10 Questions with ... Demi Lovato
January 6, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Growing up on camera puts a lot of pressure on anyone. No one has been more open about the challenges, pressures and excitement of coming through the other side from child star to adult than Demi Lovato. She's definitely come a long way since her days as a Disney Princess on Barney to become a true pop star who speaks her mind unabashedly.
She has released four studio albums: Don't Forget, Here We Go Again, Unbroken and Demi. All have seen incredible success and have produced chart-topping singles such as "Here We Go Again," 'Skyscraper." "Give Your Heart A Break," "Heart Attack," "Made In The USA" and many others.
1) Can your fans expect to hear some new music from you soon?
I'm always writing and trying to get into the studio in between tour dates. I am hoping to release my fifth album this year, but we'll see!
2) You had an episode arc on Glee and you were a judge on X Factor. Are there any plans to go back to acting?
Being on TV is always a fun experience, so it's definitely something I hope to do again in the near future, but right now I'm focusing on my music. I recently wrapped the North American leg of my World Tour and will be heading to Europe to tour with Enrique Iglesias this November, so my music has definitely been a focal point.
3) What song or songs did you wish were released as a single that weren't?
I really love "Warrior" - I think it would have been a great single, but I'm glad I got to showcase it at my concerts as a very intimate, passionate part of the show with just me and the piano. It was a really special way to celebrate the song.
4) Who would you like to collaborate with next? What do you look for/what is important in someone who you want to collaborate musically with?
Everyone knows that I would love to collaborate with Kelly Clarkson, but I also think Ed Sheeran is amazing! When collaborating, it's important that you have similar styles of music and want to explore the same ideas, so I tend to pair with people who want to make honest music with a bit of an edge to it.
5) How has your songwriting and music changed since you've gone through treatment?
You can see in my music that I've definitely grown and matured. I've really been able to tap into the importance of drawing from life events when I write. But at the same time, I try to make sure that I show how these specific milestones in my life are relatable to my Lovatics or to the person listening on the radio.
6) What do you want your fans to get out of your book, "Staying Strong?" Are you planning on writing another one? A memoir?
My book is a reminder of how important it is to sit back and reflect. It shows how sometimes you are vulnerable and sometimes you're on top of the world, but it's important to cherish every day and remember that you are beautiful and loved even when times are hard. I just released "Staying Strong: A Journal," which is a companion to my book -- it was designed for my fans, to encourage them to keep journals of their own and to help them stay strong.
7) You are a role model and inspiration to a lot of young women and even grown women. Who do you admire or look up to personally? Anyone in the business?
I've always admired Kelly Clarkson; she is amazing and has been such an inspirational role model to young woman in the industry. I also love Beyonce because she's so incredibly talented and such an icon.
8) What's been your favorite venue to perform at and why? What's been a favorite crowd?
Wow, that's a hard one! I don't think I could actually choose a favorite because each show is so different and each audience brings something new. However, I do always love going home to Texas!
9) When you aren't performing and/or writing new material, what do you like to do in your spare time?
If I have a day off, I throw on some comfy clothes and catch up on my favorite TV shows - lately I've been watching a lot of Scandal and The Following.
10) What piece of advice would you give a musician just getting started?
One of the most important things to remember as you start out in this business is to stay true to yourself and your vision as an artist. It's easy to try to be what the industry wants you to be, but you can never really break through if you don't put yourself in your work.
Interview by Leah Adams - All Access.