Kara DioGuardi is a Grammy and Emmy nominated songwriter, former American Idol judge, producer and music publisher. For the past five years, she has been a Herb Albert Visiting Scholar at Berklee College of Music. As one of the most successful contemporary songwriters in the world, Kara’s songs have appeared on more than 160 million albums. She has won over 20 BMI awards for most performed songs, including BMI’s 2007 Songwriter of the Year award. She’s had over 320 songs released by major labels, 150 songs on platinum selling albums, and over 50 charting singles. Her credits include successes and collaborations with artists such as Pink, Katy Perry, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus, Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato, Gwen Stefani, Carrie Underwood, Colbie Caillat, Enrique Iglesias, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Darius Rucker, Faith Hill, Santana and many more.
Kara is also an established record producer, record executive, music publisher and author. As Executive Vice President at Warner Brothers Records, Kara signed artists such as Jason Derulo. Her publishing company, Arthouse Entertainment, boasts hits from artists like Bruno Mars, Carrie Underwood, Jon Bellion, Eminem, Jason Derulo, Flo Rida, and Rihanna. She recently signed artists Jon Bellion and Pete Nappi of Ocean Park Standoff to Arthouse.
Additionally, Kara was a judge on seasons 8 and 9 of the hit FOX show, American Idol and featured as the head judge on Bravo’s songwriting reality show competition, Platinum Hit. In the fall of 2011, Kara made her Broadway stage debut as merry murderess, Roxie Hart, in the Tony Award-winning hit musical CHICAGO.
Kara built five recording studios at Phoenix House, one of the nation’s leading non-profits dedicated to leading individuals, families and communities affected by addiction from disrupted to productive lives. She also has an educational scholarship in her family’s name at the Columbus Citizens Foundation that provides financial support to students of Italian descent. In 2017, Kara cofounded Inspired Nation, a non for profit that creates youth talent shows across the county. All benefits go to youth oriented charities. She is an advocate for creating awareness and legislative reform around child sexual abuse.