DioGuardi is a Grammy-nominated songwriter, producer, music publisher, author and former American Idol judge. New England’s adopted daughter makes her home in York, Maine where she spends much of her time nurturing the next generation of songwriters and performers.
An extraordinary songwriter, DioGuardi has written for or collaborated with artists such as Pink, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, Rascal Flatts, Gwen Stefani, Céline Dion, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Santana, Meatloaf and many others. The result? More than 50 charting singles and sales of more than 160 million albums. She has been honored with BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year, NAMM Music for Life, NMPA Songwriter Icon and more than 20 other awards for her rich career.
DioGuardi was also a judge on seasons 8 and 9 of FOX’s American Idol about which she wrote a memoir, “A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love & American Idol.” In 2011, she made her Broadway debut in Chicago, as Roxy Hart.
Her company Arthouse Entertainment remains one of the most successful boutique publishers in the world, with hits by Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato and Cee Lo Green.
DioGuardi shares her experience with young songwriters and singers each fall and summer as a Herb Alpert Visiting Scholar at the renowned Berklee School of Music in Boston.
In 2007, DioGuardi partnered with the Phoenix House, a national drug rehabilitation center, to create recording studios in five of their facilities and allow their residents an emotional safe-haven to help them in their recovery. She also works closely with the Columbus Citizen’s Foundation and has funded a scholarship in her family’s name to help financially challenged students of Italian descent to attend college.