Artist of the Month

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>Lady Gaga, singer/songwriter/actress

Born: March 28, 1986– Lady Gaga is a singer, songwriter and actress known for her unconventionality, provocative work, and visual experimentation. Early Life Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28, 1986, in Yonkers, New York, to Cynthia and Joseph Germanotta. Now known as Lady Gaga (the inspiration for her name came from the Queen song “Radio Ga-Ga”), she has become an international pop star. Gaga learned to play the piano by the age of 4. At the age of 11, she was accepted to the Juilliard School in Manhattan, but instead attended a private Catholic school in the city. She continued studying music and performing, writing her first piano ballad at the age of 13, and she held her first performance in a New York nightclub at the age of 14. A few years later, Gaga was granted early admission to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts—she was one of only 20 students in the world to receive the honor of early acceptance. While there, she studied music and worked on her songwriting skills. She later withdrew from school to find creative inspiration. To make ends meet, she took three jobs, including a stint as a gogo dancer, while she honed her performance-art act. Professional Debut In 2005, Lady Gaga was briefly signed by Def Jam Records, but was dropped just months later. Being dropped by the label propelled the singer to perform on her own in clubs and venues on New York City's Lower East Side. There, she collaborated with several rock bands, and began her experimentation with fashion. In 2007, at the age of 20, Gaga began work at Interscope Records as a songwriter for other artists on the label, including Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block and The Pussycat Dolls. R&B singer Akon discovered Gaga while she was performing a burlesque show that she created, called “Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue.” Impressed, Akon signed the performer to his label under the Interscope umbrella, Kon Live. Through 2007 and 2008, Gaga wrote and recorded her debut album, The Fame. The record received positive reviews and was successful in the United States. With the help of her own creative team, “Haus of Gaga,” the performer also began to make a name for herself internationally. Career Expansion In 2014, she released an album of jazz duets with crooner Tony Bennett entitled Cheek to Cheek, which later won a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In an interview with Parade, Lady Gaga said of her latest collaboration, “Working with Tony has reaffirmed everything I knew but that you start to forget when your life changes and it gets really noisy. For Tony, it’s all about great music.” Gaga continued to showcase her versatility and strength as a vocalist at the Academy Awards telecast in Feburary 2015, paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music and actress/singer Julie Andrews by performing selections from the musical. Later that year, she also showed her gifts as an actress by co-starring in American Horror Story: Hotel, earning a Golden Globe for her portrayal of The Countess. In 2016, it was announced that Gaga had been cast in a remake of A Star Is Born as Ally. A Star Is Born became a hit with audiences upon its October 2018 release, grossing an impressive $400 billion globally. The co-stars both earned Academy Award nominations for their performances, while their duet for the film, “Shallow,” produced Golden Globe, Grammy and Oscar wins for Gaga. On December 19, 2017, Gaga announced via Instagram that she had signed on for a Las Vegas residency. The following August, she confirmed that she would begin her residency at MGM Resorts' Park Theater at the end of the year, performing two separate shows over 27 dates: Lady Gaga Enigma, a collection of her most popular songs, and Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano, which features stripped-down versions of her greatest hits as well as selections from the Great American Songbook. Awards and Accolades Having sold 27 million albums and 146 million singles as of January 2016, Gaga is one of the best- selling music artists in history. Her achievements include several Guiness world records, nine Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and an award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Council of Fashion Designeres of America. She has been declared Billboard’s Artist of the Year and included among Forbes’ power and earnings rankings. She was ranked number four on VH1’s Greatest Women in Music in 2012 and second on Times’ 2011 readers’ poll of the most influential people of the past ten years and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2015. https://www.biography.com/musician/lady-gaga https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Gaga

Artist of the Month

>Lady Gaga, singer/songwriter/actress

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Born: March 28, 1986– Lady Gaga is a singer, songwriter and actress known for her unconventionality, provocative work, and visual experimentation. Early Life Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28, 1986, in Yonkers, New York, to Cynthia and Joseph Germanotta. Now known as Lady Gaga (the inspiration for her name came from the Queen song “Radio Ga-Ga”), she has become an international pop star. Gaga learned to play the piano by the age of 4. At the age of 11, she was accepted to the Juilliard School in Manhattan, but instead attended a private Catholic school in the city. She continued studying music and performing, writing her first piano ballad at the age of 13, and she held her first performance in a New York nightclub at the age of 14. A few years later, Gaga was granted early admission to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts—she was one of only 20 students in the world to receive the honor of early acceptance. While there, she studied music and worked on her songwriting skills. She later withdrew from school to find creative inspiration. To make ends meet, she took three jobs, including a stint as a gogo dancer, while she honed her performance-art act. Professional Debut In 2005, Lady Gaga was briefly signed by Def Jam Records, but was dropped just months later. Being dropped by the label propelled the singer to perform on her own in clubs and venues on New York City's Lower East Side. There, she collaborated with several rock bands, and began her experimentation with fashion. In 2007, at the age of 20, Gaga began work at Interscope Records as a songwriter for other artists on the label, including Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block and The Pussycat Dolls. R&B singer Akon discovered Gaga while she was performing a burlesque show that she created, called “Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue.” Impressed, Akon signed the performer to his label under the Interscope umbrella, Kon Live. Through 2007 and 2008, Gaga wrote and recorded her debut album, The Fame. The record received positive reviews and was successful in the United States. With the help of her own creative team, “Haus of Gaga,” the performer also began to make a name for herself internationally. Career Expansion In 2014, she released an album of jazz duets with crooner Tony Bennett entitled Cheek to Cheek, which later won a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In an interview with Parade, Lady Gaga said of her latest collaboration, “Working with Tony has reaffirmed everything I knew but that you start to forget when your life changes and it gets really noisy. For Tony, it’s all about great music.” Gaga continued to showcase her versatility and strength as a vocalist at the Academy Awards telecast in Feburary 2015, paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music and actress/singer Julie Andrews by performing selections from the musical. Later that year, she also showed her gifts as an actress by co-starring in American Horror Story: Hotel, earning a Golden Globe for her portrayal of The Countess. In 2016, it was announced that Gaga had been cast in a remake of A Star Is Born as Ally. A Star Is Born became a hit with audiences upon its October 2018 release, grossing an impressive $400 billion globally. The co-stars both earned Academy Award nominations for their performances, while their duet for the film, “Shallow,” produced Golden Globe, Grammy and Oscar wins for Gaga. On December 19, 2017, Gaga announced via Instagram that she had signed on for a Las Vegas residency. The following August, she confirmed that she would begin her residency at MGM Resorts' Park Theater at the end of the year, performing two separate shows over 27 dates: Lady Gaga Enigma, a collection of her most popular songs, and Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano, which features stripped-down versions of her greatest hits as well as selections from the Great American Songbook. Awards and Accolades Having sold 27 million albums and 146 million singles as of January 2016, Gaga is one of the best-selling music artists in history. Her achievements include several Guiness world records, nine Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and an award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Council of Fashion Designeres of America. She has been declared Billboard’s Artist of the Year and included among Forbes’ power and earnings rankings. She was ranked number four on VH1’s Greatest Women in Music in 2012 and second on Times’ 2011 readers’ poll of the most influential people of the past ten years and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2015. https://www.biography.com/musician/lady-gaga https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Gaga