By Kara DioGuardi
Through the years, award-winning hitmaker, savvy list executive, profitable tune writer and previous American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has labored with the best. Her songs were recorded by means of such superstars as purple, Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Santana, Steven Tyler, Celine Dion and so forth. yet good fortune 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 thing she’s realized approximately residing, developing, 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 word inspires readers to discover, improve and stick to their very own actual voice.
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All that mattered was that I did a good job in my mind and in others’, namely my dad’s. It felt too much like I was in a dog-and-pony show. Naturally, I ended up resenting my father and my voice until one day I just stopped singing. Now, of course, I can acknowledge that in many ways, my father’s insistence actually prepared me for the most stressful, on-the-spot gig ever—Idol! But back then, I had simply resolved never to be a singer, ever. I ceased loving music, and sadly enough, I ceased dreaming about a career in it, too.
I have only felt that sick to my stomach two times in my life. Once when my mother was undergoing a six-hour surgery to treat ovarian cancer and I was anxiously waiting outside the OR for the doctors to tell me if she would live or die; and then again when I broke up with my former boyfriend whom I thought I would marry someday. ) Here it was again. That “Will I ever get through this? Am I going to collapse? ” feeling. No one even gave me a heads-up that my job was in jeopardy. In fact, just two weeks before I was speaking to an executive producer about the upcoming season’s schedule.
Once we talked it all out, there was a feeling of intimacy between us. I think, we felt safer being vulnerable around each other, and safety was something it seemed like we both craved in the studio because it’s one of the places where we really let go. Once we knew where the other was coming from, we could move past the issues left over from before. In my opinion, women can be their own worst enemies. We constantly throw each other under the bus. I am guilty of it sometimes as well, but I am committed to stopping.
A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol by Kara DioGuardi