Slowly but surely, things are returning to normal for singer and former Disney star Demi Lovato. The 18 year-old has seen her fair share of trials and tribulations over the past year – capped off by a trip to rehab last fall where she was treated for eating disorders and diagnosed bi-polar.
Now, Lovato finds herself back in the headlines for all of the right reasons: a number one iTunes song in “Skyscraper.” Fans and friends alike have voiced or tweeted approval for the track, which the teenager recorded a year ago while silently dealing with personal issues.
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“I took advantage of that hour and a half in the studio of me singing this song, and I was doubled-over in emotional pain,” Lovato said via telephone in an interview that aired Tuesday evening on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “I used it as, almost what I look at now, as my cry for help.”
Lovato finds it ironic that a year ago, she sang about her problems silently. Now, not only is she speaking openly and honestly, but she’s helping others in the process. The singer dreams that her give-and-take with fans extends not just on iTunes or Twitter, but on stage as well.
“I dream about those moments all the time,” she responded when asked about one day performing “Skyscraper” live, for an audience. “If I could, I’d do it tomorrow… but we have to rehearse first.”
Demi is not trying to get ahead of herself, either. While she deals with her personal issues one day at a time, the artist is also finishing up new album. Lovato has no timeline for a release, and that’s probably a good thing. She noted that this is her first album that she didn’t have to record, “in a month.”
“Every other album I haven’t had time to really take my time and craft it like I really wanted to do because I was finding spare time between a television show, and movies, and touring, and then all over again,” she said. “I’ve worked on (the album) for the past year and really gone hard over the past few months, but you can definitely tell that I took my time with this record.”
Some big names are also making time for Lovato – including Kara DioGuardi, Toby Gad, and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder – all big songwriters who the teen has recorded with for her third studio album.
But those names pale in comparison to some of the other people who showed public support for Demi after the release of “Skyscraper.” Selena Gomez, Pete Wentz, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks, and many more artists reached out to Lovato to congratulate her on the song. And Lovato says just about everyone in her phone book reached out personally to give props.
“It’s the first single that I’ve ever released that has ever gone to radio, so I’m not really used to this reaction,” Lovato admitted. “I just feel like I’m in a dream right now, it’s crazy.”
Given what she’s already faced at a rather young age, I’m sure this is one dream that Lovato isn’t trying to wake up from any time soon.