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KARA DIOGUARDI is a Grammy nominated songwriter, producer, Warner Brother's music executive, author, and TV personality. As one of the most successful contemporary songwriters in the world, Kara’s songs have appeared on more than 160 million albums. She has had over 50 charting singles with artists such as Pink, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, Rascal Flatts, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, The Band Perry, Colbie Caillat and Darius Rucker.  Kara was also a judge on seasons 8 and 9 of the hit FOX show “American Idol.” Her book, “A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love & American Idol," was released in 2011.  She also starred as Roxie Hart in "Chicago" on Broadway.

In 2007, Kara 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 from Italian descent attend college.