All Time Great Vocalists - Lady Gaga
For Bespoke, Lady Gaga epitomises creative expression and correct musical technique. She uses music as an avenue for change and we respect her for it.
After taking a sabbatical from college in 2005, Stefani decided to try her luck to get a break in the music industry. She first collaborated with American hip-hop artiste Melvin Grover on an audio book project aimed at children.
She even formed a band named ‘SG Band’ the same year, for which she joined hands with a few friends like Alex Beckmann and Eli Silvermann, who were also students of the ‘New York University’.
The band started making waves in New York, after it started performing at various nightclubs around the city, such as the ‘Mercury Lounge’ and ‘The Bitter End’. Their gigs earned ‘SG Band’ quite a few fans and they soon grabbed the attention of a music producer named Joe Vulpis, with whom the band worked for a brief period in 2005.
The band’s talent was noticed by a musician named Wendy Starland in 2006. This man even introduced Stefani to a music producer named Rob Fusari at around the same time. Rob wanted to form a new band altogether with a lead female vocalist.
She started shuttling between New York and New Jersey quite often from then on, in a bid to record new songs which she had written for Fusari. Apparently, its Rob who gave her the name Gaga, inspired by the famous song ‘Radio Ga ga’.
The singer and the producer even entered into business and started a firm named ‘Team Lovechild’. Together, they produced some unusual pieces of music, mainly belonging to the Synthpop genre.
The tracks received accolades from the music fraternity and soon, many opportunities came knocking at Gaga’s door. One of them being the offer from the American record label, ‘Def Jam Recordings’, who wanted to experiment by bringing out an album using this singer’s voice.
Unfortunately, Gaga’s relationship with the record label ended within a short period, after which she started working with a label named ‘Interscope Records’, in 2007. The young singer worked mainly as a lyricist and penned a few songs for the celebrity singers associated with the label. A few of these eminent people include Britney Spears and ‘The Pussycat Dolls’.
The record label ‘RedOne’ gave Gaga her much needed career break in 2008, through the single ‘Just Dance’. The song went on to become well-acclaimed by both critics and music lovers. It also became popular in discotheques and nightclubs, thus, Gaga’s music dream finally took wings.
2009 saw the release of ‘The Fame Monster’, which was more like an extension of her earlier album ‘The Fame’. The tracks of this album went on to become chartbusters, especially ‘Bad Romance’, which took the radio and the world of internet by storm.
After tasting success with her earlier ventures, Gaga returned with her second official music album in 2011, titled ‘Born This Way’. The same year she also staged a concert titled ‘Monster Ball’, which was held at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The singer had earned approximately $220 million through the tour.
In 2012, Gaga travelled to South Korea for another musical tour titled ‘Born This Way Ball’. Eventually 110 shows were staged under this name and helped Gaga reached the peak of her career.
Even while she was busy with the ‘Born This Way Ball’ tour, this singer released her third album titled ‘Artpop’ in 2013 and sold approximately 2,60,000 copies at the time of its release. The album became really popular for its singles such as ‘Do What U Want’ and ‘Applause’.
The singer tried experimenting with jazz after her third album and even collaborated with the American singer Tony Bennett for the same. The result was the 2014 album titled ‘Cheek to Cheek’.
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