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Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato (born August 20, 1992)[1] is an American singer-songwritermusician and actress. She made her debut as child actress in Barney & Friends. In 2008, she came to prominence as a starring cast member in the television film Camp Rock. She signed to Hollywood Records the same year, and released her debut studio album Don't Forget in September 2008. It has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In 2009, Lovato was commissioned her own television series Sonny with a Chance. That year, her second album Here We Go Again became her first to debut atop the U.S. Billboard200.

After the release of additional television films and their accompanying soundtracks in 2010, Lovato's personal struggles sent her acting career into hiatus. Her third album Unbroken (2011) addresses several of her difficulties, notably her lead single "Skyscraper" which became her first single to go Platinum in the United States. The second single from the album "Give Your Heart a Break" became a breakout song for Lovato, becoming her biggest radio hit at the time and being certified 2x Platinum in the United States. Since 2012, Lovato has served as a judge and mentor on the American version of The X Factor. Her fourth album Demi (2013) was preceded by its lead single "Heart Attack" which broke new ground again, going 2x Platinum in the US and becoming her first international hit in countries such as the UK, debuting and peaking at number 3 in its first week.

Throughout her music career, Lovato has embarked on several concert tours. In 2008, she served as the opening act for the Jonas Brothers' Burnin' Up Tour and Avril Lavigne's Best Damn Tour. Later that year, she embarked on her first promotional tour, the Demi Live! Warm Up Tour. Since then she has held two headlining concert tours, Demi Lovato: Live in Concert and A Special Night with Demi Lovato. Her work has additionally earned several accolades, including one MTV Video Music Award, twenty five Teen Choice Awards nominations, eleven of which she has won, four People's Choice Awards, one ALMA award, a Billboard Touring Award and several others. In 2013 she was also named 26th on Maxims Hot 100, and 2nd on Billboards Social 50 Artists of the Year. Outside of her work in the entertainment industry, Lovato is involved in philanthropic activities through charity work and various social and environmental causes. In May 2013, she was awarded for her dedication as a mentor to teens and young adults with mental health challenges at a National Children's Mental Health Awareness day hosted by SAMHSA in Washington.

ArtistryEdit

InfluencesEdit

[1][2]Lovato performing inSpringfield, Illinois, 2012

Lovato has cited John Mayer, with whom she worked on her second album Here We Go Again, as one of her "biggest musical influences".[128] Other musical influences includeKelly ClarksonChristina AguileraAretha FranklinParamoreGladys KnightBilly GilmanBillie HolidayWhitney Houston, and Beyoncé Knowles.[129][130] She said of Gillman: "We had the same voice range when I was young. I would practice to his songs all the time."[129] She has also added that she likes black metal and metalcore music, callingsymphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir "one of her favorite live acts".[131] On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in July 2009, Lovato stated that three of her favorite bands were metalcore/symphonic black metal band Abigail Williamsdeathcore band Job for a Cowboy and southern metal band Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. She listed songs by Jon McLaughlinEminemSam Cooke, and the contemporary Christian music artists Stacie OrricoMercyMeBarlowGirl, and Bethany Dillon as her favorite songs, explaining they keep her feeling positive and remind her to stay strong.[132] She said she is a fan of Britney Spears, calling her "the epitome of pop."[133] Following the release of Unbroken, she commented that her musical styles have shifted towards hip-hop and R&B, adding that Rihanna is one of her favorite R&B artists.[130] Additionally, she listed Bruce Springsteenas a musical role model.[134]

VoiceEdit

Lovato possesses a mezzo-soprano[135] vocal range and her vocals have been met with positive responses from music critics. Nick Levine of Digital Spy commented that her vocals on Don't Forget were "consistently impressive".[136] Singer and producer Ryan Tedder who worked on Unbroken said that "Demi blew me out of the water vocally! I had no idea how good her voice is. She's one of the best singers I've ever worked with. Literally, that good... I mean, she's a Kelly Clarkson-level vocalist. And Kelly has a set of pipes."[137] Becky Brain of Idolator wrote Lovato has a "killer voice and the A-list material to put it to good use".[138] The Hollywood Reporter writer Sophie Schillaci stated she "has a voice that can silence even the harshest of critics. Something not often found in her peers."[139]

Public imageEdit

Lovato is a Christian and prays with her band before they perform.[9] She has described herself as very spiritual rather than very religious and confirmed her belief in God.[140]She is best friends with Selena Gomez, whom she met at the auditions for Barney & Friends.[141] Lovato was a vegetarian, but since entering treatment, has started eating meat.[142]

In March 2009, Lovato commented "My first passion is music, because it comes naturally to me. Acting has been like a hobby."[143] In 2010, Lovato briefly dated Joe Jonas.[144][145] Later that year, on her eighteenth birthday, she bought her family a 2.25 million Mediterranean-style house in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles; she described giving to her family as the "best present" she had received.[146][147] Lovato also purchased their current $1.88 million home in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles when she was 16.[148]

On December 23, 2011, Lovato posted a message on Twitter criticizing her former network for airing episodes of Shake It Up and So Random! which featured characters making jokes about eating disorders. Disney Channel publicity officials quickly took action and apologized to Lovato, then removed those episodes from the network's airing cycle and video on demand sources, after further criticism in the wake of Lovato's message to the network's public relations account.[149]

Lovato has stated that she had no interest in having a relationship with her estranged father Patrick; she wrote the song "For the Love of a Daughter" about him, which was reportedly prompted by a series of interviews given by her father to benefit himself from her fame.[150] Lovato's father passed away around June 22, 2013, at the age of fifty four, from cancer.[151] Shortly after his passing, Lovato spoke lovingly of her father to the media, and revealed he had been suffering from a mental illness.[151][152] Lovato also announced that in honor of her father she has created the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program, to help a person suffering from mental illness by paying for treatment.[151][152][153]

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Camp Rock Mitchie Torres TV film (Disney Channel Original Movie)
2009 Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience Herself Concert film
2009 Princess Protection Program Princess Rosalinda/Rosie Gonzalez TV film (Disney Channel Original Movie)
2010 Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam Mitchie Torres TV film (Disney Channel Original Movie)
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002–04 Barney & Friends Angela Recurring role
2006 Prison Break Danielle Curtin "First Down" (season 2: episode 4)
2007–08 As the Bell Rings Charlotte Adams Main role (season 1)
2007 Just Jordan Nicole "Slippery When Wet" (season 2: episode 6)
2008 Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream Herself "Hello Hollywood" (season 1: episode 7)

"Keeping It Real" (season 2: episode 3)

2009–11 Sonny with a Chance Sonny Munroe Lead role; Disney Channel Original Series
2010–11 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Herself "The Williams Family" (season 7: episode 23)

"The Walker Family" (season 9: episode 9)

2010 Grey's Anatomy Hayley "Shiny Happy People" (season 6: episode 22)
2011 Keeping Up with the Kardashians Herself "Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event, Part 2" (season 6: episode 15)
2012 Punk'd Herself "Nick Cannon" (season 9: episode 6)
2012–present The X Factor Herself Judge/mentor

DiscographyEdit

Concert toursEdit

Headlining
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Opening act
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