Demi Lovato is a 25 year old singer-songwriter who went from being a Disney star to a Grammy nominated pop artist. However her career has never been
Demi Lovato is a 25 year old singer-songwriter who went from being a Disney star to a Grammy nominated pop artist. However her career has never been smooth and she has had a memorable journey that she expresses in her music.
Demi’s debut album was released on September 23, 2008. This album embraced more of her pop rock era and was co-written with the Jonas Brothers while filming Camp Rock, and the Brothers also helped produce the album. There were three singles, album title “Don’t Forget,” “La La Land,” which is about her being herself in the spotlight of Hollywood, and “Get Back,” which describes her wanting to get back in a past relationship. The tone of the album was different than other Disney stars because she had more of an edge to her music and was very rebellious with the guitar and drum in the background. According to Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic, it was “pure pop for tween people.”
Here We Go Again
The album was still residing in the “pop-rock” genre and she was still involved with Disney. Released on July 21, 2009, this album included only two singles. The album title “Here We Go Again,” which is about her debating about an absent boyfriend. The second single, released on January 2010, “Remember December” was about her wanting an ex-boyfriend to look back on their relationship. In this period, her voice was still “rock” and not fully developed due to her still being 16 years old. With her two albums, the Camp Rock movies, and her television show Sonny With A Chance, she was extremely popular in the Disney realm. But behind the scenes of the shows, she had been cutting and dealing with an eating disorder. At the age of 18, she would be sent to rehab which paused her Disney stardom.
Unbroken was her first album since she came out of rehab, where she had been diagnosed for bipolar disorder and bulimia. The difference between this album and the other two is that it goes deeper into her emotions and she slowly lets out her true personality lyrically. The genre is stated as “Pop/R&B” with Timbaland, a music producer who has worked with artists such as Drake, Rihanna, and Madonna. Another producer Toby Gad has worked on hits “All of Me” by John Legend and Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy”. The two singles were “Give Your Heart a Break,” about a complicated relationship with her boyfriend and “Skyscraper,” which states that despite her demons, she continues to fight through life. She sings alongside other artists such as Jason Derulo, Iyaz, and Missy Elliot. The album received mixed critical reviews with some praising it while others viewed Unbroken as premature. The first part of the album was more “party-like” and did not contain much sentiment. When she was released from rehab, she continued with the album and produced songs that had more of a deeper meaning. She also brought out more of her personal life with “For the Love of a Daughter,” bringing up her relationship with her estranged father. Despite reviews, Unbroken reached a high number on the charts including number four on the Billboard 200. This was a stepping stone in her career and becoming a artist outside of Disney, but there were some complications the years following.
In 2013, it was revealed that Demi had checked into a sober house for her addiction to cocaine, alcohol, and OxyContin. Released on May 10 of that year, the track stayed clear of the typical “party songs” and focused entirely on her growth. The album’s singles were “Heart Attack,” “Made in the USA,” “Neon Lights,” and “Really Don’t Care,” alongside another singer-songwriter Cher Lloyd. Lovato also had a role in co-writing every song on the album, showing more of her songwriting skills. “Warrior” is another form of “Skyscraper”, with her finding her inner self through the darkness. The ballads “Nightingale,” “In Case,” and “Shouldn’t Come Back,” bring out her emotions by mentioning people from her past and appreciating those in her present. Demi received on average positive reviews, including hitting one spot higher than Unbroken on the Billboard 200. She also went on to commit to a “Neon Lights Tour” and her very first world tour, “Demi World Tour”. However, some critics still viewed her as a teen pop sensation. Her fifth album would permanently strip that stereotype.
Released on October 16, 2015, this album is completely different from her past four. Confident brings a different sound that matches the maturity of her voice and featured on the track were rappers Sirah and Iggy Azalea. Her first single “Cool for the Summer” came out July 1 that became a popular song of the summer and hit 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her other single “Confident” was released about two months later. Other songs such as “Kingdom Come” and “Yes” displayed the dominance in her voice that was missing from her past albums. Although two songs that truly revealed her power were ballads “Stone Cold” and “Father.” “Stone Cold” held meaningful lyrics about losing someone you love, but still wishing them happiness. Her father, had passed away a few years prior. She described “Father” being a form of closure between them, despite the state of their relationship. This along with the deluxe album showed that she is coming to terms with her past and facing toward the future.
Tell Me You Love Me
Going into a slightly different spectrum of her voice, Lovato keeps a pop sound with a slight mix of R&B. Released on September 29, 2017, Demi’s sixth album would only feature two singles “Sorry Not Sorry” and album title “Tell Me You Love Me.” Lovato was a co-writer for the majority of the album except for “Lonely,” in which she collaborated with rapper Lil Wayne. This album along with the deluxe and Target edition make it a total of 17 songs with a running time of an hour. Some tracks bring up her past issues and gives the message that she is embracing herself physically and emotionally but is still working on fully overcoming them.
Demi has come a long way in overcoming her drug and alcohol addiction by being about five years sober. She has also been an advocate for mental health after her bipolar diagnosis and became a Mental Health Ambassador for Global Citizen, a platform that focuses on social issues all over the world. Although she may still struggle, she comes back to make music and speak her mind on her beliefs with confidence.