Katheryn Elizabeth “Katy” Hudson (born October 25, 1984), better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She grew up in Santa Barbara, California. She had limited exposure to mainstream pop music during her childhood and pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager, releasing her debut studio album, Katy Hudson in 2001. The following year, she moved to Los Angeles to venture into pop and rock music. She recorded a collaborative album with the Matrix, which was released in 2009. She also worked on a solo album with Glen Ballard that was recorded but never released.
Life and career
1984–98: Early life and career beginnings
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was born near Santa Barbara, California, to Pentecostal pastors Maurice Keith Hudson and Mary Christine Perry of Keith Hudson Ministries. Her parents are both reformed Christians, each having turned to God after a “wild youth”. Through her mother, Perry is a half-niece of film director and producer Frank Joseph Perry, Jr. She has a younger brother named David, who is also a singer, and an older sister Angela.
1999–2006: Katy Hudson and The Matrix
In December 1999, Perry completed her General Educational Development after her first semester of her freshman year at Dos Pueblos High School and left school in the pursuit of a career in music. Perry briefly studied Italian opera at the Music Academy of the Westin Santa Barbara. At 15, her singing caught the attention of rock veterans from Nashville, Tennessee, who brought her there to improve her writing skills. In Nashville, she started recording demos and learned how to write songs and play guitar. After signing with Red Hill Records, Perry recorded her debut album, a gospel record titled Katy Hudson. The album was released on March 6, 2001, and she joined The Strangely Normal Tour in support of it. The album was commercially unsuccessful, selling an estimated 200 copies before the label ceased operations in December.
2007–09: Breakthrough with One of the Boys
2010–12: Teenage Dream
It remained at the top of the chart for six consecutive weeks. She released the album’s second U.S. chart-topping single, “Teenage Dream”, before releasing the album on August 24, 2010. Teenage Dream debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. It was met with mixed reviews from music critics, and has since sold 5.7 million copies globally. On October 18, 2010, “Firework” was released as the album’s third single. It became the album’s third consecutive number-one on the Hot 100 on December 8, 2010. The song has since been certified 9× Platinum in the United States, and remains Perry’s highest seller.
In November 2012, Perry began work on her fourth album, Prism. She told Billboard, “I know exactly the record I want to make next. I know the artwork, the coloring and the tone….. I even know what type of tour I’m doing next. I’ll be very pleased if the vision I have in my head becomes a reality.” Although she told L’Uomo Vogue in June 2012 that she planned to have “darker elements” in Prism, she revealed to MTV during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards that she changed the album’s direction after periods of self-reflection. She commented “I felt very prismatic”, which inspired the album’s name.