By Kara DioGuardi
Through the years, award-winning hitmaker, savvy checklist executive, winning song writer and previous American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has labored with the best. Her songs were recorded through such superstars as purple, Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Santana, Steven Tyler, Celine Dion and so on. yet good fortune wouldn’t have occurred for this songwriter, artist and manufacturer with out the darker instances of defeat. Now, during this daringly sincere memoir, DioGuardi unearths every little thing she’s realized approximately residing, developing, loving, stumbling, picking out herself up back and eventually succeeding. And, in fact, she hares behind-the-scenes tales from her years on American Idol, together with the true fact approximately her departure from the show. Passionate, large and humorous, A Helluva excessive word inspires readers to discover, boost and stick to their very own precise voice.
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Maxx and in Joan Jett’s closet during her “I Love Rock ’n Roll” heyday. Not hot! I don’t know what Paula saw in me. Maybe she could sense that I was in flux just like she was—trying to find something to hold on to, to center me, to stop the pain of my mother’s death. Whatever it was, she looked past the fact that I was in advertising sales and honed in on my creative abilities. She asked me to write with her, and for that I will be forever grateful. One of Paula’s greatest qualities is that she is very giving and unguarded.
And by the way, there’s some girl you don’t know yet out there who can help you. ” That girl would, of course, be me. Even though we had met in the dead of summer, there was a chill in the studio that day. We wrote two songs together, but I can’t say there was an immediate chemistry. I suspected that she wasn’t dying over the work we did—or over me, for that matter. One of the songs, “No One Else,” ultimately went on Allison Iraheta’s debut album. I came up with the start of that song after hearing Pink talk about her relationship with her husband.
The parish office called my parents to say that I didn’t have to return to the church to sing during the second ceremony later that day. They thought I should just stay home and enjoy my party. I swear the whole thing was a fluke. Nothing like that had ever happened before, but when the church doesn’t even want you to sing, you know you’re really in trouble. So between these two events, I was doubting my vocal abilities and letting my fears convince me that I should ignore my creative side. Once I abandoned that vital part of me, however, I was lost.
A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol by Kara DioGuardi