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Australian Songwriters Conference

Career Development For Music Creators

The Divine Art & Craft of Collaboration

Date: July 11, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


More than ever, the online space is allowing songwriters to co-write with others outside their neighbourhood and allowing international collaborations to flourish. But there’s more to collaboration than the physical process of working together.

In this special event Masterclass, 3x Grammy Award nominee, Pamela Oland, will discuss the deeper nuances of collaboration that results in a successful co-write. Delving into the importance of mindset, patience and being open to a co-writer’s twist on your ideas,  Pamela shares her decades of experience and insight on this topic, leaving you enlightened on how to get the most out of your songwriting collaborations.


ASC Members:  $20.00
Non-members:  $30.00


3-time Grammy-Nominated lyricist, Pamela Phillips Oland, has written over 500 songs that have been recorded and enjoyed in the U.S. and around the world. Her work has been recorded by no less than the spectacular talents of Aretha Franklin & The Four Tops, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston & Jermaine Jackson, Anne Murray, Philip Bailey, Earth Wind & Fire, Gladys Knight, Reba McIntyre, Peabo Bryson, The Jacksons, Engelbert Humperdinck, Dusty Springfield, The Crusaders, The Whispers, The Brothers Johnson, DJ Ralphi Rosario, Michael Learns to Rock, and Selena.

Pamela’s lyrics can be heard in movies and on TV shows that include: The SopranosComing to America102 Dalmatians, Burglar, J.A.G., Xena Warrior Princess, Gideon, Kids 10 Commandments and Blizzard, which was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Song in a Motion Picture.

Pamela is the sole lyricist for Argentinian diva Karen Souza, including co-writing the hit song “Paris.”

Pamela has given multiple seminars on songwriting, including at Carnegie Hall, in Australia and Finland, and at music conservatories around Denmark. She taught her craft for 8 years at UCLA and was part of the historic Music Speaks Louder Than Words event–the first ever creative exchange between U.S. and Soviet songwriters and artists in Moscow and Leningrad.

Her musical, Soldier of Orange, is in its 9th sold-out year in Holland. With almost 3,000,000 tickets sold, it’s the most successful musical in Dutch history. Soldier of Orange is about be workshopped in London, where a new immersive theater is being built for it in Newham, near London City Airport. Producers are planning to open it there in late 2020.

Other musicals that Pamela is currently developing are, ChickWonder, which is a Stevie Wonder musical, and Touch Me, a Rock Show.

Beyond writing hundreds of songs, Pamela has also published two books, The Art of Writing Great Lyrics and The Art of Writing Love Songs.

Sunday, September 15, 2019 Songsalive!
LA Song Critique Workshop
Pamela Phillips Oland 3x Grammy nominated


Are you a songwriter willing to take your songs to the next level? Workshop your songs to be the best they can be, and get them out to the world. Hosted by Rik Lawrence, of Songsalive!, the largest global songwriters squad, the Songsalive! Workshops are open to all songwriters, composers, lyricists and musicians. First half song critique. Second half industry session, with invaluable guest speakers from the music business. Come ready with your songs for feedback and create long lasting relationships in the songwriting community. Goals: 1) the SONG and making it the best it can be. 2) providing a community for our members to gather, network, collaborate and learn. Come prepared for song critique

Guest Speaker: 3-time Grammy-nominated PAMELA PHILLIPS OLAND. Over 500 songs recorded in the U.S.A. and worldwide, including lyrics for Aretha Franklin & The Four Tops, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston & Jermaine Jackson’s “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do,” Anne Murray, Howie Dorough & Sarah Geronimo, Philip Bailey, Earth Wind & Fire, Gladys Knight, Reba McIntyre, Peabo Bryson, The Jacksons, Engelbert Humperdinck, Dolly Dots, Dusty Springfield, The Crusaders, The Whispers, The Brothers Johnson, Selena, and more. TV and Film credits: The Sopranos, Coming to America, 102 Dalmatians, Burglar, J*A*G, Xena Warrior Princess, Gideon, and more. She has given multiple seminars on songwriting, including at Carnegie Hall, in Australia and Finland, and at music conservatories around Denmark. She taught her craft for 8 years at UCLA, and was part of the historic “Music Speaks Louder Than Words” event–the first ever creative exchange between US and Soviet songwriters and artists, in Moscow and Leningrad. Books: The Art of Writing Great Lyrics and The Art of Writing Love Songs. Musicals in dev: “Chick,” “Wonder” (a Stevie Wonder musical) and “Touch Me, a Rock Show”. Her musical “Soldier of Orange” is in its 9th sold-out year in Holland, with almost 3 million tickets sold.

Pam’s topic: The Fine Art of Collaboration
– Getting the most out of collaboration
– How to work with someone and not feel you’re being overpowered
– Allowing your collaborator thinking room
– Why collaboration is often better than writing alone
– Taking care of the business aspects including costs
– Overcoming the fear of losing your creative input
– How to know when a collaboration is a dud, a drain, or a disaster

WHEN: SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 (3rd Sundays of the month)
TIME: Starts 12:00pm sharp. Ends at 3pm.
Attendees are asked to stay for the whole workshop.

COST: Free for Songsalive! PRO Members and $10 for everyone else*. RSVP is mandatory. No-shows and late arrivals will not be invited back.

WHERE: Songsalive!’s LA Home at MUSIC SPACE STUDIOS[masked]/2 Oxnard St. Van Nuys Ca. 91411

RSVP A MUST: No-shows may not not be invited back. Walk Ups are not recommended and may be turned away. Please RSVP on this page.
(*Being a member of Meetup.com does not constitute being a Member of Songsalive! Join at https://members.songsalive.org)

First half song critique. Second half guest speaker talk or really good music business discussion – topics TBD.
1. Only Pro Members can receive a song critique
2. First come first serve. We randomly choose (draw) from Pro Members who arrive on time but we cannot guarantee everyone will get an opportunity due to time.
3. First timers can only audit the class (watch).
4. Late arrivals will forfeit ability to receive song critique.

– Bring 20 typed copies of your lyric sheet (with full contact details).
– Perform live, or bring song on CD, iPod, phone. Hook up to Stereo provided.
– bring packed lunch.

The largest songwriters squad worldwide.

Soldier van Oranje - The Musical goes to England

After a long search, NEW Productions, the producer of Soldaat van Oranje – De Musical, has found the ideal location in London to play an English version of the show. Today, on the birthday of Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema, it was announced that the construction of the Soldier of Orange – The Musical theater will commence at the end of 2019 opposite City Airport in the East London Royal Docks. The expectation is that the English show will premiere in the fall of 2020.

The original creative team, Theu Boermans (director), Edwin de Vries (script), Tom Harriman (music), Pamela Phillips Oland (lyrics), Bernhard Hammer (set) and Fred Boot (producer) are also involved in this English version. The British playwright and screenwriter, Jeremy Brock, has been added to the team to slightly adjust the script for an English-speaking audience.

The start of ticket sales will be announced at a later date. The public can keep up to date via the online newsletter, see soldiervanoranje.nl/londen.

Producer Fred Boot: “We have had the ambition and the dream for years to be able to tell the story of Erik Hazelhoff and his friends abroad. London was the location of our Queen Wilhelmina in exile and the United Kingdom plays an important role in the story. That is why the United Kingdom has always had our priority. We have adjusted the production somewhat for an international audience due to a number of minor changes to the script, but at the same time ensured that the performance remains as it has been embraced in the Netherlands. We and the whole team are very much looking forward to sharing this universal history story of a group of friends who are forced to make difficult choices under pressure of the war with the English people and international visitors. “

Soldier van Oranje – The Musical has since been seen by more than 2.8 million people. Today, on 3 April, the 2,634th performance was played in a continuous period from October 2010. The originally Dutch musical can now be seen until September 2019, bringing the nine-year anniversary in sight.

 Info and ticket sales  – SoldierOfOrange.com

IMTA New York is coming up July 15-19, and I’ll be there to judge…

I have been judging this show for International Modeling and Talent Association – the largest talent show not televised – for about 10 years.  Twice a year – in LA and in New York, I go to scout for talent.  And I have seen a lot of of very promising performers.  The show has been the springboard for Eva Longoria, Elijah Wood and Ashton Kutcher, among dozens of familiar faces.

Why do some people succeed at talent shows and others fail to be noticed? Yes, there is a reason.  The ones who grab your attention, the ones who burn themselves into your brain – have a great passion for performing, and it can be visible and evident in the smallest of performances.  It is something that takes over their entire body and mind, and spills over into the hearts and minds of the judges.  It’s not enough to have talent,  Talent is common.  Coming alive when you perform is not as common.  My suggestions to wannabes:

1)   Be prepared – your performance day is not the time to learn a new song and sing it..Know it so well that it’s second nature.

2)   Show your passion exuding from your eyes and radiating from your body.

3)   Pick appropriate material considering who you are, your age, your abilities.

4)   Know that you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

5)   Practice, rehearse, wear your performance like a second skin.

6)   Do your warm ups – singing, dancing or acting.  Get your voice ready, get limber, be happy in your skin.

7)   Connect emotionally and visually to the judges

8)   You must want it so badly you can taste it.  Maybes never win.

You have one minute to win me over.  Show me what you’ve got, I want to see it!


Musical Exchange Songwriter Series
Interview with Pamela Phillips-Oland

In the Musical Exchange Songwriter Series, we explore the craft of songwriting through regular interviews and short videos with songwriters who share inspiration and advice and reflect diverse musical styles and approaches to the art of songwriting.

Pamela Phillips Oland and Tom Harriman
on Soldier of Orange

By Tim Hayes,
ASCAP, Associate Director, Communications & Media

Karen Souza

So thrilled that Karen Souza’s wonderful album is being so highly and warmly reviewed.
Atwood Magazine (www.atwoodmagazine.com) did Karen, Davy and myself the honor of focusing the review on just our original song, “You Got That Something.”
This duet with “Japan’s Frank Sinatra,” Toku, is on Karen’s new album “Velvet Vault,” that topped the Japanese jazz charts in it’s first weeks of release in December 2017.
But the really amazing part is that they quoted so much of my lyric in the review!
Enjoy the read!


Karen Souza

Another rave review for Karen Souza’s “Velvet Vault” album.
She’s totally a bright jazz star rising on the jazz world’s horizon!
I’m particularly grateful that this reviewer too, chose to print 2 excerpts from lyrics on the album, and both were mine, from our 2 original songs on the project.
I feel so enriched by the special friendship that has developed between Karen and myself, and our continuing songwriting collaboration.
And when my lyrics themselves are reviewed…the acknowledgment by reviewers is its own reward!

Charlie Green

Charlie Green, a Britain’s Got Talent winner at just 10 years old, is now tall, handsome, 14, and just recorded his second album with producer Christian DeWalden in Milan, Italy.

3 songs will feature lyrics by Pamela, with various European composers. Charlie and Rachelle Ann Go enjoyed a hit with Pamela’s A Friend Like You in the Philippines earlier this year. Pamela’s personal favorite written for Charlie: My First Love!

Lara Cuevos – Best Performance Award

Philippine Star LARA CUEVAS was awarded the coveted BEST PERFORMANCE BY A NEW FEMALE RECORDING ARTIST at the 2011 AWIT Awards in Manila, for her song “This Moment,”

Lyrics by Pamela Phillips Oland, music by Aussie Al Taweel, produced by Christian deWalden.

Karen Souza

Karen Souza, the sultry Argentinean pop-jazz sensation currently sizzling up stages all over South America, has flown twice to Los Angeles to co-write numerous songs with Pamela Oland and Argentinean producer/composer Dany Tomas.
It has been a wonderful, soulful collaboration, and you can expect to hear great things from it, such as Lie To Me. Currently touring, she will soon begin recording.

Jorgen Thorup

The Danish artist with a flair and a sense of humor is currently on a tour of Denmark with his band promoting his new album “Good Company for the Dog”. He and Pamela Oland wrote 3 of the songs on his new album, writing in LA and Copenhagen, including the title song and his current single “Don’t Stop”.

Alana Lee

Alana Lee garnered a stunning 11 million YouTube hits on her song “Butterfly.”
Her new single “Synchronize” co-written by Pamela Oland and Steven McClintock drops this week, with a video to follow. Her meteoric rise was noted by Yahoo Finance and MarketWire August 24, 2011. She’s only 14! Wow! Can you spell Huge Future?!

Simon Lynge

Simon Lynge is truly one of the most gifted of the current crop of new pop alternative artists. A Dane-Greenlander, he constantly tours Europe and the US. He’s the spokes-musician for Norlandia Hotels. He fills arenas in London. An awesome talent! A favorite collaborator of Pamela’s. One of their several co-writes “Bird’s Eye View” remains one of his most enduring favorites and is on his album “The Future.”


Karmina is the beautiful sister duo of Kamille and Kelly Rudsin who are currently on an Apple tour of Europe, finding new devotees as they perform their beautiful harmonies and songs.
Their popular song “Guilty” from their new album “Car Train Ship Plane” was co-written with Pamela Oland at their home in Venice CA. Guilty live in London Get their album and follow their travels at: