Lovato at the Inaugural Dignity Gala on October 18, 2013
|Born||Demetria Devonne Lovato
August 20, 1992
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Occupation||Singer, songwriter, philanthropist, actress|
|Home town||Dallas, Texas, U.S.|
|Television||Barney and Friends, Sonny with a Chance, The X Factor, Glee|
|Relatives||Madison De La Garza (half-sister)|
|Associated acts||Jonas Brothers, Avril Lavigne, Cher Lloyd, Fifth Harmony|
Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato (born August 20, 1992) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter who made her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends. In 2008, Lovato rose to prominence in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records. She released her debut album, Don't Forget, that September; it has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 530,000 copies. In 2009 Lovato received her own television series, Sonny with a Chance. That July her second album, Here We Go Again, debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200; its title track became her first single to break the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 15, and being certified Platinum.
After the release of additional television films and their soundtracks in 2010, Lovato's personal issues put her career on hiatus and ended Sonny with a Chance after its second season. Her third album, Unbroken (2011), addresses several of her difficulties. Its lead single, "Skyscraper", became Lovato's first single at the time to be certified platinum in the United States; its second single, "Give Your Heart a Break", was certified triple platinum. Lovato was as a judge and mentor on the American version of The X Factor in 2012 and 2013. Her fourth album, Demi (2013), had first-week sales of 110,000 copies (the best debut week of Lovato's recording career). Demi was preceded by its lead single, "Heart Attack" (certified triple platinum in the United States), that February. In September 2013 Lovato announced plans for a North American leg of her third headlining concert tour, the Neon Lights Tour, to promote Demi. In May 2014 (shortly after the tour) Lovato announced her fourth concert tour, the Demi World Tour, also in support of Demi. This would mark Lovato's first world tour. A total of four singles were released from Demi, including "Made in the USA", "Neon Lights", which was certified Platinum in the US, and her latest single "Really Don't Care".
During her musical career, Lovato has made a number of concert tours. In 2008, she was the opening act for the Jonas Brothers' Burnin' Up Tour and Avril Lavigne's Best Damn Tour. Later that year Lovato began her first promotional tour, the Demi Live! Warm Up Tour. Since then, she has made two headlining concert tours: Demi Lovato: Live in Concert and A Special Night with Demi Lovato. Lovato has received a number of accolades, including an MTV Video Music Award, thirty one Teen Choice Awards nominations (twelve of which she won), five People's Choice Awards, two ALMA awards and a Billboard Touring Award. In 2013, Maxim ranked her 26th on its Hot 100 list and Billboard ranked her second on its Social 50 Artists of the Year list. Outside the entertainment industry, Lovato is involved with several social and environmental causes. In May 2013, she was cited 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 the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Washington, D.C.. She has also become an advocate for the LGBT community. In 2014 she was announced as the Grand Marshal for LA PRIDE week, and that same year she became the face for HRC's America's for Marriage Equality Campaign.
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Philanthropy
- 3 Artistry
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Discography
- 7 Concert tours
- 8 Publications
- 9 Awards and nominations
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Life and career
1992–2006: Early life and career beginnings
Demetria Devonne Lovato was born on August 20, 1992 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to engineer and musician Patrick Martin Lovato (1960 — June 22, 2013) and former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Dianna Lee Hart (born Dianna Lee Smith August 8, 1962). Lovato has an older sister, Dallas (born February 4, 1988); a younger maternal half-sister, actress Madison De La Garza, and an older paternal half-sister, Amber, to whom she first spoke when she was 20. Her parents divorced in the late summer of 1994, shortly after her second birthday. Lovato's father is of Mexican and Spanish descent, and she also has Irish, Italian and English ancestry. Patrick's patrilineal great-grandmother, Maria Cristina Perea, was a daughter of Civil War Union veteran Francisco Perea (1830–1913) and a great-granddaughter of Santa Fe de Nuevo México governor Francisco Xavier Chávez.
Lovato was raised in Dallas, Texas. With her friend Selena Gomez, she began her acting career on the children's television series Barney & Friends as Angela. She began playing piano at age seven and guitar at ten, when she also began dancing and acting classes. Lovato told Ellen DeGeneres that she was bullied so badly that she asked for homeschooling, and she received her high-school diploma through homeschooling in April 2009. She later became a spokesperson for the anti-bullying organization PACER and appeared on America's Next Top Model to speak out against bullying. In 2006 Lovato appeared on Prison Break, and on Just Jordan the following year. Lovato had experienced depression, an eating disorder and self-harm before going into rehab in November 2010.
2007–08: Camp Rock and Don't Forget
In 2007 and 2008 Lovato played Charlotte Adams on the Disney Channel short series, As the Bell Rings. In one day she auditioned for the channel's television film Camp Rock and series Sonny with a Chance during the summer of 2007, and got both parts. Lovato played the lead character, aspiring singer Mitchie Torres, in Camp Rock. The film premiered on June 20, 2008 to 8.9 million viewers. Its soundtrack was released three days earlier; however, the music was considered less current than that of High School Musical. Gillian Flynn of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Lovato's acting skills were underwhelming and she "has the knee-jerk smile of someone who is often told she has a great smile". Lovato sang four songs on the soundtrack, including "We Rock" and "This Is Me". That summer, she began her Demi Live! Warm Up Tour before the release of her debut album and appeared on the Jonas Brothers' Burnin' Up Tour.
Lovato's debut album, Don't Forget, was released on September 23, 2008. Michael Slezak of Entertainment Weekly said, "Demi Lovato might satisfy her 'tween fans but she won't be winning any rockers over with Don't Forget". The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 89,000 copies. Ten of its songs were co-written with the Jonas Brothers. Don't Forget was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales of over 500,000 copies. Its lead single, "Get Back", was praised for its pop rock style and peaked at number 43 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The album's second single, "La La Land", was cited for its strong rock elements and peaked at number 52 in the U.S.
2009–10: Sonny With a Chance and Here We Go Again
In 2009 Lovato recorded "Send It On", a charity single and the theme song for Disney's Friends for Change, with friends Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. All proceeds from the song were donated to environmental charities supported by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. Lovato's Disney Channel sitcom Sonny with a Chance, with her character Sonny Munroe the newest cast member of the show-within-a-show So Random!, premiered on February 8. Lovato's acting ability was described by Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times as "very good", and he compared her favorably to Hannah Montana star (and friend) Miley Cyrus. That June, she co-starred as Princess Rosalinda with Selena Gomez in the Disney Channel film, Princess Protection Program. The film, the third highest-rated Disney Channel original movie, premiered to 8.5 million viewers.
Lovato's second album, Here We Go Again, was released on July 21, 2009; she described its acoustic style as similar to that of John Mayer. The album received favorable reviews from critics who appreciated its enjoyable pop-rock elements, echoing reviews of Don't Forget. Lovato's first number-one album, it debuted atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 108,000 copies. Before its release, she began her Summer Tour 2009. The singles "Here We Go Again" and "Remember December" were considered the album's highlights by Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic. Peaking at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, "Here We Go Again" was Lovato's first solo top-40 hit; "Remember December" peaked at number 80 on the UK Singles Chart.
The entertainer made her first 40-city national concert tour, Live in Concert, in support of Here We Go Again. The tour, from June 21 to August 21, 2009, had David Archuleta, KSM and Jordan Pruitt as opening acts and Lovato and Archuleta received the Choice Music Tour award at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards.
In March 2010, Lovato and Joe Jonas recorded "Make a Wave" as the second charity single for Disney's Friends for Change. In May Lovato guest-starred as a teenage schizophrenic in the sixth-season Grey's Anatomy episode, "Shiny Happy People". Although critics praised her versatility, they were underwhelmed by her acting and felt that her appearance was designed primarily to attract viewers. Later that year she headlined her first international tour, the South American Tour, and joined the Jonas Brothers Live in Concert tour as a guest.
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, with Lovato reprising her role as Mitchie Torres, premiered on September 3, 2010. Critics were ambivalent about the film's plot, and it has a 40-percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, Lovato's performance was called "dependably appealing" by Jennifer Armstrong of Entertainment Weekly. The film premiered to eight million viewers, the number-one cable-television movie of the year by the number of viewers. Its accompanying soundtrack was released on August 10 with Lovato singing nine songs, including "Can't Back Down" and "Wouldn't Change a Thing". The soundtrack debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 41,000 copies. The Jonas Brothers' 2012 World Tour was reworked to incorporate Lovato and the rest of the film's cast; it began on August 7, two weeks later than planned. The Sonny with a Chance soundtrack was released on October 5; Lovato sang on four tracks, including "Me, Myself and Time". It debuted (and peaked) at number 163 on the Billboard 200, her lowest-selling soundtrack.
2010–12: Personal struggles, Unbroken, and The X Factor
On October 30, 2010 Lovato withdrew from the Jonas Brothers Live in Concert tour, entering a treatment facility for "physical and emotional issues". It was reported that she decided to enter treatment after punching female backup dancer Alex Welch, which led to an intervention by her management and family, and she took "100 percent, full responsibility" for the incident. On January 28 Lovato completed inpatient treatment at Timberline Knolls and returned home, acknowledging that she had had bulimia, harmed herself and was "self-medicating" with drugs and alcohol "like a lot of teens do to numb their pain". She added that she "basically had a nervous breakdown" and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during her treatment. Lovato later admitted that she had used cocaine several times a day and smuggled cocaine and alcohol onto airplanes. In April she became a contributing editor for Seventeen magazine, describing her struggles.
That month Lovato also announced her departure from Sonny with a Chance, putting her acting career on hiatus and ending the series; she later said that she would return to acting when she felt confident doing so. Her departure led to the spin-off series So Random! with the Sonny cast, featuring sketches from the former show-within-a-show. The series was cancelled after one season.
Lovato released her third album, Unbroken, on September 20, 2011. Begun in July 2010, the album experimented with R&B and featured less pop rock. The stylistic change received mixed reviews from critics, who saw a growth in musicianship because of her struggles but found the music more generic than her previous efforts. The lead single, "Skyscraper", was acclaimed for its messages of self-worth and confidence and it peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Unbroken's second single, "Give Your Heart a Break", peaked at number 16 in the U.S. "Skyscraper" was certified platinum and "Give Your Heart a Break" double platinum. Lovato made her Summer Tour 2012 from June through September, and it was later continued in the U.S. as A Special Night with Demi Lovato. "Skyscraper" received the Best Video With a Message award at the September 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
In March 2012 MTV aired a documentary (Stay Strong) about Lovato's rehab and recovery, and she began work on her fourth album the following month. In May she became a judge for the second season of the American version of The X Factor, with a reported salary of one million dollars. Joining Britney Spears, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid, it was speculated that she was chosen to attract a younger audience. Mentoring the Young Adults category, her final act (CeCe Frey) finished sixth. At the Minnesota State Fair in August, Lovato announced that after a pre-show performance at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards she would release a single by December.
On December 24, she released a video on her YouTube account of herself singing "Angels Among Us" dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. In January 2013, it was reported that Lovato had been living in a sober-living facility in Los Angeles for more than a year because she felt it was the best way to avoid returning to her addictions and eating disorder.
2013–present: Demi and upcoming fifth studio album
On February 24 "Heart Attack" debuted on the On Air with Ryan Seacrest radio show as the lead single from Lovato's fourth album, Demi. The song was praised for incorporating electropop and acoustic guitar-and-drum instrumentation. It debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100, with first-week sales of 215,000 copies. "Heart Attack" had the third-highest opening-week sales of 2013, behind Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" and Ariana Grande's "The Way". The song peaked at number 10 (Lovato's third showing in the US top ten), and was also successful in Australia and Spain. In March she was confirmed as returning for the The X Factor's third season, with her salary reportedly doubling. Lovato performed at the Twin Towers Alive Concert 2013 at the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 22, 2013 with the Backstreet Boys.
Demi was released on May 10, 2013. Breaking with Unbroken's R&B, the album features electro- and teen pop. Although Jon Carmichael of The New York Times found Lovato's transition fun, according to Entertainment Weekly it signified a less-mature image. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 110,000 copies, the best-selling debut week of Lovato's career. It was also successful internationally, charting in the top ten in New Zealand, Spain and the UK. On June 11 Lovato released an e-book, Demi, on iBooks. She made her directorial debut co-directing the music video for the second single from Demi, "Made in the USA". Lovato contributed to the The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack album with "Heart by Heart".
On August 22, it was announced that Lovato had agreed to appear in at least six episodes of the fifth season of Glee. She played Dani, a struggling New York-based artist who befriends Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera) and interacts with fellow newcomer Adam Lambert's character. Lovato debuted in the season's second episode, which aired on October 3. On November 19 she released a book, Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year, which topped the New York Times bestseller list. The entertainer has agreed to write a memoir, which is expected to be published in 2014. The third season of The X Factor premiered on November 21, with Lovato mentoring the Girls category. Her final two acts (Rion Paige and Ellona Santiago) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Lovato announced her upcoming Neon Lights Tour (including a Canadian leg) on September 29, 2013. On October 21 she released "Let It Go" for the Disney film Frozen, which was released in theaters on November 27, and the song was promoted as the single for the film's soundtrack. Its music video was released on November 1. The third single from Demi, "Neon Lights", was released on November 19.
On December 18, Lovato confirmed that she would not return to the The X Factor for a fourth season to focus on touring and recording her fifth album: "I've already started recording for my new album, and I have plans to record during the tour. The sound just evolves into everything that I've been and everything that I want to become." She also said, "I've never been so sure of myself as an artist when it comes down to confidence, but not only personal things, but exactly what I want my sound to be and what I know I'm capable of and this album will give me the opportunity to show people what I can really do."
On February 9, 2014 Lovato began the Neon Lights Tour, her third headlining concert tour; the North and South American tour would last until May 17. On May 11, in conjunction with the first anniversary of Demi's release, she announced its fourth single; "Really Don't Care"'s music video was released three days later.
On May 18, it was announced that Lovato would be featured on "Somebody to You" from The Vamps' debut album, Meet the Vamps. On May 29 she announced her fourth concert tour (and first world tour, covering 25 cities), the Demi World Tour, and its first North American dates. In November 2014, Lovato will open the UK shows on Enrique Iglesias's Sex and Love Tour.
In May 2009, Lovato was named an Honorary Ambassador of Education by the American Partnership For Eosinophilic Disorders. As part of her involvement with Disney's Friends for Change, Lovato, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers recorded the initiative's theme song ("Send It On") in 2009. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 20, and its proceeds were directed to environmental charities through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. Lovato and Joe Jonas recorded another song, "Make a Wave", for the charity in March 2010. She is also spokesperson for the Join the Surge Campaign!, DoSomething.Org and Joining the Surge by Clean & Clear; the latter is a national campaign encouraging teenagers to take action in their communities.
Lovato was featured in a January 2010 public-service announcement for Voto Latino to promote the organization's "Be Counted" campaign preparing for the 2010 United States Census. In October 2010 she was the spokeswoman for the anti-bullying organization, PACER. Lovato participated in the "A Day Made Better" school-advocacy campaign and has supported DonateMyDress.org, Kids Wish Network, Love Our Children USA, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and City of Hope. In April 2012 she became a contributing editor of Seventeen magazine, describing her personal struggles to its female teenage audience. In October Lovato was named the ambassador of Mean Stinks, a campaign focused on eliminating bullying by girls. In May 2013 she was cited for her dedication as a mentor to teens and young adults with mental-health problems at a National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Washington. In late June 2013 Lovato announced the creation of the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program, named for her late father, to pay treatment costs for mentally-ill patients. In August 2013, she traveled to Kenya for her 21st birthday to participate in a program of the international charity organization Free the Children.
In May 2014, Lovato was named the LA Pride Parade Grand Marshal and the lead performer for NYC Pride Week for her contribution to the LGBT community. NYC Pride spokesperson Patti Diluigi said, "Demi Lovato is an amazing role model for today's youth, both LGBT and non-LGBT, for her activism in the area of equality, positive messaging on body image, and level of openness with her struggles. As a community, we're fortunate to have an ally like Demi." Demi Lovato has also become the face of Human Rights Campaign's America's for Marriage Equality. For the announcement of the campaign, Lovato stated "Whether you're LGBT or straight, your love is valid, beautiful and an incredible love. So let's protect love and strengthen the institution of marriage by allowing loving, caring and committed same-sex couples to legally marry. Please join me and the majority of American citizens who support marriage equality."
Lovato has listed Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Billy Gilman and Billie Holiday among her musical influences. About Gilman she said, "We had the same voice range when I was young. I would practice to his songs all the time." Lovato listened to metal music in her teens, and has said that John Mayer's songwriting has been a "huge influence" on her. After the release of Unbroken, she said that her musical styles have shifted towards hip hop and R&B. Lovato said about her admiration for Clarkson, "I just thought she was a great role model. She was never publicly seen drinking and driving or wearing really scandalous clothes or anything like that. I feel like she set a really great example and she was extremely talented." Lovato's Neon Lights Tour was "inspired by Beyoncé."
Lovato is a mezzo-soprano. and has been complimented throughout her career for her voice. Nick Levine of Digital Spy commented on her vocals, for her album Don't Forget, stating "she's certainly a stronger singer than the Jonases. In fact, her full-bodied vocal performances are consistently impressive." Becky Brain of Idolator wrote that Lovato has a "killer voice and the A-list material to put it to good use". According to Sophie Schillaci of the The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainer "has a voice that can silence even the harshest of critics. Something not often found in her peers." For Lovato's second studio album, 'Here We Go Again,' Jeff Miers from The Buffalo News wrote "Unlike so many of her Disney-fied peers, Lovato can really sing" and wrote that it was "refreshing" that Lovato does not need Auto-Tune "to mask any lack of natural ability". Upon working with Lovato on her third studio album 'Unbroken,' Ryan Tedder stated "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". He also commented on their work together on the song 'Neon Lights,' from Lovato's fourth studio album, stating "She in pop music has one of the biggest ranges, possibly the highest full voice singer I've ever worked with." Tamsyn Wilce from Alter The Press commented on her vocals on 'DEMI', stating "it shows just how strong her vocal chords are and the variation of styles that she can completely work to make her own." In a review for the 'Neon Lights Tour,' Mike Wass from Idolator commented "you don't need shiny distractions when you can belt out songs like Demi and connect with the crowd on such an emotional level."
In March 2009 Lovato said, "My first passion is music, because it comes naturally to me. Acting has been like a hobby." In 2010, she briefly dated Joe Jonas. On her eighteenth birthday, she bought a Mediterranean-style house in Los Angeles; however, she decided to live in a "sober house" in Los Angeles after leaving rehab in January 2011.
Lovato had no interest in forging a relationship with her late father, Patrick, after his divorce from her mother. He is the subject of "For the Love of a Daughter", reportedly prompted by a series of interviews he gave to profit from her fame. Patrick died of cancer on June 22, 2013, at age 53. After his death Lovato said that he had been mentally ill, and in his honor she created the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program.
Lovato is a Christian, praying with her band before they perform, and an active supporter of gay rights. When the Defense of Marriage Act was repealed in June 2013, she tweeted: "Gay, straight, lesbian, bi. ... No one is better than any one else. What an incredible day for California AND for equality." Lovato later said, "I believe in gay marriage, I believe in equality. I think there's a lot of hypocrisy with religion. But I just found that you can have your own relationship with God, and I still have a lot of faith." In an early November 2013 interview with Latina magazine, she said: "I'm the closest I've ever been with God. I have my own relationship with God and that's all that matters," and that she finds spirituality to be important part of maintaining balance in life.
On December 23, 2011, Lovato posted a message on Twitter criticizing her former network for airing episodes of Shake It Up and So Random! in which characters joked about eating disorders. Disney Channel publicity officials quickly took action, apologizing to Lovato and removing the episodes from the network's broadcast and video on demand sources after additional criticism (following Lovato's post) on the network's public-relations account.
|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)|
|2012||Demi Lovato: Stay Strong||Herself||MTV Documentary|
|2002–04||Barney & Friends||Angela||Recurring role|
|2006||Prison Break||Danielle Curtin||Episode: "First Down"|
|2007–08||As the Bell Rings||Charlotte Adams||Main role (season 1)|
|2007||Just Jordan||Nicole||Episode: "Slippery When Wet"|
|2008||Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream||Herself||2 episodes|
|2008||Studio DC: Almost Live||Herself||The Second Show|
|2009–11||Sonny with a Chance||Sonny Munroe||Lead role; Disney Channel Original Series|
|2010–11||Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||Herself||2 episodes|
|2010||Grey's Anatomy||Hayley||Episode: "Shiny Happy People"|
|2011||Keeping Up with the Kardashians||Herself||Episode: "Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event, Part 2"|
|2012||Punk'd||Herself||Episode: "Nick Cannon"|
|2012–13||The X Factor||Herself||Judge/mentor|
|2013–14||Glee||Danielle "Dani"||Recurring role; season 5 (4 episodes)|
- Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year, Feiwel & Friends (November 19, 2013) ISBN 978-1-250-05144-8
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