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Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato (born August 20, 1992) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her roles as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Camp Rock and its upcoming sequel, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, and as Sonny Munroe in Sonny With a Chance. As a solo musical artist, Lovato released her debut album Don't Forget on September 23, 2008. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 selling over 89,000 copies in the first week. Lovato released her second album, Here We Go Again, on July 21, 2009. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 selling over 108,000 copies in the first week.
Lovato was born in Dallas, Texas to Patrick Lovato and Dianna Bonheur Hart De La Garza. She has an older sister, Dallas, and a younger half sister, Madison De La Garza. Her mother was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and country recording artist; her father moved to New Mexico after their marriage ended in 1994. Lovato is of Mexican, Italian, and Irish ancestry.
Lovato began her acting career at the age of seven on the children's television series Barney & Friends as Angela, appearing in seasons seven and eight alongside long time friend Selena Gomez.
2006-2008: TV guest appearances and Camp Rock
In 2006 Lovato guest starred on Prison Break as Danielle Curtin in the episode "First Down". She also appeared in the second season of the television sitcom Just Jordan as Nicole, in the episode "Slippery When Wet". In January 2007, she landed the role of Charlotte Adams on the Disney Channel Original Short Series, As the Bell Rings, which premiered on August 26, 2007. A few of her original songs, including "Shadow," were featured on the show. Upon leaving the show, her character was replaced by Lindsey Black. Lovato sang a cover of "That's How You Know" from the film Enchanted. The song was released on DisneyMania 6 on May 20, 2008.
Lovato performing in the summer of 2008.In 2008, Lovato starred in the Disney Channel film, Camp Rock. She played Mitchie Torres, a fourteen-year-old girl with hopes of becoming a singer. The movie premiered on June 20 in the USA on Disney Channel with 8.9 million viewers, making Lovato a house-hold name among tweens. She provided vocals on four of the songs featured on the Camp Rock soundtrack, including "This Is Me" featuring Joe Jonas.
2009-present: Princess Protection Program, Sonny With a Chance and Camp Rock 2
On June 26, 2009 Lovato co-starred in Princess Protection Program as Princess Rosalinda alongside Selena Gomez on Disney Channel. The TV movie is about a young Princess who is taken into custody by the Princess Protection Program and is whisked away to rural Louisiana where she must learn the ins and outs of behaving like a normal American teenager.
Next, Lovato went on to star in the Disney Channel Original Series, Sonny With a Chance, which premiered on February 8, 2009. The series' second season premiered on March 14, 2010. The show stars Lovato as Sonny who becomes the new cast member of a live comedy show, So Random!.
Production began in September 2009 for Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. The Disney Channel Original Movie is set to premiere during the summer of 2010.
In March 2010 Lovato was one of the many stars featured in a PSA for Voto Latino in order to promote the organization's "Be Counted" campaign for the 2010 U.S. Census.
On March 29, 2010 Lovato announced on her Twitter page that she would be appearing in an upcoming episode of the medical drama series Grey's Anatomy. She will be portraying a teenage patient named Hayley being treated for possible schizophrenia. The episode will air May 13, 2010 on the ABC television network.[17 Music Before any of Lovato's music was officially released a few of her original songs, including "Shadow," were featured on the show As The Bell Rings. Lovato also sang a cover of "That's How You Know" from the film Enchanted that was released on DisneyMania 6 on May 20, 2008. 2008: Tours, Camp Rock soundtrack, and Don't Forget From June 1 to July 31, 2008, Lovato performed at various House of Blues and parks for her Demi Live! Warm Up Tour in preparation for the release of her debut album Don't Forget and the Burnin' Up Tour with the Jonas Brothers. The soundtrack to the Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock was released June 17, 2008. The soundtrack debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 selling 188,000 copies in its first week. Lovato was featured on four of the tracks on the soundtrack including "This is Me", a duet with Joe Jonas. "This is Me" peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Pop 100. Lovato served as the opening act in the Jonas Brothers' Burnin' Up Tour from July through September 2008. Several concerts on the tour were filmed as footage for a 3-D concert film titled Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience that was released on February 27, 2009. Lovato was featured in the film performing "This Is Me" with Joe Jonas. On September 23, 2008, Lovato released her debut album Don't Forget. The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200. Three singles were released from the album. The album's first single, "Get Back", was released on August 12, 2008. In December 2008, the second single "La La Land" was released. In March 2009, the third single "Don't Forget" was released. 2009-present: Tours, Here We Go Again, and other projects On April 15, 2009, it was announced that Lovato would be embarking on the Summer Tour 2009 in order to promote her upcoming sophmore album. The tour began on June 21,2009 in Hartford, Connecticut and concluded on August 24, 2009 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Lovato and her band performing in her 2009 Summer TourLovato released her second studio album, Here We Go Again on July 21, 2009. The album debuted at #1 with 108,000 first-week sales. Prior to the album's release Lovato stated: "It’s going to take a different sound, so hopefully it goes over well. I sing a lot of rock, but this time I want to do more John Mayer-ish type of songs. Hopefully I can write with people like him." The first single off the album, titled the same as the album, was released on June 17, 2009. "Here We Go Again" became Lovato's highest charting song at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. During the summer of 2009 Lovato along with other Disney Channel stars took part in Disney's Friends for Change, a pro-social "green" initiative. The theme song, titled "Send It On", for the project is performed by Lovato along with Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and The Jonas Brothers. On November 10, 2009 she released a Live CD+DVD of her Walmart Soundcheck performance. On November 12 2009, she released a music video for "Remember December", the third single from Here We Go Again. She appeared on We The Kings's second studio album Smile Kid released December 8, 2009. On the album, she contributes guest vocals to the song "We'll Be a Dream". The song was released as the album's second single on March 1st, 2010. Lovato recorded vocals for the second Disney's Friends for Change single, "Make a Wave". The song is a duet with Joe Jonas. A music video for the song premiered on Disney Channel on March 14, 2010. The song was released on iTunes March 15, 2010 with all proceeds benefiting environmental charities through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF). The song will be featured in the Disney Nature film "OCEANS" released April 22, 2010 to theaters. On March 30, 2010 Lovato's South American Tour was announced through her official Myspace page. This will be her first international headlining tour. The tour kicks off May 23, 2010 in Santiago, Chile and concludes May 28, 2010 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Personal life In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Lovato admitted to going through painful experiences with bullying in the seventh grade. According to Lovato, the bullying was so bad that one day, in a fit of frustration and distress, she requested her mom give her a home-schooled education. She wrote the song "For the Love of a Daughter" about her estranged father. In an MTV interview, Lovato stated that she likes metal music, especially black metal and metalcore. She called symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir "one of her favorite live acts". On the July 24, 2009 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Lovato stated that three of her favorite bands were Abigail Williams, Job for a Cowboy, and Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. In the March 2009 issue of Teen Vogue, Lovato stated, "My first passion is music, because it comes naturally to me. Acting has been like a hobby." Lovato is a Christian and prays with her band before they perform. Her best friend is Selena Gomez, whom she has known since Lovato "asked her to sit on my jacket and draw with crayons with me" at the Barney & Friends auditions. She briefly dated Metro Station singer Trace Cyrus; the two ended their relationship in July 2009 due to conflicting schedules, according to Cyrus. On March 12, 2010, Lovato confirmed that she had begun dating Joe Jonas, whom she first met while filming Camp Rock in 2007.
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Origin: Camden, AR
Decades: 1990's and 2000's
Songwriter, arranger, and vocalist Ne-Yo was born Shaffer Smith in Arkansas and raised in Las Vegas, NV. His start in the music industry came as a songwriter. Prior to exiting his teenage years, he penned material for Youngstown and broke through in 2004 with Mario's "Let Me Love You," one of the most-played songs on urban radio stations across the U.S. In My Own Words, the second album he recorded but the first one to be released, came out in early 2006 and reached the top of the charts, supported by the number one hit "So Sick." During the same year, he appeared on Remy Ma's There's Something About Remy and Ghostface Killah's Fishscale, and he had a hand in writing a pair of Top Ten hits: Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" and Rihanna's "Unfaithful." Because of You, his second album, followed in May 2007. He has also written for Marques Houston, Cassidy, Heather Headley, and Musiq Soulchild. ~ Andy Kellman, All Music Guide
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A popular Disney Channel series starring Billy Ray Cyrus and his daughter Miley, Hannah Montana chronicles the adventures of a teenage girl who moves from Nashville, TN, to Malibu -- and also lives a double life as pop star Hannah Montana to boot. Miley Cyrus stars as Miley Stewart and Hannah, while her dad plays her father and manager on the show, Robbie Stewart. Miley Cyrus got the acting bug while on the set of her dad's show Doc, earning her first role playing a character named Kylie. She also appeared on another of her father's shows, Country Colgate Showdown, and in music videos such as Rhonda Vincent's "If Heartaches Have Wings" and movies such as Big Fish. She won the lead role in Hannah Montana, and after the show began airing in 2006 and became a hit, she began performing live as Hannah Montana, first at Walt Disney World and then as the opening act for the Cheetah Girls' tour in fall 2006. At that time, the Hannah Montana soundtrack was released. Miley Cyrus also had a record deal with Hollywood Records in the works. The second season of Hannah Montana began in spring 2007, and Hannah Montana, 2: Meet Miley Cyrus, which featured a disc of new Hannah songs and a disc of Miley songs, arrived that summer. Late that year, Cyrus embarked on the Best of Both Worlds tour, which spawned the Best of Both Worlds concert film and album in spring 2008. ~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide
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Origin: Franklin, TN
Young Miley Cyrus became an overnight sensation in 2006 as the star of the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana, but fortunately her family has had some experience with that sort of thing -- her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, went from obscurity to stardom in a few short months when the song "Achy Breaky Heart" hit the charts in 1992. The success of "Achy Breaky Heart" was hardly the only memorable event for Billy Ray that year -- on November 23, 1992, he and his wife welcomed their daughter Destiny Hope Cyrus into the world. Destiny's cheerful disposition as a child earned her the nickname Smiley, which stuck when it was shortened to Miley. Miley's career as a professional actress began in 2003, when she appeared in an episode of the television series Doc, which starred her father; the same year, she landed a small role in the Tim Burton film Big Fish. Miley developed an interest in music early on, writing songs and learning to sing while still a preteen, and in 2005 she landed a role that allowed her to put her skills in acting and music to work. Miley was cast in the title role of Hannah Montana, in which she played a teenage girl leading a double life -- by day, she's Miley Stewart, an ordinary kid dealing with school, her friends, her siblings, and all the other foibles of life for a 14-year-old, while a night she dons a wig and becomes Hannah Montana, a multi-platinum pop star whose career is guided by her dad Robby Stewart, a successful songwriter. However, Miley's friends don't know she's also Hannah, and keeping this a secret is no simple matter. Debuting in March 2006, Hannah Montana became an immediate success with young viewers, and in October, a soundtrack CD was released, featuring Miley singing eight songs from the show along with five related tracks, including a duet between Miley and her father Billy Ray on "I Learned from You." That fall, Miley hit the road, wowing audiences as the opening act for another Disney-spawned pop act, the Cheetah Girls, and in March 2007, the Hannah Montana album was reissued in a special edition featuring a bonus DVD, not long after the show's theme song, "The Best of Both Worlds," was released as a single. A second Hannah Montana album, Hannah Montana, Vol. 2: Meet Miley Cyrus, is scheduled for release on June 26, 2007. ~ Mark Deming, All Music Guide
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original Wyckoff, New Jersey
New Jersey siblings Joseph, Kevin, and Nicholas Jonas craft hook-filled power pop anthems in the vein of the Ramones, Hanson, and the Modern Lovers. The young East Coast natives -- in 2006 the trio topped out at 16, 17, and 13, respectively -- were reared in the city of Wyckoff under the tutelage of musician parents. The group formed initially around the soulful voice of Nicholas, who had wowed enough executives at Daylight/Columbia Records to warrant a solo album, but when the brothers began writing and performing new songs together, it became apparent to both band and label that something special was happening. Their full-length debut, It's About Time, was released in August 2006, followed by the eponymous Jonas Brothers in 2007. The band toured to support the album, selling out shows coast to coast including a stop at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles which was the fastest sold out show in the venue's history. The reality television show Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream followed along with Camp Rock, a 2008 original Disney Channel television movie that featured the brothers and up-and-comer Demi Lovato. The movie was watched by 8.9 million viewers and launched the Jonas Brothers single "Burnin' Up".~ James Christopher Monger, All Music Guide