Singer, songwriter, actor and LGBTQ+ activist, Demi Lovato has cemented their position as an icon in the music industry. In today’s Artists in Focus blog, we’re talking all about their incredible career.
Disney and Beyond
We’re kicking it off with a nod to where it all began. Much like our girl Miley, Demi started out in the world of Disney with their parts in Barney & Friends and more importantly, Camp Rock, where they really entered the public eye. It was a song from the Camp Rock soundtrack, “This Is Me”, a duet with Joe Jonas, that would be their first song in the Billboard Hot 100 – the first of many of course!
Signing with Hollywood Records was the next step in their career, and the 2008 pop rock album Don’t Forget was not far behind. Including 10 songs co-written with the Jonas Brothers, the album was pretty well received and went to number 2 on the Billboard 200, so not bad for a debut album at all. And only a year later, Lovato’s second album reached the number 1 spot.
Wider Rep Winners!
We must say, we have a particular soft spot for their fourth album, Demi. It contains two songs which we absolutely adore, so much so that we’ve put them on our Wider Repertoire list for Grade 8 Vocals. Unlike their previous albums which were centred more on the pop rock and ballad sound, this one had serious EDM influence, and did so pretty successfully as the album reached the number one spot on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Lovato is an incredibly talented vocalist, and their range is jaw-dropping. They can comfortably sing three octaves over middle C, and have a whistle register too – mind-blowing! Considering this huge talent and success of the Demi album, both “Heart Attack” and “Neon Lights” are on the Wider Repertoire list and we love it when people choose these for their grade.
Demi has released many more successful albums, and is currently managed by world famous record executive Scooter Braun, who you may have heard of before due to his public dispute with Taylor Swift. Over the years, Demi has sold millions of records and received countless awards.
In March 2021, Demi began publicly referring to themselves as queer, pansexual and sexually fluid, saying that “I’ve always known I was hella queer, but I have fully embraced it”. In the same month, a four-part documentary series was released on YouTube, all about their personal and musical life over the last three years. The series also announced their newest album for release in April 2021, Dancing with the Devil… the Art of Starting Over, which they said would be “the non-official soundtrack to the documentary”.
It was then in May 2021 that Lovato came out as non-binary on Twitter, officially changing their pronouns to they/them.
They have always been a fantastic supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, consistently using their platform to bring attention to important issues. They have been lead performer at numerous Pride parades, celebrated the appeal of the Defence of Marriage Act, and became the face of Human Rights Campaign’s America’s for Marriage Equality in 2015. What a legend.