Pop singer/songwriter and actress Demi Lovato recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview and perform a brief piano-driven set. Lovato discussed her passion for music and earliest music memories, her latest album, Demi, and what fans can expect from her upcoming Neon Lights tour. Lovato's set featured her Top 10 hit "Skyscraper" and two tracks from Demi, "Nightingale" and "Neon Lights."
"My upcoming Neon Lights tour is going to be fun," said Lovato. "It's just going to be like a big party, and I'll probably have some intimate moments where it's just stripped down as well … it will just be me and a piano."
Raised in Dallas, Lovato's career kicked into high gear in 2008 when she landed a leading role in the Disney Channel film Camp Rock, which featured the Jonas Brothers. That same year she released her debut album, Don't Forget, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and featured six songs co-written by the GRAMMY-nominated brothers. Her sophomore effort, 2009's Here We Go Again, climbed to the top of the Billboard 200, featuring the hit title track. That same year she starred in her own Disney series "Sonny With A Chance." In 2011 Lovato released Unbroken, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and featured the hits "Skyscraper" and "Give Your Heart A Break."
Released in May, Demi landed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of the Top 10 hit "Heart Attack" as well as the hits "Made In The USA" and "Really Don't Care." In March Lovato began her second stint as a judge and mentor on season three of the singing competition TV series "The X Factor." On Oct. 7 Lovato began a six-episode stretch as a guest star on the hit TV show "Glee."
Lovato's Neon Lights tour is scheduled to kick off on Feb. 9, 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia, with dates scheduled through May.