio plays.


Sheyne was born in Auckland, New Zealand and moved to the United Kingdom in her late teens. She spent several years in London as a session singer and backing vocalist for artists including Rebbie Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, Bryan Adams, Elton John, Celine Dion, Mike & The Mechanics, Tom Jones, Lulu, Daryl Hall, Cyndi Lauper, and Dave Stewart.

After initial success in the UK as songwriter with hits including Kavana’s No. 8 UK singles chart with “MFEO” and Billie's No. 3 UK single chart "She Wants You", Sheyne travelled to Los Angeles where she collaborated with David Frank and Steve Kipner to create what was to become her biggest hit song to date. "Genie in a Bottle" was Christina Aguilera’s first single, it achieved No. 1 Billboard single for five weeks and went on to reach No. 1 in 22 countries including the UK. The song won an Ivor Novello Award for ‘International Hit of the Year’ in the year in 1999[1] and Christina won a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the same year.

Sheyne also co-wrote and sang background vocals on debut single "He Loves U Not" for girl group Dream which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Single's Chart as well as USA Soundscan No. 1 along with USA No. 15 hit for Jessica Simpson with "Irresistible". Her songs have been covered by a number of international artists including; Camila Cabello, Demi Lovato, Lindsay Lohan, Corrine Bailey Rae, Seal, Dream, Sinead O’Connor, Tina Arena, Laura Pausini, The Backstreet Boys, O Town, Jessica Simpson, Cece Winans and The Saturdays.

In the film and TV world, Sheyne has written end titles for Disney'sThe Princess Diaries’, ‘Confessions of A Teenage Drama Queen’ and the Golden Globe nominated film ‘The Young Victoria’ . TV shows that have featured Sheyne's songs include ‘Hannah Montana’, ‘Jump In’, ‘Camp Rock’, ’Camp Rock 2’, ‘Sonny with a Chance’, ‘Lizzie Maguire’, ‘Beverly Hills 90210’, ‘Roswell’, ‘King of the Hill’, ‘American Idol’, ‘Canadian Idol’, ‘X Factor’, ‘The Voice’, ‘Good Morning America’, ‘Fame’ and ‘General Hospital’ to name but a few. Sheyne additionally wrote and sang the theme tune to NBC’s ‘Dance Your Ass Off’.

Sheyne is also a well regarded songwriting mentor and attends songwriting camps and retreats sharing her experience and talking about the craft of songwriting. She started SongWriterCamps with business partner Richard Harris in 2018 and is passionate about the craft of songwriting. She is a founding member of SONA (Songwriters of North America) a grassroots advocacy group based in Los Angeles that campaigns for songwriter rights.


Sheyne is a credited contributor on the following songs or albums:

Song Name Award or Recognition Performing Artist Writers
"Genie In A Bottle" (Cover) No. 10 UK Singles Chart - 2004 Speedway Sheyne, Frank, Kipner
"Genio Atrapado" (Spanish Version) 3 Million Copies Sold Worldwide Christina Aguilera Sheyne, Frank, Kipner
"Genie In A Bottle" Over 71 Million Views On YouTube Dove Cameron Sheyne, Frank, Kipner
"He Loves You Not" No. 2 USA Hot 100 & No. 17 UK

No.1 Soundscan single gold status and platinum album USA “It Was All A Dream”

2 x BMI Pop Awards 2002 & 2003

500,000 single sales USA and 1 million album sales USA

Dream Sheyne, Frank, Kipner
"Irresistible" No.15 USA Hot 100 - also used in “The Master of Disguise” and “Lizzie Maguire

3 gold compilations in the USA including Lizzie Maguire soundtrack and Disney Radio Jams

2 X BMI Pop Awards 2002 and 2003

500,000 album sales in the USA

Jessica Simpson Sheyne, Bagg, Birgisson
"Miracles Happen" End title for Disney's “The Princess Diaries”

RIAA Gold soundtrack album USA

Reprised in Cantonese by Johnny Blu on “The Princess Diaries”

with Princess Diaries 2 soundtrack album also Gold status USA

Also used in Disney's “Ice Princess”

Myra and Johnny Blu Sheyne, Kennedy
"This Is Me" Second single for Dream reaching No.39 USA Hot 100

Platinum album USA for “It Was All A Dream”

1 x BMI Pop Award

Dream Sheyne, Frank, Kipner
"Mirror Mirror" No.62 Hot 100 single USA reaching gold status

1.5 million albums world-wide

M2M Sheyne, Hosein, Deviller
"Never Say Goodbye" 2 x Platinum album UK. 2 million sales worldwide Hayley Westenra Sheyne, Ravel
"The Extra Mile" Pokémon 2 soundtrack and 4 million plus units on Laura Pausini LP “Tra Te E Il Mare” Laura Pausini Sheyne, Arena, Frampton
"For Love Alone" Gold album USA 500,000 units Cece Winans Sheyne, Winans, Anders
"I Must Not Chase The Boys" Gold album USA. Mercedes advertisement in Italy Play Sheyne, Padley, Godfrey
"A Girls Mind" Gold album USA Play Sheyne, Padley, Godfrey
"Drama Queen" End title to Disney's “Confessions of A Teenage Drama Queen” Lindsay Lohan Sheyne, Wolfe
"Point Of Grace" Gold album USA. Word Records Point Of Grace Sheyne, Hosein, Deviller
"The Swing" Silver album United Kingdom. Virgin Records. 700,000 sales worldwide. 911 Sheyne, Kennedy
"By Heart" Platinum album Poland. 150,000 units. EMI Records. Edyta Gorniak Sheyne, Mowatt
"She Wants You" UK No. 3 single 200,000 singles. Virgin Records

“Honey To the B” 300,000 albums sold UK.

Billie Sheyne, Laws
"M.F.E.O" UK No. 8 single – Virgin Records Kavana Sheyne, Kennedy
"100 Percent" UK No. 23 single – Mercury Records Mary Kiani Sheyne, Lever, Percy
"This I Swear" UK No. 46 single – MCA Records Kim Wilde Sheyne, Swain
"Reminds Me Of You" 300,000 sales United Kingdom. “Woman In Me” CD. Louise Sheyne, Kennedy Pescetto
"Trouble Is" 1.5 million sales of album “Unbreakable" Backstreet Boys Sheyne, Sutton, Mescal


  1. ^ "60 seconds with Pam Sheyne". Retrieved 27 May 2021.

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