Demi Lovato’s voice is one-of-a-kind. At the 2011 Do Something Awards, OneRepublic’s frontman Ryan Tedder (a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter who's worked with everyone from Adele to Beyonce) spoke to E! about working with the former Disney star on her new album, Unbroken. “I had no idea how good her voice is. She's one of the best singers I've ever worked with,” he said. “Literally, that good... I mean, she's a Kelly Clarkson-level vocalist. And Kelly has a set of pipes.”
The Grammy-nominated producer collaborated with 18-year-old Lovato on a song titled “Who’s That?” and according to EOnline, Tedder described the song as more upbeat than “Skyscraper,” Lovato’s first single off of Unbroken. “Skyscraper” reached the number one spot on iTunes after its release earlier this summer and was the singer/actress’ first single out after she was released from rehab earlier this year.
On the new song, Tedder hinted that a rapper was featured, but wouldn’t divulge the identity of the hip hop star except to say, “it is going to shock everybody.” Lovato performed “Skyscraper” for the first time ever at Sunday’s taping of the awards ceremony. The Do Something Awards, which will air this Thursday on VH1 this Thursday at 9 p.m. ET., celebrates people ages 25 and younger who actively pursue causes to make the world better place.
Before her performance, Lovato admitted to EOnline that she was nervous. “I feel like when I’m on stage, I’m able to open up my heart and invite them into the song and the song’s about the journey that I was on,” she said, “so I’m inviting them, and even you, if you watch it, I’m inviting you guys on a journey when I sing this song – and that’s what music is all about.”