Lyricist Pamela Phillips Oland is coming off one of the best years of her long career. She continues to reinvent herself, and her creative juices keep flowing into multiple projects and genres. Defying categorization, the 3x-Grammy-nominated Oland writes pop, R&B, rock, country, jazz and theater songs with the same ease of inspiration. Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Selena, Frank Sinatra, Peabo Bryson, Reba McIntyre, The Jacksons and Gladys Knight represent just a few of her 500 or so recorded songs. Her hit musical – co-written with composer Tom Harriman and script writer Edwin DeVries — “Soldier of Orange” — is currently the most successful musical in Dutch history, in its third year of a run at the Theatrehangaar, Amsterdam, with ticket sales approaching 1 million. Her new single “Forever,” (Ralphi Rosario featuring Frankie) was most added, #1 breakout, and is climbing Billboard’s Club Play charts. Her forthcoming single “Hey You, Girl!” is in line to follow Britain’s Got Talent phenom Charlie Green’s launching single “Liquid Ice,” all produced by Christian DeWalden. She is the lyricist on “Real Women Have Curves, the Musical” with author Josefina Lopez and Composer Tom Harriman. Her novel – 8 years in the writing – is finally finished. Watch this space for more info! Her other numerous current cuts include seven on the new album of Argentinean star Karen Souza, called “Hotel Souza.” She recently had a popular Danish single “Don’t Stop” with Jorgen Thorup, and has had recent cuts with alternative artists White Apple Tree and Simon Lynge, as well as Philippine artists Lara Cuevos, Philippine Idol winner Sarah Geronimo (in duet with Back Street Boys’ Howie Dorough that went to #1) a recent Record of the Year with Claire dela Fuente. The cast album of Soldier of Orange hit Nol. 7 on the Dutch pop charts. www.soldaatvanoranje.nl
Her film and TV projects have included opening and closing themes for Disney’s “102 Dalmatians,” Genie Award-nominated “Center of My Heart” (as Best Song in a Motion Picture) from “Blizzard,” the end title to “Gideon,” songs in “J*A*G,” “The Sopranos,” “Xena:Warrior Princess,” “Crayola Kids Adventures,” and dozens of others.
Oland’s the author of two popular music industry books, “The Art of Writing Great Lyrics,” and “The Art of Writing Love Songs.” Her forthcoming releases include an innovative “song cycle” project with Peruvian rock star Santino dela Tore, several all-new Christmas songs with Richard Carpenter, and other projects in process but still under wraps!
The song “I Am Who I Am” on the recently-released “Oneness: Songs of Hope and Unity” album, was co-written with smooth jazz superstar Brian Culbertson and Santana lead singer, Andy Vargas, during the all-day co-write at the Jim Henson Studios in L.A. (formerly A&M Recording Studios).