While Kara DioGuardi has been having a very successful songwriter and music studio producer career for many years, it wasn’t until she appeared as a judge on American Idol that her name exploded in the industry. Her ability to craft and produce award winning songs one after the other for many different artists has made DioGuardi one of the most sought-after pop songwriter and producer of the 2000’s. Her collaborations have included no other than pop royalty Kylie Minogue and Christina Aguilera, as well as Meat Loaf, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Theory of a Deadman and many others.
Born on December 9th 1970 from a Albanian and Italian descent, Kara DioGuardi was used to being in the public eye from a very young age: her father is no other than former Republican Congressman Joseph J. DioGuardi and she happens to be a distant cousin of TV sensation Regis Philbin. Her initial career path did not lead on to believe she would end up in the music industry: DioGuardi is a political science graduate from Duke University. It was only after earning her degree that she landed a job at Billboard Magazine as an assistant and then advertising sales representative.
From then Kara DioGuardi certainly took a liking to the music industry and decided to invest her time wisely in the industry by becoming a professional songwriter. Her unique abilities certainly made her one of the prolific and successful writers of the industry in the last decade. Her catalogue, which counts many hundreds of songs, also includes 279 songs released on major record labels, 169 songs on multi-platinum albums and 50 international chart toppers. Her songs have not only been featured on incredible popular albums of our generation but also in motion pictures, television shows, radio spots and international commercial campaigns.
After her brief stint on two seasons of American Idol, DioGuardi returned to songwriting and production with an even more active interest. Some of her biggest achievements include songs by Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Meat Loaf, Theory of a Deadman, Kylie Minogue, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Hilary Duff and many other international acts of the decade. Her input in the pop culture of the last 15 years is undeniable and she has been recognized many times for her achievements. As a songwriter and music studio producer, Kara DioGuardi certainly established herself as being a force to be reckoned in an industry mostly dominated by men.