LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Not long ago, 15-year-old Demi
Lovato was sitting in a conference room on Disney's Burbank,
California, studio lot with a dozen high-powered executives
from across the conglomerate's divisions.
She had submitted an audition tape, and the assembled
bosses wanted to talk to her about auditioning for a few
upcoming TV pilots. Disney Channel Worldwide president of
entertainment Gary Marsh asked on a whim: "I know you sing --
would you mind sharing something with us?"
"They kind of put me on the spot," Lovato recalls. "I don't
mind it. When people put me on the spot, it's kind of like,
'Hey, I'm not going to get nervous. I'm just going to do what I
do.' So I did what I did."
What she did was belt out a spot-on rendition of Christina
Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man." And, with that, she had the
lead in the Disney Channel's summer movie "Camp Rock."
"Our jaws just dropped," Hollywood Records senior vice
president and general manager Bob Cavallo says. Lovato signed a
record deal, and her first album will be released in November.
Lovato's sweet show of vocal prowess as
Cinderella-with-a-guitar in "Camp Rock" also led to another
professional milestone: Now she's teaming up with her co-stars
in the movie, the pop-rock trio the Jonas Brothers, on the
music side of her career. Not only will she open for the
siblings on their Burnin' Up tour this summer, but Lovato
enlisted them in crafting the pop sound for her upcoming album
as co-producers and co-writers.
"I'm more of a writer whose stuff wouldn't make it on a
Disney album," she says, laughing. "It's too dark. My mom's
like, 'Oh my gosh, go to therapy.' So I came to (the Jonas
Brothers) like, 'Ummmm ... I need help writing catchy stuff
just because, well, my target audience isn't metal music."'