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Kara DioGuardi Biography

Birth Name:
Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi
Birth Place:
New York, United States
Songwriter, producer, singer, reality competition judge

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • John DioGuardi -- Brother
  • Joseph J. DioGuardi -- Father
  • Mike McCuddy -- Husband
  • Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi -- Mother
  • Greyson James Carroll McCuddy -- Son