Demi Lovato

Background Information
Birth name: Demetria Devonne Lovato Born: August 20, 1992 (age 30) Genre: Pop rock, power pop, pop, R&B, dance Occupations: Singer-songwriter, actress, musician, The X Factor USA judge Instruments: Vocals, guitar, piano Years Active: 2002-present Labels: Hollywood Associated acts: Joe Jonas, Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus

Childhood
Lovato began playing piano at the age of seven. She also began her acting career at the age of seven on the children's television series ‘Barney & Friends’ as Angela, appearing in seasons seven and eight alongside long time friend Selena Gomez. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Lovato revealed going through painful experiences with bullying in the seventh grade. Lovato stated in an interview with ‘20/20’ in 2011 that she had had a "really unhealthy relationship with food" since age 8 due to bullying experienced as a child, and self-mutilated her wrists to cope with her emotions and depression since age 11. Lovato later became a spokesperson for anti-bullying organization PACER and appeared on ‘America's Next Top Model’ and CNN to speak out against bullying.

Acting Career
2006 – 2009
• In January 2007, she landed the role of Charlotte Adams on the Disney Channel Original Short Series, As the Bell Rings, which premiered on August 26, 2007. A few of her original songs, including "Shadow", were featured on the show. • In the summer of 2007, Lovato auditioned for the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and the television series Sonny with a Chance in the same day and got both parts. Lovato received the lead role in Camp Rock, and a record deal with Hollywood Records in early 2008. The movie premiered on June 20, 2008, in the United States on the Disney Channel with 8.9 million viewers, making Lovato a household name among young viewers. • Starting in 2009, Lovato appeared as Sonny Munroe in the Disney channel comedy Sonny With a Chance. The series debuted on February 8, 2009 in the United States. • In June 2009 Lovato co-starred in Princess Protection Program as Princess Rosalinda alongside Selena Gomez on the Disney Channel. The made-for-television movie is the third highest rated Disney Channel Original Movie, premiering on the Disney Channel with 9.8 million viewers.

Acting Career
2010 – Present
• In September 2009, production began for Camp Rock's sequel, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. The Disney Channel Original Movie premiered on September 3, 2010. The film was watched by 7.9 million viewers on its premiere night, about 1 million less viewers than its predecessor. •Lovato appeared as a guest star in an episode of the medical drama series Grey's Anatomy as a teenage patient named Hayley May, whose parents brought her in for schizophrenia. •Lovato said in an April 2012 interview with KOKO POP UK that music is currently her "top priority".

Music Career
2007 – 2009
• Lovato's music career began in 2007, when several of her original songs, including "Shadow", were included on the mini-series As the Bell Rings. In 2008, Lovato signed with Hollywood Records after getting the lead role in the film Camp Rock and providing vocals on four of the songs featured on the Camp Rock soundtrack. •In June and July 2008, Lovato performed at various House of Blues and parks for her Demi Live! Warm Up Tour in preparation for the release of her debut album and the Burnin' Up Tour with the Jonas Brothers in which she served as the support act from July through September 2008. • Lovato's debut album, Don't Forget was released on September 23, 2008. The album is of the pop-rock genre and is lyrically similar to other teen-pop albums. It peaked at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 89,000 units in its first week of release. It has since sold over 500,000 records in the US. • Lovato joined Disney's Friends for Change, an organization which promotes "environmentally-friendly behaviour," Lovato, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, and the Jonas Brothers recorded "Send It On," a charity single that served as the theme song for the organization in 2009.

Music Career
2009 – 2010
• Lovato embarked on the Summer Tour 2009 to promote her second album, Here We Go Again, released in the summer of 2009. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 108,000 records sold in its first week. The album was more inspired by acoustic music, than her debut's pop rock-influenced sound. • Lovato's South American Tour was her first international headlining tour. The tour commenced on May 23, 2010, in Santiago, Chile, and concluded on May 28, 2010, in São Paulo, Brazil. She later joined the Jonas Brothers Live in Concert tour as a special guest. • The soundtrack, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, was released on August 10, 2010. She provided vocals on nine of the songs featured on the soundtrack, including "Brand New Day", "Can't Back Down", "It's On", "You're My Favourite Song", "What We Came Here For", "This Is Our Song", "Different Summers", "It's Not Too Late" and "Wouldn't Change a Thing".

Music Career
2010 – 2011
• The soundtrack, Sonny with a Chance, was released on October 5, 2010 from Walt Disney Records. She provided vocals on four of the songs featured on the soundtrack, including "So Far, So Great", "Me, Myself and Time", "What to Do" and "Work of Art". • Lovato's third studio album, Unbroken, was released on September 20, 2011. Lovato began working on the album in July 2010, prior to receiving treatment. She had described it as having a more soulful and R&B inspired sound. • The first single off the album, "Skyscraper", premiered on July 12, 2011, as a promotional single, before the album released. The album's second single, "Give Your Heart a Break", was officially released on January 23, 2012. The song has sold over 1,000,000 digital copies and was officially certified Platinum in the United States on August 15, 2012. • Lovato's Summer Tour 2012 began on June 12, 2012 and will end on September 30, 2012. • On July 31, 2012, "Skyscraper" was nominated for "Best Video With a Message" at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, which she won.

Music Career
2012 – Present
• On April 4, 2012, it was reported that Lovato is working on her fourth studio album.

Charity
• Lovato is the spokesperson for anti-bullying organization PACER. Lovato explained to NY Post “Bullying is a very serious thing to me, I’ve witnessed it first hand – I was bullied myself when I was 12, I want to be able to help other girls around my sister’s age come into their own with a strong confidence in their skin, their size, who they are and everything about themselves.” • Lovato is also the spokesperson for the Join the Surge Campaign! and DoSomething.Org • Lovato is involved in Disney's Friends for Change, an environmentally-friendly organisation, and appears in its public service announcements to raise awareness for the cause on the Disney Channel. Lovato and Joe Jonas recorded a new song called "Make a Wave", the second charity single which serves as the theme song for Disney's Friends for Change in 2010. • Lovato has also supported charities such as DonateMyDress.org, Kids Wish Network, Love Our Children USA, ST. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and City of Hope. • To raise awareness about personal issues similar to her own, Lovato became a Contributing Editor to Seventeen magazine. She will discuss her personal issues as a part of a larger campaign called "Love is louder than the pressure to be perfect", directed towards teen girls.

The X Factor USA
• In 2012, rumours that Lovato and Miley Cyrus were in talks to be replacement judges on the season two of the American version of The X Factor, in hopes of luring a younger audience, began circulating. • Lovato reportedly signed a deal to judge the show on May 13, 2012. On May 14, 2012, it was officially confirmed that Spears and Lovato would join The X Factor USA as the two newest judges.

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• She wrote the song "For the Love of a Daughter" about her estranged father. According to UK magazine Fabulous, the song was prompted by a series of interviews given by Lovato's father in what seemed to be an attempt to cash in on his daughter's fame. Lovato says she has no interest in having a relationship with her father. • She was best friends with Selena Gomez, whom she has known since the Barney & Friends auditions. • On March 12, 2010, Lovato confirmed that she had begun dating Joe Jonas, whom she first met while filming Camp Rock in 2007. On May 24, 2010, Lovato confirmed via her official Twitter that she and Jonas were no longer together.

Personal Struggles
• On October 30, 2010, Lovato dropped out of the Jonas Brothers Live in Concert World Tour 2010 in order to enter a treatment facility to treat "physical and emotional issues". The tour was not scheduled to be complete until November 13, 2010. • On January 28, 2011, it was reported that Lovato had completed her inpatient treatment at the rehab facility and returned home to Los Angeles, where she would "continue to see doctors" to "help her work on the issues she confronted in treatment." • On March 8, 2011 an exclusive video was released on Cambio.com in which Lovato thanked her fans for their support during what she described as "the darkest time of my life" and also stated that she was excited to get back to work. • Lovato granted her first post-rehab interview to ABC, which aired on Good Morning America and 20/20 on April 22, 2011. During the interview, Lovato confirmed reports that her treatment was for bulimia and self-injury. • As part of her efforts to raise awareness about issues similar to her own, Lovato was announced in April 2011 as a Contributing Editor to Seventeen magazine. • On March 2012, Lovato released her MTV documentary special called "Stay Strong" about her time in rehab. In the documentary, she opened up about her fans, battling her eating disorders and getting back to touring.