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 and so forth. yet luck wouldn’t have occurred for this songwriter, artist and manufacturer with no the darker instances of defeat. Now, during this daringly sincere memoir, DioGuardi unearths every little thing she’s realized approximately dwelling, growing, loving, stumbling, opting for herself up back and eventually succeeding. And, in fact, she hares behind-the-scenes tales from her years on American Idol, together with the genuine fact approximately her departure from the show. Passionate, broad and humorous, A Helluva excessive notice inspires readers to discover, advance and stick with their very own precise voice.
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Our insurance didn’t cover psychiatrist visits, so I decided to check myself into a hospital in Florida. I would be covered for a month of intense therapy. What I didn’t realize was that I had been admitted to a psych ward. The doors had to be left open at all times and I could not leave the floor unless I was supervised. The smell of chlorine in the hallways and the fluorescent lights made it impossible to trick myself into thinking I was anywhere else but a hospital. The other patients were mostly binge eaters like me, but shared horror stories about their fathers and brothers raping them.
By high school, my dad was no longer asking me to sing as much as he used to, thankfully. I think he got the message that I wasn’t into him singling me out in this way and he was tired of fighting with me and my mom about it anyway. But when he eased off me, singing became an interesting prospect again. I contemplated joining choir at school, but mistakenly tried out for the school’s premier singing group instead. It was called Dohters, but the sign announcing auditions outside the music center didn’t distinguish between their tryouts and the choir’s.
As far as I could see, it got this guy a fat new loft to live/work in and to shag girls in. (Warning to the Wise: Don’t ever invest in the music business if you are not in the music business. You might as well take your money and burn it. ) This cowriter was brutal. He yelled and screamed at me. I think I even cried. “No, it’s not a hit chorus,” he determined, even though he had never written one. A hit chorus was the last thing I was worried about. I was trying to stay true to Paula’s story. ” Girlfriend, I could totally relate.
A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol by Kara DioGuardi