Katy Perry is an American singer-songwriter who was born in a conservative family and grew up under many restrictions. After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music during her teenage years. Even though it was not allowed by her parents, Perry heard all kinds of music, which was provided to her by her friends, as she had an affinity for music right from the beginning.
Katy Perry Biography
As an outspoken person, she stood by her desire to become a music artist and chased her dreams. She did not achieve success at the beginning and had to face a lot of obstacles before receiving her first major break. Many of her songs got shelved before she was signed by ‘Capitol Records.’ Her second studio album ‘One of the Boys’ turned out to be a huge hit, marking a turning point in her musical career.
Thus, she was launched as a singer and never had to look back ever since. Her next album ‘Teenage Dreams’ won the hearts of many music lovers and became one of the bestselling albums of all time. It created many records and cemented Katy Perry’s place as a prominent artist. Apart from writing and recording songs, Perry is also known for her philanthropic works. She is also an activist who promotes gay rights advocacy.
- Ex-Husband- Russell Brand
Katy Perry Early Life
Katy Perry was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on 25 October 1984, in Santa Barbara, California, to Maurice Keith Hudson and Mary Christine Perry. She has two siblings, an elder sister, and a younger brother. Perry has English, German, Irish, and Portuguese ancestry. She received elementary education from institutions, such as ‘Paradise Valley Christian School’ and ‘Santa Barbara Christian School.’
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She and her siblings were brought up in a conservative manner with many restrictions. Only gospel music was allowed in her house. So she had to secretly listen to other forms of music, which was provided to her by her friends. Her family struggled financially, sometimes using food stamps and eating from the food bank intended to feed the congregation at her parents’ church.
She began training at age 9 and was incorporated into her parents’ ministry. She completed her General Educational Development (GED) requisites from the ‘Dos Pueblos High School’ when she was 15 years old. Then to follow a career in music she joined the ‘Music Academy of the West’ where she learned Italian Opera.
Her first music album ‘Katy Hudson,’ which was launched in the year 2001, was a gospel music record. The album was launched under the music record label, ‘Red Hill Records.’ Unfortunately, the album was not a successful one. Eventually, she shifted from gospel music to other forms of music and wrote songs in association with American songwriter Basil Glen Ballard, Jr. At the age of seventeen, she traveled to Los Angeles but spent her initial days in Los Angeles without much success.
She recorded a few songs with some music labels, but the albums were not released due to various reasons. In 2004. Perry was signed to Ballard’s label, ‘Java,’ which was then affiliated with ‘The Island Def Jam Music Group.’ In 2005, the film ‘The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants’ included a song sung by Katy Perry. She was also a backing vocalist for songs, such as ‘Old Habits Die Hard’ and ‘Goodbye for Now.’ In 2006, she was featured in the video of a song titled ‘Learn to Fly.’
She also played the love interest of her then-boyfriend Travie McCoy in the music video of the song ‘Cupid’s Chokehold’ by Travie McCoy’s rap-rock band ‘Gym Class Heroes.’ She was introduced to the chairman and CEO of ‘Virgin Records’ company, Jason Flom by an acquaintance named Angelica Cob-Baehler, and in the year 2007, she signed a contract with the ‘Capitol Records’ company.