Katy Perry may be fostering a very s**y and provocative image as a performer today but believe it or not, she was raised differently. As you enjoy all Katy Perry songs, you should also take some time to know her to love her more. Born as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on October 25, 1984, she was the middle child of a pastor (her father) and an evangelist (her mother). She was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California by very conservative parents who prevented her from hearing mainstream pop music.
Logically, Perry had Christian education and upbringing as a child. Her first performances were as part of church choir when she was 9 years old until she reached 17. She practically grew up hearing nothing but gospel songs. Fortunately, her parents realized her singing talent at an early age so she was sent to voice lessons during her late childhood to teenage years.
At age 15, she was noticed by Christian rock veterans who come from Nashville, Tennessee. They brought her to Nashville to hone her songwriting talent and guitar playing skills. There, the young Perry began recording demos. Soon, she was signed up by Red Hill, a Christian music label. During the same year (2001), she recorded her very first album, ‘Katy Hudson,’ a self-titled CD comprising of gospel rock songs.
Her debut album did not make it big. The record label also ceased operating that time. When she turned 17, she left for Los Angeles. There, she met Glen Ballard, who produced Alanis Morissette’s hit album ‘Jagged Little Pill.’ They worked for an album, which was set for release in 2005. At the same time, Perry decided to change her artist name into Katy Perry, reportedly because ‘Katy Hudson’ was almost always mistaken for ‘Kate Hudson.’
Again, the album was a disappointment in terms of sales and performance in charts. Perry was immediately dropped by her label, The Island Def Jam Music Group. She was soon signed by Columbia Records but was not given her break. As expected, she was dropped by the label in 2006. But she was undeterred. She then impressed Jason Flom, chairman of Virgin Records.
In 2007, she was signed by then newly established Capitol Music Group, the merger between Capitol and Virgin. In her first album with the company, she was made to collaborate with song writer and producer Dr. Luke for many of those signature Katy Perry songs. Together, they produced hit songs like ‘I Kissed a Girl,’ which became the carrier single of her album ‘One of the Boys,’ and ‘Hot n Cold.’
‘One of the Boys’ was released in June 2008 and helped her break through the music industry barriers. It was not just a commercial success; it also earned positive reviews from music critics. In 2010, she released her next album ‘Teenage Dream.’ It was so huge that it established her as the first female recording artist in 11 years to release three consecutive No. 1 tracks from the same album.
Everything has turned out well for Perry since then. She already has her own fragrance line, Purr. She appeared as guest in several TV shows and even movies. In 2012, her 3D concert-biopic was distributed by Paramount Pictures worldwide. Katy Perry was also declared as Billboard’s Woman of 2012.
Most Popular Katy Perry Songs
- Not Like the Movies
- Hummingbird Heartbeat
- Who am I Living For?
- Circle the Drain
- California Gurls (ft. Snoop Dogg)
- Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)
- I’m Still Breathing
- Self Inflicted
- If You Can Afford Me
- Hot n Cold
- Ur So G*y
- Thinking of You
- Waking Up In Vegas
- I Kissed a Girl
- Wide Awake
- Part of Me
- The One That Got Away
- Teenage Dream