Peter Zizzo

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Peter Zizzo
Birth namePeter Eric Zizzo
BornFebruary 22, 1966 (1966-02-22) (age 52)
OriginNew York, NY, U.S.
GenresPop, rock
Occupation(s)producer, songwriter, writer, musician
Years active1988–present
LabelsUniversal Music Publishing / BMG Music Publishing

Peter Eric Zizzo (born February 22, 1966) is an Emmy and Grammy Award winning American songwriter, music producer, musician and writer. Zizzo has written hits for artists such as Celine Dion,[1] Avril Lavigne, Jennifer Lopez, Marit Larsen, O.A.R, Jason Mraz, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, M2M, Sir Cliff Richard, Clay Aiken, Howie Day, Kate Voegele, Jackie Evancho, Pixie Lott, Vanessa Carlton, and many others. 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. Recordings of his songs have collectively sold in excess of 100 million copies worldwide.

Early life[edit]

Born in New York to musical parents, Peter Zizzo was initially a teen rock guitar prodigy, featured in Guitar Player magazine. As a songwriter, he got his first cut, "March", by The Weather Girls, at age 18. He attended college at Tufts University, graduating with a Bachelor's in English. Shortly thereafter, he won BMI's "Best New Songwriter" award on the heels of his first hit, the dance track "Whispers" by Corina. Zizzo found more success working alongside top 80s producer Ric Wake on records by Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez. It was through Wake's company that he signed his first developing artist, Billy Porter, whose A&M debut Untitled was largely written and produced by Zizzo, and featured "Love Is On The Way", the central ballad from the hit film The First Wives Club. Porter went on to win a Tony award for his starring role in Broadway's Kinky Boots.

Entrepreneurial ventures[edit]

In his role of Artist Development, Zizzo discovered, developed, produced, and helped launch prominent artists such as Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Carlton, Pixie Lott, and more recently, People Magazine's "One To Watch, 2017" Hailey Knox. Zizzo has also spoken and led seminars at South by Southwest and other music industry events. Peter Zizzo's songs and productions have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. In 2010, Peter's production and writing on BeBe and CeCe Winans "Still" won a Grammy for Best Gospel Album Peter has also written and produced songs for several shows on Nickelodeon, including "The Fresh Beat Band", which in 2013 won him an Emmy Award for best musical composition. He was nominated again the following year for Outstanding Original Song for "Spring Has Sprung", from the show "Peter Rabbit".

Peter is also a published author of short fiction and has written several screenplays, one of which, "Timmy Tilson", placed in the finals in The Creative World Awards international screenplay competition.

Partial Discography[edit]

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]

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