Songcraft: Spotlight on Songwriters Podcast

Pam Sheyne

Ep. 53 - Pam Sheyne

Genie in a Bottle: The Transcontinental Pop Hitmaker

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Scott and Paul head over to Pam's home studio to chat about the time she wrote a song for Celine Dion under armed guard; why "Genie in a Bottle" was almost a Paula Abdul record; what singing backup for artists like Bryan Adams and Elton John taught her about serving the song; why she says she should have moved to the US sooner than she did; and what she thinks of the challenges of being the only female writer in the room.

After establishing herself in Europe, New Zealand native Pam Sheyne broke through to international songwriting success when “Genie in a Bottle” hit #1 in more than 20 countries, sold millions of copies around the world, cemented Christina Aguilera’s place as a new pop superstar, and earned Sheyne an Ivor Novello award for International Hit of the Year. Pam went on to pen the single “Mirror Mirror” for the Norwegian pop duo M2M, which landed in the Top 20 on the US Dance chart, as well as “He Loves U Not,” which was recorded by the girl group Dream, hit #2 on the Billboard pop chart, and was certified Gold after selling more than a half million copies in the US. She went on to write “Irresistible,” the title track to Jessica Simpson’s second album, which reached #15 on the Billboard pop singles chart in 2001. Pam also co-wrote the Top 40 single “She Said” for teen pop singer turned Academy Award winning actress, Brie Larson, and the #1 hit “Lighthouse” for South African Idol winner Elvis Blue. Other artists who’ve recorded her songs include Sheena Easton, O-Town, Nick Lachey, Lindsay Lohan, CeCe Winans, Vitamin C, Corinne Bailey Rae, Demi Lovato, Seal, and others. In addition to her creative efforts, Pam is also a tireless advocate for the songwriting community and has been in the trenches fighting for fair legislation and business practices that support the songwriting profession.


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