Lovato was born Aug. 20, 1992 in Dallas, Texas. Her mother was a country music singer and a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. Lovato started her show business career at the age of seven when she appeared on seasons seven and eight of Barney & Friends.
Despite the attention and accolades she received from being on television, Lovato still managed to find herself a victim of bullying. This ordeal caused her to fall into a depression, practice self-mutilation, and develop an eating disorder. Due to her myriad of problems, Lovato was homeschool. She received her diploma in 2009.
Lovato on Disney
Besides her roles in Camp Rock and Sonny With a Chance, Lovato has also appeared in the original Disney Channel movie, Princess Protection Program. The movie premiered in June of 2009 and starred her friend Selena Gomez.
The flick was formulaic but fairly well-received by critics. It also garnered tremendous ratings. Lovato has also appeared on several television shows including Prison Break, Just Jordan, and Grey’s Anatomy.
Like Camp Rock, Princess Protection Program featured music by Lovato. The movie contained a duet between her and Gomez as well as her song “Two Worlds Collide.”
Lovato's debut AlbumLovato’s debut album was released in September of 2008 and entered the Billboard 200 at number two. It produced the singles “Get Back” and “La La Land.” The Jonas Brothers played a major role in the album’s production. The brothers co-wrote several of the songs with Lovato and co-produced at least half a dozen tracks.
Lovato released her sophomore effort, Here We Go Again, a year later. This opus debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. While she didn’t work with the Jonas Brothers, Lovato did employ the services of a handful of industry stalwarts including John Mayer, Gary Clark, and Toby Gad. The singer’s third studio album, Unbroken, dropped in September of 2011.
Production of the album was delayed by Lovato’s stint in rehab. It was also at this time that she quit Sonny With A Chance to pursue her musical career full time. Unbroken’s first single, “Skycraper,” was Lovato’s first top ten single as a solo artist.