Early Life and Career:
Demi Lovato was born Demetria Devonne Lovato on August 20, 1992 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She grew up in Dallas, Texas. Her mother was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. Demi Lovato began playing piano at the age of seven and made her first TV appearance as "Angela" in the children's show Barney and Friends. It was on the show that she met Selena Gomez who became one of her best friends. As a child Demi Lovato was also subjected to bullying mainly about her weight. That led to a long-term bout with bulimia.
As a teenager Demi Lovato became a regularly featured actress on the Disney channel. She starred in the series As the Bell Rings beginning in the fall of 2007. Some of her original songs were included on the show. Demi Lovato starred in the comedy series Sonny With a Chance beginning in early 2009 and continued on the show until January 2011. The role of Sonny Munroe was also include on the show-within-a-show So Random!
In June 2008 the Disney TV movie Camp Rock premiered with Demi Lovato in the lead role. Nearly 9 million viewers made her an instant star among young TV viewers. The movie included the hit single "This Is Me" recorded with Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. In the fall of 2009 Demi Lovato starred in the sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. The soundtrack album was a #3 chart hit matching the peak of the first movie's soundtrack.
Success As a Solo Recording Artist:
At the same time as she reached success starring in Camp Rock, Disney launched Demi Lovato's career as a solo recording artist. Her debut album Don't Forget was released in the fall of 2008. Many of the songs on the album were co-written with the Jonas Brothers. The album was produced by John Fields who also produced recordings by the Jonas Brothers. Don't Forget debuted at #2 on the album chart selling nearly 90,000 copies in its first week. Ultimately it was certified gold. The overall tone of the music is uptempo power pop.
Here We Go Again:
Demi Lovato's second solo album Here We Go Again was released less than a year after her first in July 2009. She began moving in a more mature musical direction with stronger emotional content while retaining a power pop edge. The album debuted at #1 on the album chart with sales of over 100,000 copies. The album's title song peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming Demi Lovato's first top 40 solo hit.
In August of 2010 Demi Lovato joined the Jonas Brothers world concert tour. However by the end of October she dropped out of the tour to enter a treatment facility to focus on "physical and emotional issues." It was revealed that she left the tour shortly after an altercation in which she punched a backup dancer on a flight out of Bogota, Colombia. Demi Lovato completed her residential treatment in late January 2011. She later revealed the treatment was for bulimia and self-injury, and she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Demi Lovato has since worked to raise awareness for the struggles of people with problems similar to her own.
Work on Demi Lovato's third solo album Unbroken began in the summer of 2010 before the Jonas Brothers world tour. Recording was put on hiatus while she entered residential treatment. Production continued in April 2011, and the first single "Skyscraper" was released in July 2011. It was a commercial and critical success reaching #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming Demi Lovato's first top 10 hit as a solo artist. Unbroken hit stores in September 2011 and debuted at #4 on the album chart. In January 2012 a second single "Give Your Heart a Break" was released. The song began a slow climb on the charts until it became Demi Lovato's first pop radio #1 in September 2012.