Listen to the Bee Gees and you can learn to be a great writer.

— Kara DioGuardi

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I was a pop-music junkie. My parents were into Frank Sinatra and Doris Day. They weren't too excited when I had Aretha or the Stones pumping.

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Yeah... I was a singer as a kid. I had a lot of stage fright, and what's happened with "Idol," it has got me past so much of that.

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When I look at myself, I'd like not to have hair on the top of the ceiling.

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I felt like I got more comfortable on "Idol" when I just started being myself and not trying to be what I thought I had to be.

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I don't go to record stores to look at my albums, but it's always a thrill to see them.

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Some of the best songs that artists perform year after year are ones they hated.

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I've never been fired in my life.

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I'm a native New Yorker, so I'm edgier; I kind of tell it like it is.

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I can sing in front of people. I can go on a TV show, live, and not feel like I'm going to throw up.

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There's a lot of craft that goes into achieving a hit song - at the beginning of your career, you're usually more inspiration than craft, and you get great when those intersect. A skilled songwriter can get you to that intersection.

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Just because you're a star on television doesn't mean that you can be a music phenomenon or an artist. You have to have the material to back it, and it's all about hit songs. I can name you every "Idol" winner and why they didn't go on to have success - their songs. The ones who have - their songs.

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Look at someone like Ke$ha. I wouldn't say she's got the most rangy, incredible voice, but she's got a thing. She stands for something, and people are buying into that.

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About Kara DioGuardi

Quotes 20 sayings
Profession Singer-songwriter
Birthday December 9, 1970

I looked a little pasty. But hey, at least I didn't wet myself!

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I don't think people really understood what I did.

And you know, in my book, 'A Helluva High Note' deals with my back story, that I was a songwriter, that I spent years trying to hone my craft and being rejected and then finally becoming a successful songwriter, record executive and publisher.

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I can make the argument that people who don't have the biggest ranges but have very unique voices, even if they may be pitchy at times... with the right record that's really unique and distinct, they can have big hits.

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I have breakups that I can credit to every song.

In my twenties, I picked people who would create that dysfunction and drama, so I could draw upon it.

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Songwriters tell the truth.

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I wanted a child, and there was no way I could get pregnant under the stress of 18-hour work days and live TV. When you're somebody who's used to making a decision about what they want to do and getting it and achieving it, when your body fails you, it's a whole other experience.

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The thing that's tricky is sometimes the best voices - just because someone hits the big notes and sounds amazing - it doesn't necessarily mean they make the greatest artists.

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