She’s only 24, but after five studio albums and a dozen concert tours, it’s not a stretch to call Demi Lovato a veteran of the music business.
Still, the pop star has never done anything quite like what she’s taking on this week.
On Wednesday, Lovato came to Nashville on the second stop of her “Houseparty” tour. The seven-city trek has her playing surprise shows for fans in living rooms and other intimate locales.
Nashville’s party took place at the Mansion at Fontanel — a 33,000-square-foot log home that was once the residence of Barbara Mandrell.
The tour is promoting Lovato’s new single, “Sorry Not Sorry,” which was released on Tuesday. That night, she and 200 fans celebrated in Boston with a living room concert that included an appearance from NFL star Rob Gronkowski.
On Wednesday, she made a quick stop in Birmingham, Alabama before heading to Nashville.
“It’s been really hectic, but it’s also been really fun,” Lovato told USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee. “Any time I’m with my fans, it makes me feel fulfilled.”
“Yesterday, when I performed (‘Sorry Not Sorry’), they were still learning the words. They knew the chorus, but they didn’t quite know the verses. Today I went and performed in Birmingham, and they knew every single word. I don’t even learn a song that fast, and I’m a professional singer!”
The 200 or so fans gathered in Nashville kept that trend going Wednesday night. After Lovato performed “Sorry,” she brought out a special, only-in-Nashville guest: Billy Ray Cyrus. Naturally, he performed his signature “Achy Breaky Heart” while Lovato sang and danced alongside him.
She’s known Cyrus since her Disney Channel days, of course.
“When I was about 15, we were neighbors, and I met him through Miley, obviously…I think (his cameo was) perfectly fitting for Nashville.”
Lovato says “Sorry,” with its belted chorus and trap-inspired beat, is a good indicator of where she wants to head musically.
“I want to showcase my voice,” she says. “And I also want to be able to sing more soulful music.”
But first, she needs to make her way through the “Houseparty” tour. Next stop: Chicago.
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