Biographic by Steve McGarry for May 11, 2014
Biographic Steve McGarry Lady Gaga Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta in New York City, on March 28, 1986, she learned piano at an early age, and by her teens was writing and performing music. She left NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and began playing with bands on the New York club scene, where she teamed up with dancer Lady Starlight in a performance art group. By then she was known as Lady Gaga, a stage name inspired by Queen's hit song "Radio Ga Ga." Following a short-lived deal with Island Def Jam, she signed to Interscope and collaborated with singer-songwriter Akon. In addition to penning songs for the likes of Britney Spears and Fergie, she worked with producer Red One on songs for her debut record. Released in early 2008, the single "Just Dance" topped the charts worldwide, earning a Grammy nomination and paving the way for her multiplantinum album "The Fame." The second single, "Poker Face," was No. 1 in more than a dozen countries. She toured with New Kids on the Block and The Pussycat Dolls, as well as headlining her own Fame Ball" tour and gracing the cover of Rolling Stone. By the end of 2009, a slew of major awards confirmed her superstar status. Her 2009 EP, "The Fame Monster," spawned the likes of the worldwide chart-topper "Bad Romance." She embarked on "The Monster Ball" tour in late 2009, launcing a two=year global trek of triumph! Preceded by the hit singles "Born This Way," "Judas" and "The Edge of Glory," Gaga's second album, "Born This Way, " debuted at the top of the album charts upon its release in 2011. The accompanying world tour was curtailed by a hip injury that required surgery. She has branched out into acting, and has followed numerous TV and film cameos with roles in the 2013 movie "Machete Kills" and the upcoming "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." She is also a noted philanthropist and social activist. Having sold more than 25 million albums and 125 million singles to date, the five-time Grammy winner embarks on a lengthy world tour this summer to promote her third album, the chart-topping "Artpop."