Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato(born August 20, 1992)is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress. Her earliest roles included Angela on Barney & Friends, before she became better known for her starring roles in the Camp Rock movies, as Sonny Munroe in Sonny with a Chance, and as the star of the 2009 movie Princess Protection Program. She is also involved in philanthropic activities through charity work and various social and environmental causesAs 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. It has since shipped over 500,000 copies earing a Gold certification in the United States. Lovato stated in an interview that the album was recorded in ten days.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 on August 20, 1992 to Patrick Lovato and Dianna Hart de la Garza. She is of Mexican, Irish, and Italian descent. She has an older sister, Dallas Lovato, and a younger half sister, Madison de la Garza Her mother was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and country music recording artist; her father moved to New Mexico after their marriage ended in 1994. Lovato earned a high school diploma through homeschooling in April 2009. She began playing piano at the age of seven.
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" by Amy Adams from the film Enchanted that was released on DisneyMania 6 on May 20, 2008.In June and July 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 and the Burnin' Up Tour with the Jonas Brothers. The soundtrack to the Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock was released in June 2008. Lovato was featured on four of the tracks on the soundtrack, including "This is Me," a duet with Joe Jonas. The song peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Lovato served as the support act on 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, which 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 solo album, Don't Forget. The album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 89,000 units in its first week of release. It has since sold over 500,000 record in the US.Lovato stated in an interview that the album was recorded in ten days.The album was preceded by the lead single, "Get Back," which was released on August 12, 2008. The song reached #43 on the Billboard Hot 100. In December 2008, Lovato released her second single from the album, "La La Land," which reached #52 on the Hot 100. In March 2009, she released her third single, "Don't Forget." Reaching #41 on the Hot 100, it became her most successful solo single at the time.An extended play titled Moves Me was released in December 2008 by the Well Go USA label, but not under Lovato's support. The EP featured songs recorded by Lovato before being signed by Hollywood Records.In 2009, Lovato recorded "One and the Same" for the film Princess Protection Program. Lovato's Princess Protection Program co-star, Selena Gomez, appeared on the song.In early 2009, it was announced that Lovato would be embarking on the Summer Tour 2009 to promote her second album, which she stated would be released in the summer of 2009. The tour began on June 21, 2009 in Hartford, Connecticut and concluded on August 24, 2009 in Manchester, New Hampshire.