Peter Zizzo

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Peter Zizzo
Birth name Peter Eric Zizzo
Born February 22, 1966 (1966-02-22) (age 50)
Origin New York, NY, U.S.
Genres Pop, rock
Occupation(s) producer, songwriter, musician
Years active 1988–present
Labels Universal Music Publishing

Peter Eric Zizzo (born February 22, 1966) is an American music producer, musician and songwriter. Zizzo has written hits for artists such as Celine Dion,[1] Jennifer Lopez, Marit Larsen, O.A.R, Jason Mraz, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, M2M, Sir Cliff Richard, Clay Aiken, Howie Day, Kate Voegele and Jillette Johnson. He has been considered instrumental in developing the careers of artists Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Carlton[2] in the US, and Pixie Lott in the UK.

Early life[edit]

Born in New York to Alicia Zizzo, Peter Zizzo graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from Tufts University where he was in Alpha Epsilon Pi. He appeared as the title character's father in the Tufts production of Antigone. Zizzo wrote the song "March", recorded by The Weather Girls, and wrote and performed additional songs, including "Faithful," "I Will Forgive You". He also appeared in a commercial for Tony Robbins Personal Power. Zizzo found his initial success working with Ric Wake on Celine Dion records. While working with Wake, he met Andy Marvel.

Entrepreneurial ventures[edit]

After his time working with Wake, Zizzo founded Big Much Productions and a partnered with Marvel to build Big Baby Recording Studios, a New York-based company.

Zizzo, in his role of Artist Development, discovered, developed, produced, and launched prominent artists such as Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Carlton, and Toby Lightman. Zizzo has also spoken and led seminars at South by Southwest and other music industry events. Zizzo's songs and productions have been on recordings that have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. He also wrote many songs for the animated series Winx Club (2004-today)


Year Artist Album/Singles Charts Certifactions/Awards Credits
2012 Elizabeth Gillies Winx Club (Nickelodeon US Version)
  • "We Are Believix"
Producer, writer
2011 The Fresh Beat Band A Friend Like You [single]
  • "A Friend Like You"
#1 on iTunes Kids Chart 5 Album Producer, writer, arranger
2009 Pixie Lott Turn It Up
  • "Jack"
  • "The Way The World Works"
UK Top 5 Album −2x platinum (600,000+) Producer, writer, arranger
2009 BeBe & CeCe Winans Still
  • "Things feat. Marvin Winans"
  • "Never Thought"
US #14 Billboard Top 100

US #1 Gospel Album
US #2 R'n'B Album

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album 2011 Producer, writer, arranger
2009 Blake Lewis Heartbreak on Vinyl
  • "The Point"
US #7 Dance & Electronic Album
2006 Stephanie McIntosh Tightrope
  • "Overcome"
#4 AUS Gold (+35,000 units sold) Producer, co-writer
2005 Toby Lightman Little Things
  • "Devils & Angels"
  • "The River"
  • "Don't Wanna Know"
Top 15 Hot AC, Top 40 Pop Producer, writer, arranger
2002 Avril Lavigne Let Go
  • "Nobody's Fool"
  • "Why" (International Releases)
18 Million Worldwide

RIAA Diamond Award

Producer, writer, arranger
2000 M2M Shades of Purple
  • "Don't Say You Love Me"
US Top 20 Radio

US Sales #1 (Certified Platinum)

2 Million Worldwide Producer, writer, arranger
1999 Jennifer Lopez "On The 6"
  • Promise You'll Try
7 Million Worldwide Producer, writer, arranger
1997 Celine Dion These Are Special Times
  • "Don't Save It All For Christmas Day"
14 Million Worldwide Writer, arranger
1996 Celine Dion Let's Talk About Love
  • "Love Is on the Way"
Top 40 33 Million Worldwide

RIAA Diamond Award[3]

Writer, arranger
1994 Celine Dion "The Color of My Love Top 10 US

Top 5 UK

16 Million Worldwide Writer, arranger

Acting career[edit]

In 2009 Peter played a character named after himself in the Steven Soderbergh film The Girlfriend Experience starring adult film star Sasha Grey. "Girlfriend Experience" was written by Peter's lifelong friends Brian Koppelman and David Levien who also named a character after him in the poker classic Rounders.[4]