Momentous Mondays: Influential artists of the next 5-10 years – Week 16: Demi Lovato

Demetria Devonne Lovato, or Demi Lovato as she is known by her fans, friends and the general public. A future star in the 2000’s, she was thrust into the spotlight at a very young age. Fame at a very young age can make you or break you- it can destroy and warp a person’s psyche beyond belief and beyond reparation, and while we all may be laughing and just shrugging off the effects of fame and the pressure of always being watched as something that comes as part of the package of being a role model for young kids; let me tell you that the long lasting effects of not having much of a childhood can be closer than we all can imagine, fathom and comprehend. In 2018 Demi Lovato had an overdose on drugs. The type of drugs were irrelevant- the fact was that in July 2018 in the middle of her Tell Me You Love Me World tour, she was fighting for her life, broken beyond comprehension and stifled by what she later described as a toxic management relationship. I’m not sure if you know this about me, but I’m not the one to speak ill about anybody especially without any proof or tangible evidence, but when the evidence presented before me is Demi fighting for her life way back in 2018 and her revealing interview with Ashley Graham in 2020 about her plight; well then that gets very real and scary. Truth be told, I wasn’t really much of a Demi Lovato fan, but right now as of this moment, I am definitely a Lovatic. Not to the extent of camping outside of a concert line for hours and hours and hours- that’s crazy talk, however after investigation into Demi’s story and her songs and her passion for making the world a better place; I can definitely say that the world needs to sit up and take notice of this emotional and powerful singer.

We all could have lose her that day back in 2018 and the world would’ve gone on maybe without a care in the world nor a glance at her discography. But in a world right now where music authenticity, honesty and vulnerability are few and far between, Demi shines like a beacon of light in a dark tunnel, reminding us all of hope and unity and reassurance on this crazy road called life. Sure, like contemporary Selena Gomez in that she’s been around for a long time, Demi has been in the business for a while and it could be strange on one hand to include her on my list of future influential artists. But like I have said time and time again, popularity and influence don’t necessarily go together- sometimes they’re like oil and water; and it is my belief that right now Demi’s influence is growing, possibly this year overshadowing her popularity, as she reminds us all what it means to be alive and human, having crazy thoughts and doubts about everything as we navigate our hopes, dreams, plans and unforeseen circumstances along the road called life that is the absolute hardest but the most rewarding.

Even if you’re not a fan of Demi Lovato, even if you do not know her music at all- and even if you do not agree with her lifestyle choices in the previous years about her alcohol and drug use (Demi was sober in 2011 when she was 19 for 6 years, while drug use was common throughout her life, as well as an eating disorder throughout that time!)…I’m sure everyone had to have known about Demi’s drug overdose and near-death experience in 2018. Everyone had to have had sympathy for her as well. I know I felt sympathy and sorrow and sadness and empathy a couple of years ago when I knew about Demi’s ordeal- and at the time I hadn’t heard any of her music! For many years Demi has struggled with demons- mainly an eating disorder as well as substance abuse. It’s common knowledge that Demi relapsed many times, and she has released a documentary in 2017 chronicling in detail how she manages the pressures of life, stardom and haters on social media…or at least tries to (although in that documentary, it was later revealed in an interview that Demi wasn’t completely sober while she was encouraging others to kick the habit!). “Sober”, released in June 2018- a month before she overdosed, spoke about how she has relapsed, and how she’s not sober anymore; and while we as fans and even as decent human beings have been rooting for Demi to come through the other side from her overdose, and have also been praying that she’ll have a renewed outlook and different focus once she’s back to full health; I guess no one could have predicted the release of “Anyone”- hands down the most vulnerable, personal and emotional song of Demi’s career.

Yet what makes “Anyone” so remarkable is the most beautiful thing and probably the saddest thing about “Anyone”- it was written and recorded 4 days before her near-fatal drug overdose. The lyrics are raw, the music is simple (just a piano) and Demi’s voice is full of emotion that this song sounds like a demo that might be redone someday ‘properly’- or maybe not if it’s too painful. Yet if “Anyone” was recorded before the overdose…surely others could’ve seen the signs and guided her onto another different more positive and optimistic path? I’m not blaming anyone or knocking anyone’s choices of trying to help her and guide her throughout her entire time as a musician and as a singer- because indeed ultimately the only person responsible for your own decisions is yourself- and Demi herself said later on that she did do some pretty shady stuff, and that she owns up to every decision she has ever made, whether it is good or bad; however it’s hard for your heart not to break when you hear Demi’s discography post listening to “Anyone”. And while it’s hard to root for someone when they’re in the midst of an addiction or knowingly doing something unfavourable in their spare time, Demi’s plight is so tragic yet also full of hope and optimism once we know that she has indeed come through the other side; that we can’t help but admire her resilience, tenacity and determination.

It’s also hard not to be a real fan of Demi. I know I am. And I know that not all of Demi’s songs are wholesome- no way am I advocating anything that contradicts with my own beliefs. I’m not necessarily agreeing with everything she sings about in her songs while she was in the midst of her demons and issues; but being a fan of her as a person is where I’m at, as Demi is overall showcasing her talent vocally and also providing us all with the hope that even when we get knocked down by adversity, shame, guilt and the like; we can rise above anything with God and our friends and family beside us every step of the way. Sure, some songs are questionable, but as a body of work analysed together, it is impressive. Demi is a work in progress, and no way is she perfect. But so are all of us. We as humans get things wrong all the time and, in the past, we advocate some things that right now maybe don’t sit well with us. But that’s all part of the parcel of living, and in the case of Demi, her past mistakes and transgressions cannot be meshed together with her music- they have to be analysed as separate issues. But I haven’t written all of this just to highlights our own issues and our own faults. Now’s the time to speak about Demi and her plight as a human in the spotlight. As a famous person, Demi is similar to Selena Gomez in that her start was in a TV show and she got into music later on, but unlike Selena, Demi has continued to battle and face hardship after hardship. We’ll get to more of that later, but looking back, it’s remarkable to see how far Demi has come. Is Demi an inspiration for young people? Of course, she is. Perhaps an inspiration for myself also.

Don’t Forget and Here We Go Again are Demi’s first two albums that she released in 2008 and 2009 respectively- both of them not even a year apart. Both of them while she was still a teenager (16 and 17), and with both of these albums sounding like the early Avril Lavigne circa Let Go 2002 era. Truth be told, I haven’t really listen to much of Demi’s earlier material, save for a few singles and other tracks here and there- mainly because of the fact that I have found that it is during her later material where Demi has had the chance to grow up and live and sing about real experiences- however there’s still gold to be found in these early songs. Being a teenager doesn’t disqualify you from singing about the important stuff, and Demi tries her hand at a variety of topics across these two albums. “La La Land”, probably foreshadowing Demi’s public issues and drama in the spotlight, is from her debut album, and speaks about not conforming to what the world wants and instead embracing your individuality. It’s a shame that Demi carried on a cycle of not eating and subsequently leading to the alcohol and drug overdose, however this song is a warning for us to not be lost in the craziness of our every changing lives- as long as we know who we are then we’ll be ok. “Get Back”, also from Don’t Forget, is the album’s first single, and is a cry to go back to where times were simple and relationships weren’t as complicated as they are right now, while final single from Don’t Forget was the title track, her first break-up song in response to her own break up with Joe Jonas. “Stop The World” is a pop/rock electric guitar prominent track that delves into the topic of living amongst the chaos and loving someone despite the drama going around (a song probably directed at high school students!), while “Remember December” is a typical rock break-up song as Demi reminds her loved one to ‘remember December’, obviously the month where they were the happiest. “Here We Go Again” is another high octane rock track about teenage romance or infatuation, as the persona laments about going through the same cycle with an ex even if they don’t want to; however “The Gift Of A Friend” highlights the importance of friendship, of which this song was also featured on the soundtrack of the Disney movie Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, and was released as a single from aforementioned soundtrack.

But the real major hit for Demi came in the form of “Skyscraper”- in response to Demi becoming sober in 2011. Since 2011 the explosive power anthem has been covered by sibling pop group Cimorelli, Christian rockers Seventh Day Slumber and even actor John Barrowman, however there’s something about the original version that tugs at my emotions and at my heart. Maybe it’s because the track is about Demi’s own plight with the bottle and the drink, and the fact that she’s singing directly to her demons and her baggage (while other artists can only guess and imagine what is going through Demi’s head, hence their cover versions, while great, are still not as impacting!); but whatever the case, “Skyscraper” was and still is one of Demi’s most emotional songs ever. From the 2011 album Unbroken, the piano and strings led poignant and slow tempo “Skyscraper” is a motivational and inspiring tune encouraging us to face our fears and rise above our adversaries, whether real or imagined, as Demi intentionally sings to our fears (and possibly the devil), saying that they have no hold on her anymore. A freeing and powerful declaration, this song is the cornerstone of Demi’s breakthrough 3rd album, along with the more mature relationship style pop melody “Give Your Heart A Break”, where Demi convinces her crush or boyfriend that she’s the one from him and they she wants to give his heart a break from heartache. While most relationship style songs are about heartbreak, a positive and optimistic track is a breath of fresh air, even though this song is indeed 9 years old! The title track is also another inspiring melody on this album, a dance club song that speaks about loving someone even when it hurts, loving them as if we’ve never been broken at all; while emotional piano led tear-jerker “Fix A Heart” passionately reveals the truth yet often forgotten notion that the heart cannot truly be fixed- there’s still emotional damage that may never truly go away, thus this song is therapeutic in a way for those who are still struggling from emotional and mental scars.

While “Skyscraper” from Unbroken was Demi’s breakout single, I reckon in terms of the world really noticing- it was the self-titled 4th album Demi in 2013 that produced the most hits and spoke about probably still the most variety of topics that are still real for Demi and the world. “Heart Attack”, the album’s first single, was the first single from Demi, and a cover. Even though Demi didn’t write the song, the topic of falling in love despite the possibility of having your heart broken or worse still breaking someone else’s heart down the line, is a topic that we all can relate to every day. How many times have we entered into a relationship, or even a friendship, just to see it go up in flames in a year or two? Too many times than we want to, I reckon… and that is why I reckon “Heart Attack” is the song we need to, and still need to hear, so that we know that when we enter into relationships, the other party is just as scared as us. Described by Demi herself as ‘the reverse of “Give Your Heart A Break”’, “Heart Attack” really sets the tone for what is still, in my opinion, Demi’s most musically diverse and lyrically strongest album. “Made In The USA”, musically quite different in that it’s a semi-country/pop song, features Demi at one of her most vocally strongest, as she sings about her patriotic love for her country of the U.S., while dance/club tune “Neon Lights” is a real head banger, as even today in 2020, this song would be at home at a bar or nightclub. Co-written with One Republic frontman Ryan Tedder, “Neon Lights” compares a secure romantic relationship with neon lights- a strange comparison but one that works, in the context of the song and the picturesque music video. Pure pop “Without The Love” fervently relays to us that you can’t have a lover nor be in a relationship, nor sing a, honest love song without both or either partner being in love with the other; while piano prominent personal quasi-worship song “Nightingale” is one of my favourite Demi Lovato songs ever.

Similar in theme to “Anyone”, the song is inspired by Demi’s friend who committed suicide when she was 13, and now she considers him to be her guardian angel. The song could also be a prayer to Jesus where Demi could be asking God to reveal more of Himself to her- and while this song may not be what the artist intended, the beauty of ambiguity here means that we can all take this song to mean whatever we want and just run with it, as we are inspired to ask those around us to be our sounding boards and our confidante. As we also ask God to be our refuge, shelter and our everything, “Nightingale”, though 7 years old, still rings true today- well done Demi for this impacting and emotional song. “In Case” is another heartfelt and honest track, as the piano only slow tempo melody speaks about a break-up, but with the girl longing for the guy to return to her just in case. “Really Don’t Care”, a no-nonsense break-up song that is direct it its finality to the end of the relationship, Demi sings about not caring about the other person- while the music video promotes this song as a pro-LGBT track, that relays to everyone that this is who they are and that they don’t care about any other opinion but their own. Yet to me the most hopeful and emotional song on Demi is “Warrior”, the spiritual sequel to “Skyscraper”, where Demi speaks about her issues with self harm, mental illness and eating disorders. Also presumably singing to her demons- to the devil herself or her addictions- Demi revealed (and I reckon this is true apart from “Anyone” and “Sober”), that this was the hardest song that she ever had to write- that song was probably the hardest and easiest song to write on the album. I was writing about personal experiences, and it’s the type of song where you can’t fit all of it into one song – you can’t put all of the emotions into one song. It was the hardest song to write because it was the most vulnerable for me, and you can’t sum up that experience in three or four minutes. But it was the easiest song at the same time because it’s something that I wanted to say. Like I said in the first line [of the song], ‘This is a story that I’ve never told. I gotta get this off my chest to let it go.’ I wanted to let it go…

In 2015, Demi released one of her most controversial albums yet. Confident features a risqué album cover with Demi dressed in a revealing outfit, while lead single “Cool For The Summer” (a head banger but with subject matter that I’m not comfortable at all listening to) delves into Demi’s bisexuality and curiosity at females in a sexual way. Possibly her most ‘mature’ single ever, this song made waves and created plenty of buzz, as Demi shows us a side that she’s never shown before. Particularly after the huge success of Demi, I guess people expected her to write more inspirational and relationship stuff, but the dance/club/experimental “Cool For The Summer” defied all expectations, as we were met with Demi’s first explicit track (and first of many!). For the purposes of this blog, I listened to “Cool For The Summer” quite a few times (which I had indirectly heard over the years for a while, maybe in movies or in advertisements), about a topic my parents have told me is taboo. For this reason, I felt extremely uncomfortable listening to this ‘worldly’ track- however once I understood that this song is needed just as much as the others, as we describe an authentic and honest journey of Demi and the emotions and feelings that she was going through at the time, the feelings of awkwardness relented and abated a bit. Not that the track is still not awkward to listen to, because it is. But knowing the steps of Demi’s journey that led her to where she is today, this song is no less as valid as “Anyone” from this year.

“Confident” is the other high-profile single from Demi as this song is an empowering taking-back-the-power anthem where Demi sings across pulsating trumpets and other brass instruments, that she is now confident in her own skin, and passionately declaring her security in her identity. As a music video, this track packs a punch and creates a mini-movie, as inmates Demi and actress Michelle Rodriguez defy the system and battle the warden, defeating him in the end and escaping the prison where they are presumably wrongfully detained. “For You”, though not a single, is a passionate, emotional track and a highlight on Confident, as Demi fervently recounts that she would do anything for her friend or boyfriend (or maybe it’s her father), even though the love for the other person is one sided. Possibly singing this song leads Demi to some closure, yet with the song “Father” present on the track listing as well, directed at Demi’s biological father, we are presented with a sort of ‘I forgive you’ type of song, with Demi’s dad having died in 2015 due to cancer. And as Demi reiterates in Billboard, “Father” is Demi’s most personal, and probably the most important song on ConfidentThe last song that I recorded was called “Father” and I’m particularly excited for this song. I get very, very honest about the passing of my dad. What people in general aren’t going to expect is the way that I sing the song. I took it more to a soulful, gospel kind of sound, and it’s the song that I might be most proud of.

“Stone Cold” is another heartfelt and intimate track that gets tears in my eyes, as Demi wishes an ex who has moved on nothing but happiness and best wishes. Sung with the piano as the cornerstone instrument, this gospel/soul infused track clearly shows off Demi’s powerful vocal pipes as she journeys through her emotions and reconciles with the notion of being sad yet grateful and thankful for her ex. Simple yet effective, “Stone Cold” is the third single off Confident, as Demi shows us once again why she is one of the world’s most honest and vulnerable vocalists today! While 2016 gifted us the experimental fun yet somewhat sensual and semi-explicit “Body Say” (which is groovy music-wise yet nonetheless still questionable in lyric content), listeners who had listened to this song as the first song from Demi may have been stunned and shocked, as Demi gives us all a detailed account of what she wants to do to her lover- as in have sex with them; however a deeper listen to me reveals someone who admits they are broken longing for connection in the only way they know how- through the physical.

In 2017, Demi unveiled her sixth (and most recent) album Tell Me You Love Me, similar musically and thematically to 2015’s Confident and a reassertion that she is back with inspiring all of us with heaps of relevant material that we all can relate to. “Sorry Not Sorry” is an intense girl-power anthem, that basically apologises for the fact that we’re not sorry that people are feeling a certain way about us that is incongruent with how we view ourselves. The track speaks about viewing ourselves as worthy and as loved- and then calls out the haters for dumping shame and guilt onto us for no apparent reason at all. With the song including a gospel choir to add depth, the opening track encourages and is sure to inspire many. “Tell Me You Love Me” is equally as powerful as this big band brass instruments led anthemic ballad speaks to Demi’s loved one, asking them if they love her because ‘…I need someone, on days like this I do…you ain’t nobody till you got somebody…’, which is in effect singing about the total opposite of what the song is about. In 2017, Demi broke up with her longtime boyfriend and this song, which she didn’t write gives her some assurance that everything will be ok, because as much as we think we need someone in our lives to complete us, we really don’t. All that matters is that we’ve got ourselves according to Demi- The first time I heard it, it really stuck with me because at the time I was going through a breakup. … It’s about the vulnerability of coming out of a very serious relationship and having a tough time with it. … It also at the same time calls out a big misconception with the line, ‘You ain’t nobody ’til you got somebody,’ which again comes from that vulnerability with mixed emotions…this song is one of my favorites which is why I named my album after it. I not only love singing it but I think the underlying meaning is important for people to know. At the end of the day you have everything you need standing right in front of you. And that’s yourself

While I haven’t listened to much of Tell Me You Love Me as much as I would’ve liked (I’ve spun through Demi and Confident probably more times than I can count!), I’ve still listened to this album more than the first two, and what I have heard has impressed me greatly. Pop number “Sexy Dirty Love” teeters on the edge of being too explicit, as Demi sings about appreciating her lover in a physical way (which on the surface is a bop but not much else, but a deeper listen is a cry for love in the foremost way humans know how!), while “You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore” is an r&b/soul type slow ballad where Demi shows off her vocals once again, as she breaks up with her boyfriend, as well as her old self who was addicted to drugs and alcohol. “Only Forever” is a song directed to her crush (which listeners and critics assumed was Nick Jonas, but it never was confirmed), while “Ruin The Friendship” (also with a few choice words!) is about the same person and speaks about taking a chance and going past friendship for the sake of the potential of something beautiful. “Instruction” and “No Promises” are also included on Tell Me You Love Me as collaborations that are just exquisite and are out of this world, while “Smoke And Mirrors” is a piano led emotion filled honest ballad that asks the question of an ex about whether they truly loved her or not, while the album closer “Ready For Ya” earnestly sings about a potential relationship that never went anywhere because of Demi not being in the right headspace at the time. A song of lament but a song full of hope and positivity, we are relayed to the notion of there being someone for each of us in the world- we just need to open our eyes to see it.

Yet as I mentioned earlier in this blog, it is really “Anyone” that turned from a casual listener into a true Lovatic. Demi’s voice is struggling here, and we hear some pretty intense lyrics, as Demi belts out ‘…a hundred million stories and a hundred million songs, I feel stupid when I sing, nobody’s listening to me, nobody’s listening, I talk to shooting stars but they always get it wrong, I feel stupid when I pray, so, why am I praying anyway if nobody’s listening?…’. It seems as if all of this is a prayer and a cry for help. The fact that this was done just 4 days before Demi could have died, makes this track all the more special and heartbreaking at the same time. Not knowing the context of this song makes me think it’s just a B-side. Yet a watch of Demi’s heartfelt, candid and honest interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, as well as watching a video of Demi perform this track at the Grammys…well no more needs to be said. God is moving through this song, even is Demi doesn’t know it. Demi asks for ‘anyone’ to help her- and God has answered. Whether Demi acknowledges this fact or not in the future, well that’s somewhat irrelevant, and…well it’s in the future so who knows how Demi rekindles her relationship with God and Jesus. But what “Anyone” has taught me, is that at the end of our rope when we feel like there’s nothing left is usually when we receive some sort of spiritual enlightenment, some sort of epiphany. It’s then where we generally become much more reflective and wanting to hang onto anything that can save us and heal us. Hearing someone’s cry for help, that desperation and pain permeating the voice…well that completely wrecks me, but it does also give me an appreciation of my faith in Jesus, as I pray for God to reveal more and more of himself to others, inclusive of Demi Lovato.

While the first official single of Demi’s upcoming 2020 album is “I Love Me”, a beautiful self-love and self-worth anthem full of nostalgic flashbacks and Easter eggs as Demi reconciles her rocky past (inclusive of her 2018 overdose) to her uncertain but exciting future. She’s been through the ringer plenty of times with her father and her split from her long-time boyfriend being the two ‘events’ in her life that really broke her. As well as her former manager controlling what she could eat and what she couldn’t, as well as the times she had to exercise and the frequency; it’s no wonder why Demi overdosed. But everything has its place, and as “I Love Me”, one of the most inspiring songs of 2020, is the result, it’s clear that even in the darkest moments of Demi’s life where she needed the most help, God was there, guiding her through the darkness and into the light, leading her to realise that ‘…I’m a 10 out of 10 even when I forget…’. “Sober” is probably the only other song which really caught my attention in relation to me starting to be invested in Demi’s songs- and with that particular track which declares that she isn’t sober anymore, written around the time of “Anyone”; it’s clear that 2018 was the year where Demi struggled the most. But hopefully, Demi has been through the other side. And hopefully the upcoming seventh album is her most personal yet. From these two singles (or maybe “Sober”, if that’s present on the album!), I reckon it will be.

Demi’s passion and songwriting ability, from these albums that I have heard (even if I haven’t heard her entire discography), only serves to confirm my suspicions that she is one of today’s most prolific songwriters. And as songwriters usually do, they collaborate a ton. So as with Demi’s discography, there are a ton of collaborations here, and songs that are probably even more compelling than the songs on her album. But as this blog is already long, let me just list these songs/videos with other artists, and you can take a listen/look and be amazed and full of wonder. Collabs include “Up” (Olly Murs), “Solo” (Clean Bandit), the upcoming “I’m Ready” (Sam Smith) releasing at the end of this month, “Fall In Line” (Christina Aguilera), “No Promises” (Cheat Codes), “Without A Fight” (Brad Paisley), “I Believe” (DJ Khaled), and “Instruction” (Jax Jones). Other songs Demi has recorded which haven’t fit on any album include “Heart To Heart” from the Mortal Instruments, soundtrack, “I Will Survive” from Angry Birds, a pop version of “Let It Go” from Frozen, and a cover of Elton John’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” on Elton John’s remix/rerecorded album. Demi’s acting career, though stalling while she was in rehab and while she was going through her many addictions, is pretty impressive too, as she has been involved in plenty of TV and movies. Sonny With A Chance, Barney and Friends (same as Selena Gomez), Camp Rock and it’s sequel, The Smurfs 2, Glee, The X Factor (as a judge in seasons 2 and 3), her 2017 documentary Simply Complicated, as well as last year’s stint in Will And Grace, and this year’s upcoming Netflix comedy movie Eurovision with Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams- that’s a pretty impressive list for someone still battling her demons. And if that music and acting isn’t enough, then if you add in the renewing of Demi’s faith in Jesus, and then you get one pretty well rounded person, and a person we’d all like to see a lot more of in the future- in movies and in music.

I tried to seek God through other experiences, whether that’s through other relationships or substances. And it’s just like, I had to realize that the God that I’m seeking, the God that I love and the God that I want to be my God is available 24/7, always at an arm’s length and constantly with me. I need to focus on myself and my relationship with myself and my relationship with God. [Scooter Braun] was like, ‘Hey, do you wanna go to Bible study?’ And I was like, ‘Wait, aren’t you Jewish?’ So he took me there and I just heard God clearer than I had heard Him in a long time…I just feel safer and I feel renewed… apI shied away from church for many years. I didn’t feel welcome. I was also questioning my sexuality…I just found a place out here in L.A. that accepts me for who I am, no matter who I love. And there’s no judgment. And that’s what I needed…there is something absolutely magical about Israel. I’ve never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God … something I’ve been missing for a few years now. To be baptized in the Jordan river — the same place Jesus was baptized — I’ve never felt more renewed in my life

If you type in ‘Demi Lovato’ in Youtube (as I have for the purposes of this blog), plenty of videos come up that showcase her just overall happiness at life in general, and that is a definite good thing. Maybe the joy of the Lord is upon her… In depth interviews with Zane Lowe and Ashley Graham in particular reveal a vulnerable side to Demi not often seen or heard, and as she outlined with Ashley miracle after miracle that God performed in her life, as well as a testimony involving Will Ferrell, as well as outlining with Zane how she got back into the church and how she reconnected with God; there’s no denying that Jesus is working through her more than we can ever imagine. Is Demi a true believer in Christ, you ask? I’d like to think so, and there is evidence in these interviews that back up my assertion that yes, she is the real deal. However only time will tell, so you all can pray for Demi if you want to. As for the rest of the videos that promote her happiness, well I’ve embedded them in below, as Demi plays with puppies while answering fan questions, plays in a contest with a fan about Demi Lovato trivia, as well as a fellow influencer about who’s the biggest Demi fan. Demi also went undercover as a lyft driver which is a pretty fun video, as well as embarking on a riff-off with James Corden and a best friends challenge with Jimmy Fallon. Demi Lovato also headlined an episode of the Youtube series ‘Best Cover Ever’ back in 2015, as she invited 2 bands to perform their cover of “Cool For The Summer”; as well as embarking on major tours including the Neon Lights Tour, Demi World Tour, Future Now Tour, and the Tell Me You Love Me World Tour. All of this evidence showing her happiness makes me really, well happy to be a fan of her music- and by the way if she did tour Australia, I think I would be interested in going. Just saying. Anyway, as sky right now is the limit for Demi, and there’s nothing that I reckon she can’t do, as God is with her always and always…how about a Christmas album or a worship album or an acoustic album? Demi would be good at that, I’m sure. Yet though we cannot know the future, one thing is certain- that Demi Lovato will continue to be a light in this darkened world; and will continue to inspire in all that she does. So while we wait to see what Demi has got next in store, and while we anxiously wait for album #7, let us be blessed, and yes even worship God with these heartfelt, poignant and honest songs. Well done Demi, I can’t wait to hear and see what is next! Bring on the movie Eurovision!

We hear the term body positivity all the time. To be honest, I don’t always feel positive about my body. Sometimes I do not like what I see. I don’t sit there and dwell on it. I also don’t lie to myself. I used to look in the mirror if I was having a bad body image day and say ‘I love my body, you’re beautifully and wonderfully made.’ But I didn’t believe it. I don’t have to lie to myself and tell myself I have an amazing body. All I have to say is ‘I’m healthy.’ In that statement, I express gratitude. I am grateful for my strength and things I can do with my body. I am saying I’m healthy and I accept the way my body is today without changing anything.

For so many years I dealt with an eating disorder. What I wasn’t ever open with myself about was, whenever I was in the gym I was doing it to an unhealthy. I think that’s what led me down a darker path—I was still engaging in these behaviors. Embracing my body as it is naturally is why I took the month of October off the gym.

What people don’t realize is I’m an extremely sensitive person. When someone says something mean about me or makes a meme making fun of me, I have a good sense of humor. But when it’s a very serious subject it can be hurtful. Even if you have an account thats like ‘ImaDemiFan,’ that’s the name, and you leave one comment that said ‘You look like Lord Farquaad with that hair,’ I’m like, ‘damn, that kind of sucks.’ I’m so tired of pretending I’m not human. When you say stuff, it affects me. I try not to look, but I see it…when I’m able to see both sides, it pulls me out from zeroing in on the negative. But I’m human and I think that’s important to remember

Does Demi Lovato make the list for you all when you write your own ‘Influential Artists of the next 5-10 years’ list? Is there any song (other than “Sorry Not Sorry”, “Confident”, “Father”, “Warrior”, “I Love Me” and “Anyone”) that has impacted you on your journey through life thus far, or even your walk with God? Let us know in the comments. Till next time!

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