Everyone seems to be talking about Taylor Swift, her new single and music video. However, I want to take two seconds to draw some attention to one of my personal favorite artists to come out of the Disney Channel. And that is, Miss Demi Lovato.
Lovato began her career in 2002 while starring in Barney and Friends. However, in 2008, the actress became a house-hold name when she starred in the Disney Channel Movie, Camp Rock. Nine years and five albums later, Demi Lovato has become more than a Disney star who can sing and dance. She’s become a role model to those of all ages.
I have many reasons why I love Demi, but the main one is that she’s a pretty good singer. Let’s be honest, the girl can sing. On every track that she puts out, her vocals are strong, and every note is delivered with emotion, seen in songs Skyscraper, Nightingale, and Stone Cold. That is something that she’s maintained throughout her entire catalog — from debut album Don’t Forget to her newest single, Sorry Not Sorry.
Her strong vocals aren’t the only reason why I continue to be a huge Demi Lovato fan. Her lyrics are also some of the most poetic and authentic that I’ve listened to in modern pop music. Let’s look at the lyrics from Stone Cold: ‘stone cold, stone, cold/you’re dancing with her, while I’m staring at my phone/stone cold, stone cold/ I was your amber, but now she’s your shade of gold.’ You can also get that same level of emotion with the song Skyscraper: ‘You can take everything I have/You can break everything I am/Like I’m made of glass/Like I’m made of paper/Go on and try to tear me down/I will be rising from the ground/Like a skyscraper, like a skyscraper.’ Pretty deep, huh?
Furthermore, other Lovato lyrics also discuss really not caring about what others thinking about you, and radiating confidence. For example, in Really Don’t Care, she sings: But even if the stars and moon collide/I never want you back into my life/You can take your words and all your lies/Oh oh oh I really don’t care. Her newest single, Sorry Not Sorry, does the same thing with: Baby, fineness is the way to kill/Tell me how it feel, bet it’s such a bitter pill/And yeah, I know you thought you had bigger, better things/Bet right now this stings (wait a minute)/’Cause the grass is greener under me.
Another reason why I continue to admire and respect Demi is how she handled her demons. Throughout her life, Lovato dealt with bipolar disorder, depression, self-harm, and dealt with bullying. In addition to that, she also abused drugs and alcohol. She went to rehab in 2010, and celebrated five years of sobriety earlier this year. She is also extremely open about her personal struggles. I think that makes her be more relatable, and helps make others aware.
Furthermore, she’s extremely involve in charity work. She’s an advocate for mental health, the LGBT community and women’s rights. She gets involved in issues such as body images, and bullying. Her activism makes Demi Lovato a positive role model.
With that being said, I’ll be purchasing the deluxe edition of Tell Me You Love Me. It’s expected to be released Sept. 29, however, I already preordered the album on iTunes. After all, I gotta support my girl Demi.