Lady Gaga Biography

You've likely heard of the international pop icon Lady Gaga and some of her hits like Bad Romance, Poker Face, Paparazzi, or Born This Way.

Her life right now might seem like everyone's dream, but like any other person, she also went through difficulties before she rose to stardom, and even struggles sometimes now as well.

If you want to know more about her life, read on.

Who is Lady Gaga?

Born on March 28, 1986, Lady Gaga's real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.

She is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. She enjoys fashion designing, too.

Here are some interesting facts about her:

- Her name, Lady Gaga, was inspired by the Queen Song "Radio Ga-Ga.”
- She is a staunch supporter of LGBT Rights.
- She is a registered Democrat.

YouTube screen grab of Lady Gaga live in concert

Lady Gaga's parents are Cynthia Louise (Bissett) and Joseph Anthony Germanotta, Jr. She once attended the Tisch School for the Arts of New York University but left to find her own creative expression.

As a result, she created her debut album, The Fame, and it became a huge success.

She has also had successful collaborations with Tony Bennett.

Furthermore, she won the Golden Globe for her role as the Countess on American Horror Stories.

Lady Gaga has seen many successes.

Early Life

When Lady Gaga was 11 years old, she attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart. However, she was bullied for her looks.

She was just a small girl who had two large front teeth and tended to be on the heavy side.

But it did not stop her passion for music.

Ever since she was a little girl, Gaga already possessed an amazing musical talent. At the age of 4, she learned to play the piano.

She composed her first ballad at the age of 13. After polishing her skills in songwriting and performing, she was able to perform in a New York nightclub at the age of 14.

Subsequently, Lady Gaga took on different jobs after leaving New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. These included go-go dancing and performance-art acting.  

Professional Life

According to Biography, Lady Gaga signed with  Def Jam Records in 2005. However, the record label dropped her after a few months. The international icon did not stop there.

To pursue her dreams, she performed on her own in clubs in New York City. In an interview with Hello Magazine, Gaga spoke of how her father once watched one of her shows.  

She admitted that her father could not look at her for months after what he witnessed.

Lady Gaga performing "Million Reasons" on the Joanne World Tour
By proacguy1, via Wikimedia Commons

During that same year, she began her experimentation on fashion designing.

It was in 2007 when Gaga began to work at Interscope Records.

However, she worked in the shadows as a songwriter for other popular artists such as Britney Spears and the Pussycat Dolls.

Fortunately, Akon, an R&B singer, discovered Lady Gaga's talent when he saw her performing at an event she herself created. She called it Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue.  

As a result, Akon signed her on to his label. From there, the once bullied girl began her rise to fame.

Gaga recorded The Fame, her debut album, between 2007 and 2008. Her early billboard hits include Paparazzi, LoveGame, and Poker Face.

As her music continued to receive good reviews in the United States, her name began to spread across 20 countries.   

Commercial Breakthrough

In 2011, she released her second album Born This Way. This album received critical reviews as it touched themes on politics, sexuality, and religion.

However, the music was widely praised and the album sold 1.108 million copies in the first week of its release. In addition, Born This Way received 3 Grammy nominations.

After a year, Lady Gaga ranked fourth on Billboard's list of highest-grossing artists. She grossed $25,353,039 from her album's sales and tours, alone.

Her popularity also kicked off greatly in Korea and Toronto.

The Born This Way Ball Tour, Milan in 2012

However, Gaga suffered a terrible pain from a labral tear in her right hip and canceled the pending tours in these countries.

She had been nursing this in secret with the hope that she could still perform.

Unfortunately, she had to undergo a surgery when she could not walk anymore.

This obstacle did not stop the pop icon though.

After her recovery, she continued her tour which sold 1.6 million tickets.

Today, Gaga's trademarks are her futuristic, highly fashionable and controversial outfits, various colored wigs, sunglasses, and high heels.

People enjoy her performances for their unique meaning and world-class entertainment.

Imagine if Gaga had given up; we would not be enjoying her art like we do today.

Indeed, she is an inspiration for us to chase our dreams with confidence.

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