- Father, Joseph J. DioGuardi, was a Republican Congressman in the 1980s; mother, Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi, co-founded the Albanian American Civic League.
- Changed her mind about becoming a lawyer during her junior year at Duke University, and began singing with a garage band called Gramma Trips.
- Worked at Billboard magazine for five years in the mid-'90s.
- With the Eurythmics Dave Stewart, formed pop-rock group Platinum Weird, which released its debut album in 2006.
- Served as a judge on ABC's short-lived talent competition series The One: Making a Music Star (2006).
- Was named Broadcast Music Inc.'s 2006 Pop Songwriter of the Year, and has won a number of other songwriting awards from the performing-rights organization.
- Has composed songs for American Idol alums Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood, Katharine McPhee, Taylor Hicks and Bo Bice, among others.
- Mike McCuddy — Husband
- John DioGuardi — Brother
- Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi — Mother
- Joseph J. DioGuardi — Father
- Greyson James Carroll McCuddy — Son
- Duke University, Durham North Carolina, United States (Political Science)
- Birth Name: Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi
- Birth Place: New York, United States
- Profession: Songwriter, Producer, Singer, Reality competition judge
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