Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (aka Lady GaGa) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She was born on March 28, 1986 in Yonkers, NY. At the age of four, GaGa learned piano by ear. By 13, she wrote her first piano ballad and at 14 played open mic nights at clubs such as NY's Bitter End. At 17, she was one of twenty kids in the world to get early admission to the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. By 20 she was working for Interscope Records as a songwriter penning songs for Fergie, Pussycat Dolls, Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block and Akon's Konvict label. While working as a songwriter with Akon, he recognized Lady GaGa's vocal talent and signed her to a joint record deal with his own label, Kon Live Distribution.