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Happy Birthday To Ossining'’s Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi

Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi turns 45 on Wednesday.
Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi turns 45 on Wednesday. Photo Credit:

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Happy birthday to Ossining’s Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi.

DioGuardi, who was born in Ossining, turns 45 on Wednesday.

DioGuardi, a singer-songwriter, record producer, music publisher, artist and repertoire executive, composer and TV personality, was born Dec. 9, 1970. She writes music primarily in the light pop-rock, dance and R&B genres. DioGuardi has worked with many popular artists. Total albums on which her songs have appeared exceeds 159 million worldwide. DioGuardi is a Grammy-nominated writer, 2011 NAMM Music For Life Award winner, 2009 NMPA Songwriter Icon Award winner, 2007 BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year and has received 15 BMI Awards for co-writing the most performed songs on the radio.

DioGuardi served as a judge on "American Idol" for its eighth and ninth seasons. In 2008, she was appointed to the position of executive vice president of talent development at Warner Bros. Records and has signed acts such as Jason Derülo and Iyaz. In 2011, she was a head judge on the Bravo singer-songwriter competition series "Platinum Hit."

In 2003, DioGuardi won a BMI Cable Award for co-writing and performing "Somethin' To Say," the theme to the Lifetime Television series "For the People." DioGuardi has been awarded 15 BMI awards for having co-written the most performed songs on the radio. In 2007, DioGuardi was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Song of the Year for her writing on the Belinda single "Bella Traición." In November 2007, DioGuardi was awarded the TAXI A&R award for Humanitarian of the Year at their annual Road Rally Convention.

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