DioGuardi in 2005
|Birth name||Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi|
December 9, 1970 |
Ossining, New York, U.S.
|Origin||New Rochelle, New York, U.S.|
|Labels||Interscope, Rocket (Platinum Weird)
Warner Bros. (A&R)
I've never in my life bought a big piece of jewelry – like, 'I'm gonna get myself a big piece of jewelry!' Songwriters' lives are unstable and up and down. Even though mine has sort of has followed more of a going toward the sky trajectory.
I wanted a child, and there was no way I could get pregnant under the stress of 18-hour work days and live TV. When you're somebody who's used to making a decision about what they want to do and getting it and achieving it, when your body fails you, it's a whole other experience.
Just because you're a star on television doesn't mean that you can be a music phenomenon or an artist. You have to have the material to back it, and it's all about hit songs. I can name you every 'Idol' winner and why they didn't go on to have success – their songs. The ones who have – their songs.
When I look at myself, I'd like not to have hair on the top of the ceiling.
The thing that's tricky is sometimes the best voices – just because someone hits the big notes and sounds amazing – it doesn't necessarily mean they make the greatest artists.
There's a lot of craft that goes into achieving a hit song – at the beginning of your career, you're usually more inspiration than craft, and you get great when those intersect. A skilled songwriter can get you to that intersection.
I don't go to record stores to look at my albums, but it's always a thrill to see them.
A great song should make you stop everything that you're doing. You should be so into it that you just can't imagine doing anything else for that moment. You wouldn't even dream of picking up the phone.
I can make the argument that people who don't have the biggest ranges but have very unique voices, even if they may be pitchy at times… with the right record that's really unique and distinct, they can have big hits.
I felt like I got more comfortable on 'Idol' when I just started being myself and not trying to be what I thought I had to be.
I'm a native New Yorker, so I'm edgier; I kind of tell it like it is.
I was a pop-music junkie. My parents were into Frank Sinatra and Doris Day. They weren't too excited when I had Aretha or the Stones pumping.
Look at someone like Ke$ha. I wouldn't say she's got the most rangy, incredible voice, but she's got a thing. She stands for something, and people are buying into that.
Good new songs are the backbone of the music industry. There isn't an artist out there who could survive without hit songs.
You need to understand that a skilled professional songwriter can accelerate your success as an already talented musician. These people are writing every single day, so their craft is really sharp, and it's the best songwriters who consistently get on the radio.
I think Bruno Mars is a great example of a great voice and classic songwriting with a twist that makes it contemporary. I think he's done a great job of it. I think Katy Perry has undeniable songs for what she does, for that pop market. And, if we're talking in the truly pop market, I would say those two.
Some of the best songs that artists perform year after year are ones they hated.
I don't think people really understood what I did. And you know, in my book, 'A Helluva High Note' deals with my back story, that I was a songwriter, that I spent years trying to hone my craft and being rejected and then finally becoming a successful songwriter, record executive and publisher.
Yeah… I was a singer as a kid. I had a lot of stage fright, and what's happened with 'Idol,' it has got me past so much of that.
I have breakups that I can credit to every song. In my twenties, I picked people who would create that dysfunction and drama, so I could draw upon it.
I can sing in front of people. I can go on a TV show, live, and not feel like I'm going to throw up.