Shelly Peiken

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Shelly Peiken
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Background information
Genres Pop, rock
Occupation(s) Songwriter, Author
Instruments Piano, guitar, vocals
Years active 1986–present

Shelly Meg Peiken is an American songwriter who is best known for co-writing the US #1 hits "What A Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" by Christina Aguilera[1] the US #2 hit "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks,[2] and the US #16 hit "Almost Doesn't Count" by Brandy.[3] She has also written for or with Britney Spears, Natasha Bedingfield, Keith Urban, Celine Dion, Cher, Reba McEntire, Laura Pausini, NSYNC, Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Aaliyah, Selena Gomez, Idina Menzel and Demi Lovato.


Shelly Peiken grew up in Freeport, Long Island where she became interested in music at an early age.

Later, she attended the University of Maryland where she studied fashion design only to come to New York City afterwards where she spent many years developing her true passion as a singer songwriter.[4]

She signed her first publishing deal with boutique company, Hit & Run Music, and went on to write songs for Brandy, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, The Pretenders, Britney Spears, Jessie J, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Inxs, Backstreet Boys, Keith Urban and many others.[5]

In 1998, Shelly and Meredith Brooks earned a Best Rock Song Grammy nomination for "Bitch".[2]

Further success followed with two No. 1’s for Christina Aguilera, "What A Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby,"[1] "I Wanna Be With You" for Mandy Moore,[6] "Hook Me Up" (a No. 1 in Australia, written with Greg Wells and The Veronicas),[7] "Who You Are" (written with Toby Gad and Jessie J),[8] "Human On The Inside" for the Pretenders (written with Mark McEntee),[9] and "Almost Doesn’t Count" for Brandy (written with Guy Roche).[3]

She is a Huffington Post blogger[10] where she writes of her experiences as a songwriter, the challenges of the current music business, and the balancing of career and parenthood. She has a personal website and blog as well.

Shelly's first book, Confessions of a Serial Songwriter,[11] was published by Backbeat Books, on March 1, 2016 and received a Grammy nomination in 2017 for Best Spoken Word Album.[6] " [12]

She resides in Los Angeles with husband, film composer Adam Gorgoni and her daughter, Layla.[4]


Discography and their recordings by popular artists