A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol

A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol

by Kara DioGuardi

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Over the years, award-winning hitmaker, savvy record executive,  successful music publisher and former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has worked with the best.  Her songs have been recorded by such superstars as Pink, Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Santana, Steven Tyler, Celine Dion and many others. But success wouldn’t have happened for this songwriter, artist and producer without the darker times of defeat. Now, in this daringly honest memoir, DioGuardi reveals everything she’s learned about living, creating, loving, stumbling, picking herself up again and ultimately succeeding.  And, of course, she hares behind-the-scenes stories from her years on American Idol, including the real truth about her departure from the show.  Passionate, wide and funny, A Helluva High Note inspires readers to find, develop and follow their own true voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062059918
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

A Grammy-nominated, 2011 NAMM Music for Life Award winner, 2009 NMPA Songwriter Icon Award winner, and 2007 BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year, Kara DioGuardi has songs that have appeared on more than 160 million albums. Kara also serves as executive vice president of talent development at Warner Bros. Records and co-owns Arthouse Entertainment. In 2011, she made her Broadway debut in Chicago as Roxie Hart. She lives in Los Angeles and Maine with her husband, Michael McCuddy.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction The Fourth Judge 1

1 Spinning Around 9

2 Sober 21

3 Taking Chances 35

4 Mama's Song 51

5 Escape 61

6 Pieces of Me 77

7 I Do Not Hook Up 91

8 Walk Away 105

9 Rich Girl 117

10 Ain't No Other Man 131

11 No Boundaries 145

Epilogue 169

Appendix A My Commandments for Determined Songwriters 171

Appendix B Random Reflections 179

Appendix C Awards 187

Appendix D U.S. Singles 139

Appendix E International Singles 195

Appendix F Top-Ten Albums 203

Appendix G Soundtracks and Songs on Film 215

Appendix H Theme Songs and Songs on Television 217

Appendix I Campaigns and Commercials 221

Permissions 223

About the Author 225

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Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
DaphneAE More than 1 year ago
Just like through her songs, Kara has found a way to connect with her audience. Her memoir tells of some dark times in her past that she was able to overcome and become stronger through. The books goes into detail on the true story of her experience of American Idol. She also gives honest insight into how many of her hit songs were created. Inspirational in many aspects, Kara continues to shine through her words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could somebody plz tell what happened about her bikini stunt on American Idol?? Alli.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't know much about Kara Dioguardi before reading this book; besides knowing she's a fantastic songwriter. I was really intrigued with this read. I loved her tips for being successful in any business you may be pursuing. I also really appreciated the glimpses into the writing sessions and development of some of her hit songs. Definitely worth reading for anyone interested in the music biz.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a long-time American Idol fan, I enjoyed reading both about Kara's background and many of her accomplishments as well as the behind-the-scene accounts of the ever-evolving reality show. If you are a fan from Idol's earlier years and interested in the pop-music industry, you will enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But would not read again
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