"Give Your Heart a Break" is Demi Lovato's big breakthrough into the pop mainstream as a young adult artist. The song reached #1 at mainstream pop radio. The success is for good reason. It is an immaculately constructed pop song co-written and co-produced by legendary pop songwriter Billy Steinberg and his current writing partner Josh Alexander.
Demi Lovato emerged from her first season as judge on X Factor USA with an even larger fan base than before the show. They eagerly awaited the single "Heart Attack" and were not disappointed. The song showcases her powerhouse vocals in an appealing pop format. "Heart Attack" was produced by the duo known as The Suspex. It reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a #1 dance club hit. It was the first single from the album Demi.
Demi Lovato returned from her stay in rehab determined to prove she was a survivor. The result was this powerful song about survival. It features one of Demi Lovato's most moving vocals alternating between fragility and strength. "Skyscraper" peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum for sales over one million.
"Don't Forget" is the title song from Demi Lovato's debut album. It tells the tale of a relationship that has fallen apart. Demi Lovato co-wrote the song with the Jonas Brothers. Musically, "Don't Forget" alternates between the brittle opening and a more muscular rock section. Demi Lovato proved she had command of vocal nuances required of an established pop artist.
For many fans, "This Is Me" was one of the first introductions to the music of Demi Lovato. She sings the song in the Disney TV movie Camp Rock with a featured vocal from Joe Jonas. Her voice is less distinctive here than on many of her solo efforts, but "This Is Me" is a memorable singalong pop hit having peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
This title cut from the album Here We Go Again brought comparisons between Demi Lovato and Kelly Clarkson. The chorus structure does sound like it could have been lifted from one of the hits by the American Idol champion. However, the breathiness in the vocals makes this distinctively a Demi Lovato song.
Demi Lovato wrote this song with William Beckett of the band The Academy Is... It was originally slated for inclusion on the 2009 album Here We Go Again, but it was decided the song was too intense for Demi Lovato's fans at the time. The ballad was a solid fit with other emotional material on the Unbroken album. "For the Love Of a Daughter" depicts the difficult relationship between Demi Lovato and her father.
Demi Lovato heads for the dance floor on this title song from her third studio album. Lyrically, it is a song about survival and heading forward with strength and a positive attitude. Musically, the dance structure is a new direction for Demi Lovato perhaps influenced by the dance hits of her close friend Selena Gomez.