Demi Lovato to release Here We Go Again
Today marks the release of Demi Lovato's album Here We Go Again! The sophomore effort from the teen sensation features new, very personal songs that were written with a goal to "inspire people, to help them get through whatever they're going through in their lives." Demi continues, "That's the ultimate goal with every piece of music I make." On her 2008 debut album Don't Forget, Demi collaborated with long-time friends and tour mates the Jonas Brothers, while Here We Go Again finds her branching out as a writer with such bold-faced names as John Mayer, "Torn" songwriter Anne Preven and singer-songwriter Jon McLaughlin. She also wrote again with Nick Jonas on the soulful, searching "Stop The World."
Artist: Demi Lovato
Title: Here We Go Again
Release date: 07/21/09
Label: Hollywood Records
Single: Get Back
Buy at: Amazon
Demi Lovato had lofty goals for Here We Go Again: “I wanted not only to make a great album, but I also want my music to inspire people, to help them get through whatever they’re going through in their lives. That’s the ultimate goal with every piece of music I make.” On Here We Go Again, with ultra-personal songs like the irresistible, buoyant title track, the hard-rockin’, sultry “Got Dynamite” and confessional pop perfection of “Solo,” Demi met—and exceeded—her goals. The multi-talented 16-year-old became a household name thanks to TV smashes--her starring roles in the Disney Channel sitcom “Sonny With a Chance” and movie “Camp Rock”--but, Demi says emphatically, “music is my first love.”
On her 2008 debut album, Don’t Forget, Demi collaborated with long-time friends and tour mates the Jonas Brothers, while Here We Go Again finds her branching out as a writer with such bold-faced names as John Mayer, “Torn” songwriter Anne Preven, and singer-songwriter Jon McLaughlin. She also writes again with Nick Jonas on the soulful, searching “Stop the World.” Demi notes, “When I was younger, my influences were R&B, like Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, and even Billie Holiday. More currently, my inspirations were John Mayer and Kelly Clarkson, so I wanted to combine the two, and hopefully we did that with this record. Of course, I was so excited to work with John Mayer.”
Demi, who has written nearly 300 songs in her young life, was beyond thrilled to co-write with the Grammy winner on her second album. The pair worked up two songs in the studio, collaborating on words and music, with the winning, thoughtful ballad “World of Chances” landing on Here We Go Again, and a second tune saved for later. Likewise, she was excited to write “Every Time I Lie” and “Falling Over Me” with singer-songwriter Jon McLaughlin, admitting to being “totally star struck, but trying to act cool.”
In addition to garnering fans among her musical peers, the press are also Lovato enthusiasts, the Boston Herald raving: “besides her pop-ready look, feisty dynamic and prowess on the guitar and piano, Lovato has a versatile voice that alternates between smoky tones and endearing cuteness.” Yet Lovato, who wouldn’t mind attending a music school like Berklee to study classical music and improve her guitar chops, is hard on herself admitting she’s a perfectionist: “If the song isn’t coming out right, I’ll stop it.” That said, Here we Go Again was written and recorded in three weeks with producer John Field (Rooney, Switchfoot, Jonas Brothers) who encouraged Demi to write songs like the spare, breathy “Catch Me,” written in a rare quiet moment at home on guitar.
Looking to gain a different perspective on live performance, Demi repeatedly watched a Bruce Springsteen concert DVD. “Watching that DVD really helped,” she admits. “Instead of worrying about what you look like, or if you hit the notes, it’s understanding that people come to your concert to have fun with you and to experience your music with them. You’re getting the opportunity to connect with every person all at once. Now I don’t beat myself up if I hit a wrong chord on my guitar.”
Clearly, Demi is remarkably self-aware, but thankfully not self-involved, and constantly striving for improvement. She also remains a typical 16-year-old: A fast-talking, quick-texting, multi-tasking teen, obsessed with music, clothes, boys, movies, and her recent graduation from home-schooled high school. Some of those obesssions can be gleaned on Here We Go Again, as Demi notes: “The last record totally has a theme, but I went through so much this year, and I have so much to write about, to tie Here We Go Again down to a specific theme would ruin it for me.”
Demi also experimented with a few songs she ultimately felt were too mature lyrically or that she worried might be too pointed. “When I’m a little older, maybe my fans will be ready. But this album really expresses my writing and look right now. Fortunately, I haven’t had to compromise in my career but you do learn more about yourself writing about your life and feelings. It’s like a diary, and not everyone gets the opportunity to do something like this.”
The Boston Globe agreed that Demi has come into her own, a concert review noting: “The material from Lovato’s ‘Here We Go Again’ showed her improving by leaps and bounds, especially on ‘Every Time You Lie.’ Upbeat but shot through with hurt…it had enough ’60s British soul to suit Duffy or Adele.”
She also offers inspiring lyrics for her young listeners on the empowering and whisper-to-a-scream bounce of “Everything You’re Not,” singing, “I want a gentleman who treats me like a queen / I need respect, I need love, nothing in between.” While there are songs about ‘lost love’ on Here We Go Again, Demi says, “I think this new album is more hopeful than Don’t Forget. This is like being excited about breaking up and making up.”
Indeed, “excited” is a theme that runs through Demi’s music, life and personality, and her ever-growing legion of fans can’t help but be swept along with Demi’s honesty and talent. Whether she’s covering a Bon Jovi song live, downloading music (most recently “Hey, Good Looking” by Hank Williams, Jr.--it reminds her of her Papa), or trying to plan a graduation party, Demi’s pure enthusiasm for everything she is and does is clear. And her followers feel it and respond in kind. “I feel like my fans are more than fans to me, they’re my friends,” Demi concludes. “I feel ultimately thankful to them and God, because I wouldn’t have any of this if it wasn’t for them. I owe it all to them.”
Demi Lovato biography
So far, it’s been a textbook career.
In the last year alone, Demi Lovato has starred in a hit Disney Channel movie (“Camp Rock”) and an original Disney Channel series (“As the Bell Rings”). The 16-year-old singer/actress then opened for Jonas Brothers on their sold-out “Burnin’ Up” 2008 summer tour, impressing critics and fans along the way with her power house voice and musical abilities on both piano and guitar. But with her Hollywood Records debut album “Don’t Forget,” Demi throws away the textbook. Instead, she rewrites the rules, making music her way. Fans prepare: “Don’t Forget” reveals a singer/songwriter ready to step up, ready to step out and, above all, ready to rock.
With producer Jon Fields at the helm, Demi teamed up with Jonas Brothers to co-write and co-produce several of the album’s 11 songs. It was a natural collaboration, since Demi counts Nick, Joe and Kevin among her best friends. Their inerrant feel for hook-laden rock helped Demi deliver on her vision. “If I were to write the album by myself it would probably have been a little more serious,” she notes. “But I didn’t want that. I wanted a fun album.”
It’s hard to imagine anything more musically fun than full-out rockers like “Get Back” and “Gonna Get Caught,” both written by Demi with Jonas Brothers. Says Demi, ”So many guys cheat and play games. I thought there needed to be a song about a guy getting caught. Nick said, ‘Can’t it have a happy ending?’ But I said, ‘No, no, no!’”
She balances the uptempo tracks with sweeping ballads like “Two Worlds” and “Believe in Me,” the latter featuring a message Demi takes seriously. “Being a teenage girl you deal with insecurity,” she says. ”People think if you’re in the spotlight, you’re overly confident, but most of us deal with so much criticism, it gets to us. I’m the type of person who wants to take it with a grain of salt.”
Demi’s vulnerable side comes through on “Until Your Mine” and the title track, a touching ballad about a faltering relationship. She explores similar territory in “On the Line,” an uptempo duet she co-wrote and sings with the Jonas Brothers. “We wanted to write a breakup song,” Demi says, “and what better way to say it when you’re breaking up over the phone than with the title ‘On the Line.’”
Demi’s inner rocker girl comes roaring back on “Party” and “LA LA Land,” a droll take on SoCal life and all its attending artifice. Showing her songwriting skills Demi wrote “Trainwreck” all by herself. She wraps the album with “The Middle,” a strikingly mature song about finding balance in love and life.
No surprise Demi Lovato would be drawn to such a song. Though she’s been in the public eye since she was a child, Demi has never lost sight of the important things in life: family, friends, faith and above all being true to herself.
Ever the multi-tasker, Demi will soon begin production on her new Disney Channel original series, “Welcome to Holliwood,” a fish-out-of-water comedy in which she plays a Wisconsin teen who comes to L.A. to star in her favorite TV show.
But music remains front and center for Demi. With the support of her family, she is ready for the next wave of fame and success. “I know myself enough to get me through any trials,” she says. “I make mistakes, but my parents are there to get me through those mistakes and keep me staying positive.”
Beautiful, talented, thoughtful and boundlessly enthusiastic, Demi Lovato is ready for the next chapter in her life. And she hopes her fans are ready to be there with her. “I want people to know me, and that I write about them. I’m human; you’re human, so let’s relate.”
"Here We Go Again" by Demi Lovato - release date: 07/21/09..