Lady GaGa.
Lady GaGa
When Lady Gaga was a little girl, she would
sing along on her mini plastic tape recorder to
Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper hits and get
twirled in the air in daddy’s arms to the sounds
of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. The
precocious child would dance around the table
at fancy Upper West Side restaurants using the
breadsticks as a baton. And, she would
innocently greet a new babysitter in nothing but
her birthday suit. It’s no wonder that little girl
from a good Italian New York family, turned into
the exhibitionist, multi-talented singer-
songwriter with a flair for theatrics that she is
today: Lady Gaga, who nicked her name from
Queen’s song “Radio Gaga” and who cites rock
star girlfriends, Peggy Bundy, and Donatella
Versace as her fashion icons. That goal might
seem lofty, but consider the artist: Gaga is the
girl who at age 4 learned piano by ear. By age
13, she had written her first piano ballad. At 14,
she played open mike nights at clubs such as
New York’s the Bitter End by night and was
teased for her quirky, eccentric style by her
Convent of the Sacred Heart School (the
Manhattan private school Nicky and Paris Hilton
attended) classmates by day. At age 17, she
became was one of 20 kids in the world to get
early admission to Tisch School of the Arts at
NYU. Signed by her 20th birthday and writing
songs for other artists  before her debut album
was even released, Lady Gaga has earned the
right to reach for the sky. On The Fame, it’s as
if Gaga took two parts dance-pop, one part
electro-pop, and one part rock with a splash of
disco and burlesque. “The Fame is about how
anyone can feel famous,” she explains. “Pop
culture is art. It doesn’t make you cool to hate
pop culture, so I embraced it and you hear it all
over The Fame. But, it’s a sharable fame. I want
to invite you all to the party. I want people to
feel a part of this lifestyle.”