Madonna

Born: August 16, 1958
Bay City, MI, USA
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The oldest girl out of eight children, Madonna quickly learned responsibility when her mother died from cancer while she was still six years old. She grew up very protective of her younger brothers and sisters. In school, Madonna exhibited signs of creativity, trying out for the choir, band, cheerleading squad, and any other activity that looked to involve music or dancing. She leaned toward the dramatic, and was a natural performer. She received a scholarship for her dancing ability to the University of Michigan, but she only stayed one year before dropping out and moving to New York City. With little money in her pockets, she began working menial jobs, moving from apartment to apartment while she auditioned for dance troupes and plays. She eventually did get a job with a couple of troupes, but quickly realized that she wasn't happy being a backup dancer. She wanted to be in the spotlight. She began singing in front of local rock and club bands, and was quickly recognized by DJ Mark Kamins. He featured her independently released single "Everybody" in his club mixes, and it instantly became a most-requested club hit in the most prominent nightspots in New York. It didn't take long for Warner Brothers to recognize her talent, and they quickly signed her. Her debut self-titled album launched the hit "Holiday," which made dance floors across the countries hop as it hit the top twenty. While the iron was still hot, Warner Brothers struck again with Like a Virgin. Virgin solidified Madonna's image as a Catholic-slut-vixen, while spinning the title track as a number one hit. By this time, Madonna was already a certified phenomenon. Girls across America were dressing like her and being called "Madonnabes." Madonna appeared in feature B-flicks Desperately Seeking Susan and Shanghai Surprise, which co-starred her husband, Sean Penn. In 1989, she released Like a Prayer, which received as much controversy as it did fanfare. Complaints from the religious right caused Pepsi to drop their sponsorship from her upcoming tour, which did nothing but fuel the fire of her popularity. Her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour sold out everywhere, and she followed it up directly with a documentary about her life on tour entitled Truth or Dare. In 1992, she released an X-rated book titled Erotica, which also received much fanfare and controversy. That same year, she started her label, Maverick, with longtime manager Freddy DeMann. Maverick has produced such top-selling acts as the Prodigy and Alanis Morrissette. After all of the tumult caused by the Erotica book settled, Madonna began focusing on serious acting, and motherhood. She had parts in the movies Four Rooms and Blue in the Face. It was the lead role in Evita, however, that would cause the world to respect her as an actress. In 1997, she gave birth to her daughter, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, and proved to the world that she could be a very serious, fiercely private woman who took the role of motherhood very seriously. In 1998, she came out with the multi-platinum Ray of Light, which proved to be a more introspective, mature album, while still maintaining it's dancability. In 2000, Madonna had a baby boy, Rocco Ritchie, and released Music, which goes back to the 70's disco sound. Madonna's career has spanned much further than most of her critics ever though it would have, and she still continues to produce top-selling albums of her own, and of other artists.



Instruments Played / Skills:
Producer Vocals

Genres:
Teen Idols Pop/Top40

Madonna Has Worked With:
Paul Sabu Britney Spears

Artists That Were Influenced By Madonna:
Paula Abdul Rust Epique Britney Spears
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