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While you may know her from her role as a judge on American Idol Seasons 8 and 9, Kara is one of the industry’s most sought after songwriters and producers. Her songs have appeared on more than 159 million albums. Kara is a Grammy nominated hitmaker, 2011 NAMM Music For Life Award winner, 2009 NMPA Songwriter Icon Award winner, 2007 BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year, and has received 17 BMI Awards for co-writing the most performed songs on the radio. Kara also works at Warner Bros Records where she serves as Executive VP of Talent Development, Office of the Chairman, and has signed hit artists such as Jason Derulo and Iyaz. Further, Kara co-owns Arthouse Entertainment, a music-publishing venture, with Bug Music, which has published such hits as B.O.B.’s “Nothin’ On You,” Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade,” Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You,” and Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Handle Me.” Kara is also currently appearing as the head judge of Platinum Hit, Bravo’s new reality show in search of America’s best songwriters. On April 26, 2011 Harper Collins released her self-penned book, A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol.
Kara’s most recent songwriting releases cover a variety of music genres and include Darius Rucker’s “This,” Colbie Caillat’s “I Never Told You,” Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It” and “Mama’s Song,” Pink’s “Sober,” Kelly Clarkson’s “I Do Not Hook Up,” Cobra Starship ft. Leighton Meester’s “Good Girls Go Bad,” and Theory of a Deadman’s “Not Meant to Be,” among others.
More than 307 of her songs have been released on major labels and nearly 150 of those have appeared on platinum-selling albums. Throughout her career, she has had over 45 worldwide charting singles and her songs have helped propel more than 66 albums into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. Kara’s songs are continuously featured in major motion pictures, television shows, film soundtracks, and radio spots, as well as national and international commercial campaigns.
Kara’s songs have been recorded by Grammy award winning artists such as Pink, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Rascal Flatts, Colbie Caillat, Santana, Faith Hill, Darius Rucker, Toni Braxton, Meat Loaf, and Marc Anthony. Many other major recording artists have also released Kara’s song including Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Jonas Brothers, Adam Lambert, Leona Lewis, Camp Rock, Katy Perry, Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus, Natasha Bedingfield, Demi Lovato, Kris Allen, Theory of a Deadman, Allison Iraheta, Cobra Starship, Pussycat Dolls, Ashley Tisdale, Katharine McPhee, David Archuleta, Bo Bice, Clay Aiken, Jesse McCartney, Backstreet Boys, Ashlee Simpson, Hilary Duff, Tom Jones, Jessica Simpson, Jewel, Nick Lachey, Jo Dee Messina, and Daddy Yankee. DioGuardi has achieved equal success internationally with hit singles for artists such as Enrique Iglesias, Anastacia, Ricky Martin, Kylie Minogue, Diego, Belinda, RBD, Eros Ramazzotti, Delta Goodrem, Darius, Thalia, and Martine McCutcheon.
Kara’s co-production credits include Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Santana, Hannah Montana, Camp Rock, Jonas Borhters, Adam Lambert, Hilary Duff, Kylie Minogue, Pussycat Dolls, Backstreet Boys, Katharine McPhee, and Puddle of Mudd.
Kara is also involved in a variety of charity work and has raised money and built several recording studios at various locations of the nationally renowned youth outpatient substance
abuse center, Phoenix House. She also has a scholarship fund in her family’s name, in conjunction with Columbus Citizens Foundation, which enables financially challenged Italian Americans the opportunity to attend college.