By Kara DioGuardi
Through the years, award-winning hitmaker, savvy checklist executive, winning tune writer and previous American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has labored with the best. Her songs were recorded by way of such superstars as crimson, Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Santana, Steven Tyler, Celine Dion etc. yet good fortune wouldn’t have occurred for this songwriter, artist and manufacturer with out the darker occasions of defeat. Now, during this daringly sincere memoir, DioGuardi unearths every thing she’s discovered approximately dwelling, growing, loving, stumbling, deciding on herself up back and finally succeeding. And, after all, she hares behind-the-scenes tales from her years on American Idol, together with the genuine fact approximately her departure from the show. Passionate, extensive and humorous, A Helluva excessive observe inspires readers to discover, boost and stick with their very own real voice.
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Extra info for A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol
Ever since my childhood, I had been denying that I could sing, denying that I could hear melodies in my head day and night, and denying that music was a real career option. I was listening to my mother’s fears that music was a poor man’s pursuit and that it would never lead me to marriage and a stable home life. I was rebelling against my father’s dominance as he pushed me on stage to perform against my will so many times before. On top of that, I had my own perfection issues and was suffering from low self-esteem and attaching my worth to my weight gain or loss.
But as another person. My brief stint in the psych ward made it impossible to eat at night, so I naturally lost some weight. But the urges and the cravings did not go away and I was back into bingeing almost as soon as I left, which made me feel even more like shit. But throughout it all, I began to realize that my issues were deeper than food. I was unhappy. Truly unhappy. I didn’t like myself at all. But thankfully, that would change. It’s not like I went away to the desert and prayed for three months and then the answer came to me.
I think he called me cute at one point, which, by the way, I didn’t take as a compliment. What was I, a puppy? ” Wait, what? That’s it? No interview. ” You’ve got to be shitting me. I traveled six hours the day before my best friend’s wedding weekend and that’s it! @@#$##. I got the gig. I wanted to scream and shout, and text just about everyone I knew, right then and there. Of course, I played it cool instead. Simon told me that if I needed any advice or help to call him and then he gave me his number.
A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol by Kara DioGuardi