Lady Gaga: Taking Determination and Talent to the Limit

The Student: From a young age it seems no one could be as determined as Lady GaGa to learn everything about music, songwriting, and fashion in her craft. she learned this at some of the top Performing Arts schools in New York.

She was born in 1986 in New York city. she had been taking piano lessons from the age of 4. At age 11 she was set to join the Julliard school in Manhattan, but instead attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private Roman Catholic school. she went on to write her first piano ballad at 13 and began performing at open mic nights at age 14. At 17 she gained early admission to New York University’s Tisch school of the Arts. while there she studied music and improved her songwriting skills.

James Phillips a music director and one of her early mentors noticed her in the fifth grade as a talented singer. As the years progressed he continued to be her mentor and teach her in musical performances and jazz at Regis High School in New York

When she was 17 another teacher Pam Philips had a vocal technique class that she gave at NYU titled the CAP 21 program and said that her student was hitting high notes as a soprano with an impressive vocal range. she also said that she was very unique in how she dressed and stood out in her dance classes.

During Pam’s classes one could see Lady GaGa’s insatiable appetite for music knowledge. This was apparent when she asked Pam how to use her voice for pop music by learning how to take 50s and 60s vocals and apply them to contemporary music.

Two celebrities that had recent comments about Lady GaGa are Alice Cooper who felt she is right to pursue her songs and image to the limits and has taken them to a whole new dimension. Barry Manilow said that she is a very talented singer and artist.

The story of the name: Music producer Rob Fusari, who helped her write some of her earlier songs, also helped create the moniker GaGa, after the Queen song, Radio Ga Ga. Rob commented that on the days when she came to the studio, instead of saying hello, he would start singing Radio Ga Ga as that was her entrance song. Rob said Lady Ga Ga was actually a glitch. He said that when he typed Radio Ga Ga in a text message that he sent to her, it did an auto correct and somehow ‘Radio’ got changed to ‘Lady. she texted me back and said, That’s it. After that day, she was Lady GaGa.

Fashion and the Look: Fashion has been identified as a major factor in her act. she considers Donatella Versace as her source of inspiration for creating fashion. GaGa personally handles her own creation team which helps design many of her clothes, hairdos, and stage props. her love of fashion came from her mother who GaGa said was always very well kept and beautiful.

Achievements: Among her many accomplishments, along with several Grammy Awards, she has two Guinness World Records with the estimated sale of fifteen million albums and fifty-one million singles worldwide. Billboard named her as the top selling artist of 2010.

Some of her songs that I like are Paparazzi, just Dance, Poker Face, Edge of Glory and you and I.

This truly talented woman and her love of music comes through very clearly in much of her work. she does care about her fans and has always been willing to lend her name and support especially to young children that have talent.

On top of it all with her determination and talent she has the ability to be around for a long time to come.

Copyright Paul Romaine 2011

Lady Gaga: Taking Determination and Talent to the Limit


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