Shelly Meg Peiken is an American songwriter, nominated for a Grammy this year, 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, the US #2 hit “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks, and the US #16 hit “Almost Doesn’t Count” by Brandy. 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. She is a Huffington Post blogger where she writes of her experiences as a songwriter, the challenges of the current music business, and the balancing of career and parenthood. Shelly’s first book, Confessions of a Serial Songwriter, is a personal look into the music industry and her life of adventures through it.
Native New Yorker Blake Morgan is a recording artists, record producer and activist for musicians and the principle that they must be paid. He is the founder and owner of ECR Music Group, a global music company with record labels in the US and the UK, in which all of the artists own 100% of their master recordings. The company and its labels and artists have flourished under the principle of fair payment and rights for artists. Morgan’s music career has also flourished, with an artists in residence concert series at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall with guests like Tracy Bonham, Jessie Harris and Chris Barron, and headlining performances on 50,000 mile tours across the USA and Europe. He is launching a new UK tour on Dec. 4.