Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta)
Born: March 28, 1986, New York, New York
Marital Status: Single
Education: Convent of the Sacred Heart, New University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Dropped Out)
“Every bit of me is devoted to love and art. And I aspire to try to be a teacher to my young fans who feel just like I felt when I was younger. I just felt like a freak. I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m trying to liberate them, I want to free them of their fears and make them feel that they can make their own space in the world.”
Lady Gaga is one of the most influential artists in the world today. Even putting aside her rather unorthodox and conspicuous on-stage persona, her contributions to the music industry cannot be denied. Lady Gaga has become more than just a singer and performer; she has redefined Pop music.
Lady Gaga fostered a love for music from a young age. She began playing the piano at the age of four, and even wrote her first piano ballad at the age of 13. At her school, Convent of the Sacred Heart, she would become a regular fixture in the musical productions. Although she would go on to enroll at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and even be part of the respected CAP21 conservatory, she would drop out and pursue her dream of a musical career.
After cultivating a small but loyal following, Lady Gaga caught the attention of Dej Jam Recordings. She was signed to the label, but would ultimately be dropped by it only after three months. She used this opportunity to work on her on-stage persona with the help of performance artist Lady Starlight. She mixed elements of ne0-burlesque into her already atypical shows. Her new sound and style caught the attention of Interscope Records Record Executive, Vincent Herbert. Lady Gaga was hired to write songs for artists such as Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block, Fergie, and Pussycat Dolls.
Lady Gaga would eventually draw the attention of Akon. He was so impressed by her, that he convinced Interscope Records CEO Jimmy Lovine to form a joint deal by having her sign with his own label, Kon Live. She would also meet music producer and future collaborator RedOne during this time. They collaboration would lead to Lady Gaga’s first album, The Fame.
The first single of the record, “Just Dance,” was a modest hit that earned her a Grammy nomination. The next single off The Fame was a true hit. “Poker Face” reached number one in most major music markets worldwide. It was nominated for Song of the Year, and won the Grammy for Best Dance Recording.
While touring, Lady Gaga wrote an EP of eight songs that was released in November 2009. The EP, The Fame Monster, earned her six Grammy nominations. Hits from the EP include “Bad Romance,” “Telephone,” and “Alejandro.” The Fame Monster won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album.
Gaga’s second album, Born This Way, was released in May 2011. It sold 1.108 albums in its first week. The bigger hits off the album include “Born This Way,” “Judas,” “The Edge of Glory.” Born This Way earned three Grammy nominations including Album of the Year.
Lady Gaga continues to be a major innovator in the field of music. Her constant experimentation and refinement of her own brand of electronic pop has influenced her peers and burgeoning artists from around the world.
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