Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter, actress, model, producer, activist, philanthropist, and businesswoman.
She was born on March 28, 1986, in New York to an American-Italian family. Her mother’s name is Cynthia and her father is Joe (he is an Internet entrepreneur), and she also has a younger sister, Natalie. From a young age, Stephanie has been fascinated by music, theater – she has been playing the piano since she was four years old and has been studying music since her first school years. Then he decided to pursue music and singing. She graduated from the private Catholic school for girls in New York “Convent of the Sacred Heart”, where she also studied the famous Paris Hilton.
The Stefani Germanotta Band
When she turned 19, Stephanie made a deal with her father to leave the family home and, if he did not sign a record deal within a year, return to college. She moved to Lower Eastside, rented a small apartment, and started working in three places. He formed the Stefani Germanotta Band and tried to break through through performances in various bars, but soon the band disbanded. Thanks to a mutual acquaintance, she met her first producer – Rob Fusari (since Gaga is already a superstar, he sued her for the copyright of some of the songs). At first, he is skeptical of her, considering the way she dresses. She says that people from her block thought they had a prostitute as a neighbor. Fusari almost finished her first album, but things didn’t work out and only three months later Gaga was fired and depressed. The video for ‘Marry the Night’ is an illustration of this very moment in her life.
Her unusual pseudonym
About her nickname, the singer says: “Actually, I didn’t call myself Gaga. The producer once told me that I am very theatrical when I sing and am on stage. He told me I was a lot of Ga Ga, like Queen’s song. And that I remind him of Freddie Mercury.