Is American pop star Demi Lovato exploring folk music in her upcoming album?

Lovato’s fifth studio album is scheduled for release this year and managed to catch up with the Really Don’t Care hitmaker recently.

“I am inspired by a lot of different genres so I have been trying to incorporate several into my new music. I had a lot of fun experimenting with more of a folk sound with Olly Murs on his song Up,” teased the singer who remained a little tight-lipped about the album in an e-mail interview.

We can’t tell if that’s a hint of what’s to come for Lovato musically, but it wouldn’t be entirely out of the picture. But one thing is for certain: Lovato promises to wear her heart on her sleeve in the new release.

“I feel like it is the most open and raw I have been with my music. I have grown up a lot since my last album and I think my fans will see that in my upcoming music,” the 22-year-old artiste shared.

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Lovato, who was in Kuala Lumpur for a concert recently, is currently working on her fifth album. Photo: Universal Music

In the past, Lovato has been opening up her life to listeners through music. For instance, she co-penned For The Love Of A Daughter off 2011’s Unbroken, offering listeners a glimpse of her relationship with her estranged biological father.

Lovato also went public with her struggles including self-harming, bulimia, bipolar disorder, drug and alcohol abuse. In 2012, Lovato even allowed cameras inside a rehab facility to document her difficult journey.

In March, the singer celebrated three years of sobriety.

“Every day is a new day and I am so proud of how far I have come. I can’t wait to keep living my life and celebrating many more years!” she said.

It’s unlikely the new album will be dropping anytime soon, as Lovato, who recently performed in Kuala Lumpur, just wrapped up her world tour less than two weeks ago. Besides new music to look forward to, Lovato will be voicing the female lead, Lenore, in Disney’s animated film Charming.

“I was so excited about this role because I have always wanted to do voice-over work. Lenore is a strong woman and I think she and I share that strength,” she said.

Little is known yet about her role save for the fact that Lenore is Prince Charming’s spunky love interest (she’s no damsel-in-distress).

Lovato also revealed that she feels confident about her own body, no matter what the world thinks: “I think everyone is beautiful in their own skin and the media can give an unrealistic portrayal or expectations. I love my curves and I hope I can inspire other women to feel the same way.”

Speaking of skin, she is rocking a new rose tattoo, covering up the much talked-about red lips tattoo.

“I love roses and I think they are so beautiful. Once I had the idea of a rose, I fell in love with it and got the tattoo very shortly after,” Lovato shared.

Helping and inspiring others is something very close to the pop star’s heart.

So much so, when asked about her proudest career achievement so far, Lovato didn’t talk about her sophomore effort, Here We Go Again, debuting at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart or her last album, Demi, which sold over a million copies worldwide. Instead, she responded: “It is so hard to pinpoint one moment. I am really proud of my Lovato Scholarship programme, which I started after my birth father passed away.

“The non-profit helps fund people who need treatment (for mental health and addiction issues), but might not be able to afford it. I had a benefit concert around my third sobriety birthday and it was a very proud moment for me.”