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 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 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.
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.
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, 2008 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.
In June 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 on September 3, 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. Lovata guest appeared in an episode of the medical drama series Grey's Anatomy as a teenage patient. The episode titled "Shiny Happy People" aired May 13, 2010 on the ABC television network. In a review of the episode, EW.com praised her performance stating, "I still believe that even an unbiased observer would conclude that the Disney princess did a fine job acting it up as a suicidal 16-year-old who was admitted after trying to claw her own eyes out".
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-present: Don't Forget and Here We Go Again
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 2008. 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. 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.
In early 2009, it was announced that Lovato would be embarking on the Summer Tour 2009 in order to promote her upcoming sophomore 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 Tour
Lovato 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. 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 1, 2010. The music video for the song was released on April 22, 2010 through MTV.com.
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 kicked off May 23, 2010 in Santiago, Chile and concluded May 28, 2010 in São Paulo, Brazil. On April 27, 2010 the Jonas Brothers announced their World Tour 2010 featuring Lovato as a special guest. The tour will be visiting multiple countries and continents including the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, and Europe. The North American Leg of the tour begins on July 27, 2010 in Dallas, TX and ends on October 17, 2010 in Raleigh, NC.
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. Lovato is a Christian and prays with her band before they perform.
In 2010, Lovato began dating Joe Jonas, whom she first met while filming Camp Rock in 2007. On May 24, 2010, Lovato confirmed via her official Twitter that she and Jonas were no longer together. In an interview with UsMagazine, Jonas stated, "Demi and I knew that going into our romantic relationship it may not be an easy one. I realize that over the time we have spent together that I feel I care more about our friendship right now. It was my choice to break up, but I love her as a friend. She's been there for me when I needed her. I will continue to be her friend and be there for her."
Main article: Demi Lovato discography
Don't Forget (2008)
Here We Go Again (2009)
Main article: Demi Lovato tours
Demi Live! Warm Up Tour - 2008
Burnin' Up Tour (As supporting act) - 2008
Demi Lovato Summer Tour 2009
Demi Lovato Fall Tour 2009
Demi Lovato South American Tour 2010
Jonas Brothers World Tour 2010 (As supporting act)