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My Favorite Female Artists - Gaga to Taylor Swift
Lady Gaga first came to my attention with her hit song “Just Dance” in 2008. I’ve always loved pop/dance music and it had a phenomenally catchy beat. (Do-do, do-do just dance, dance, dance!) I didn’t realize how big Lady Gaga was going to be until her song “Telephone” with Beyonce. Even my kids love Lady Gaga. Although I do have to limit their exposure to Disco Stick – purely for my own sanity. I don’t like hearing my 5 year old singing “I wanna take a ride on your disco stick”… that’s just the way I am.
Lady Gaga was born Stefanie Joanne Germanotta.
Her birthday is March 28, 1986.
She was born in New York City.
Her parents’ names are Joseph and Cynthia and she has one sister named Natali.
She went to an all-girls school.
She started a band called the Stefanie Germanotta Band (SGBand)
Gaga comes from the Queen song “Radio Ga Ga”
She was originally signed to Def Jam Recordings in 2006 but was dropped only 3 months later.
She go-go danced in bikinis.
She wrote songs for Interscope for Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block, Fergie, and the Pussycat Dolls.
I first noticed Taylor Swift on CMT singing in her music video for “Teardrops on My Guitar.” I couldn’t get over how adorable and sweet-voiced the little blonde girl was! And those curls! Does it get any more American than that?! Little did I know that was her second hit in 2007. In 2006 she debuted her single “Tim McGraw” which I also learned to love. Again, my kids adore Taylor Swift. Their favorite song is “Love Story” because Taylor wears such a beautiful dress at the end of the video and the song is about a princess. I love that Taylor Swift is constantly caught being sweet with her fans. She’s held impromptu autograph sessions for little girls and she attended a high school dance where she wore a pink dress in honor of her date’s Mom’s battle with breast cancer. Taylor Swift really IS America’s sweetheart.
Taylor’s full name is Taylor Alison Swift.
She was born December 13, 1989.
She was born in Wyomissing, PA.
Her parents’ names are Scott and Andrea and she has one little brother named Austin.
Her maternal grandmother was an opera singer (Marjorie Finlay).
She wrote a 350-page novel that has not been published.
She was a victim of bullying in school.
Her greatest music influence is Shania Twain.
She was the youngest staff songwriter for Sony/ATV Tree Publishing House.
Her song “Change” was part of the soundtrack supporting Team USA in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
It took me a very, very long time to admit loving Brit-Brit.But alas, I am an older woman now and I am confident in my musical tastes.(Not to mention she keeps coming back over and over…so how can she be bad to everyone else and still make remarkable comebacks?Face it – YOU love her too – crazy antics and all!)When I think of Britney Spears I cant help but remember this sweet-faced little girl with pink pom-poms holding back her pigtails singing “Oh, baby baby” in the school hall in 1997.Wow, that makes me feel old.Even though I didn’t have kids until well after Britney’s rise to fame the kids, yet again, love Britney’s music.I had to stop letting them listen to “If You Seek Amy” though.See, we thought it was fun to sing about our Aunt Amy.I didn’t realize the words were meant to run together to sound like an obscene spelling bee.Oh, Britney, you with all the drama.Oops, she did it again.Not too surprising from a former member of the Mickey Mouse Club!
She was born Britney Jean Spears.
Her birthday is December 2, 1981.
Her parents’ names are James and Lynn.
She is the middle child in her family; her older brother is Bryan James and her little sister is Jamie Lynn.
She was the understudy for the lead role in the Off-Broadway musical Ruthless.
She appeared on Star Search.
She played basketball in high school.
Aah, dirty little Kesha. Even when she cleaned it up to appear on Victorious for Nick Jr. she still looked like a hot, glittery dirtball. Unlike Britney Spears who attempted the good girl route at first, Kesha dove in feet first as dirty and bad as possible. At first I didn’t care for Kesha because she oozed desperation. Her blue lipstick, crazy outfits, and glitter all cried “Look at me; I can be uber-cool too! Really, I really can.” But then her songs kept getting played on the radio and I’d get them stuck in my head and I realized I actually genuinely like this girl. At least she was being honest about her “sex sells” campaign. My kids do try to listen to Kesha but I’m careful which songs I let them hear.
She was born Kesha Rose Sebert.
Her birthday is March 1, 1987.
She was born in Las Angeles, CA.
Her mother’s name is Pebe Sebert and she has no idea about the identity of her father.
She has one older brother named Lagan and a younger brother named Louis.
Her home was featured on an episode of The Simple Life when they hosted Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.
She played the trumpet and saxophone in marching band.
She earned her GED.
The dollar sign was added to Kesha’s name as an ironic gesture when she was struggling financially.
She considers herself a songwriter primarily and has written for Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus among others.