Catching up with Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers will take on the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach on September 7 for the Jonas Brothers 2010 World Tour / Camp Rock 2 Tour. Kids, tweens and teens may be swallowing them up at the moment, but hey, I’m in my early 20s now, and I’m pretty psyched about the concert!

While the JoBros are quite the talented trio, what I’m really looking forward to is seeing Demi perform live. She’s one of my top two favorite musical artists. The singer-songwriter and actress, who just turned 18 on Friday, is not only totally gorgeous and seemingly so down-to-earth, but she has excellent vocal abilities. Just YouTube some of her no-holds-barred live performances or the silly videos she’s made with fellow Disney celeb and best friend Selena Gomez, whom she met while on Barney back in the day.

It was in summer 2008 that the Disney Channel Original Movie “Camp Rock” first blew up and Demi hit stardom. She went on do another wildly popular Disney Channel Original Movie, “Princess Protection Program,” and land the lead role on “Sonny with a Chance,” currently in its second season. Now comes “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam,” set to debut on Disney on September 3.

Although the Dallas native is probably best known to the masses for these Disney projects, she also released two albums during the past two years: the first, “Don’t Forget,” debuted in September 2008 at number two on the Billboard 200 and the second, “Here We Go Again,” released in July 2009, hit number one on the chart. And that’s where I think people like me—not a kid, nor a tween, nor a teen—have taken notice. My best friend and I have long outgrown the Disney Channel, but we know just about every word of every song on both CDs. I’ve got a feeling that Demi’s pipes will continue to bring her success once she moves on from Disney.

We got Demi on the line to give us some updates. The star, who says she is currently a few songs into her third album, due out sometime next year, was hanging out on her tour bus heading toward the Connecticut concert stop when we caught up with her. Here’s what she had to say:

You’ve already performed several shows. How is the tour going so far? Really, really good—we’ve had so much fun. Every night we get on stage, we’re laughing, we’re having a good time. So, I love it.

You’re also working on your third album. How would you describe it? [It will] show my true colors. I think it’s finally the album that I’ve always wanted to make but I’ve never had the time to.

Your first two albums had a pop/rock vibe, but for this next one you’re doing R&B, which you grew up singing. How did you decide to move into that genre?I think it was just a matter of I get bored really easily. … And I just wanted to try something new. I wanna do that for the rest of my career to—keep changing.

Will you still incorporate some pop/rock? I don’t really know yet. I don’t have any pop/rock songs on it yet, so we’ll see.

There’s a new “Sonny With A Chance” fashion line at Target, called “D Signed,” and I know you’re really into fashion. Is there any chance that you’re gonna have your own clothing line sometime down the road? That would be amazing. I’d love to do that. Right now, I’m just focused on my music and my acting and everything else I’m doing.

So, especially because of your own experiences with bullying, you’ve done campaigning against it. Are you doing any new anti-bullying projects at all?I’m not doing any new ones, but I’m able to meet my fans at every show, and they’ll tell me their experiences. … I’m still observing the entire [bullying] situation so that I can help one day … not have any bullying in the world.

Do you have any other projects coming up? Hopefully a third season of “Sonny With a Chance.” We’re still waiting to hear if it will get picked up. And I’d love to find time to film a movie at some point, but right now, you know, just focusing on the album.

So where do you see yourself in five or ten years? Are you thinking that you’ll focus more on music, or movies or TV, or do you plan to stick with the combination? I think I’m gonna stick with the combination. I get bored pretty easily. I can’t do one or the other. I wanna continue to work as hard as I can. You’ll see me all over.