Give Your Heart A Break, Demi Lovato

Did you know Hillary Clinton lists Demi Lovato among her favorite music artists?

Today I was listening to the radio in the car (imagine that) and I heard a song that had a really cool violin intro. It turned out to be Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart A Break.” I like the song– it could be a big hit for her. It sounds like something Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic fame would write, and/or something Beyonce would sing. Demi’s voice is a high-pitched, girly voice that seems digitally-altered to the max, but, none-the-less, it’s a darn catchy song.

Demi Lovato
English: Demi Lovato performing “Who’s That Boy” in Club Nokia, Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There were only two things I knew about Demi Lovato before hearing one of her songs for the first time: 1) She made headlines for cutting herself and needing rehab. 2) She is set to be a judge on Simon Cowell’s X Factor TV show with Britney Spears this year.

Turns out Demi got her start on–get this–Barney & Friends, the kids’ show so popular in the 1990s. Then she starred in “Camp Rock” movies, the Disney sitcom “Sonny with a Chance,” and the movie “Princess Protection Program.” What does all of this mean? It means she is, after Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez, THE young girl of her generation that the rest of the little girls look up to and emulate. Demi’s almost 20-years-old, and already, in her short life, she has been through enough “stuff” to write a book a lot of people would buy.

Demi Lovato went through a nervous breakdown and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

She did a lot of drinking and drugs, and eventually went to rehab, like so many other “stars” do. She has since become somewhat of a role model to young people, as she talks about her struggles, including bulimia. She champions several noble causes, so it’s encouraging to see her use her fame for good.

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It will be interesting to see if she stays clean, sober and even-keeled, or if she goes off the deep end again, becoming sad tabloid fodder like Lindsay Lohan. When X Factor starts up again, most of the attention will be on Britney Spears, who also went bonkers in the public eye. Producers obviously want to bring more young viewers to the show, so Britney and Demi will reel in teen and tween girls, eager to see their “role models” judging singers and other talented people.

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