Name: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
Birth Date: October 25, 1984
Birth Place: Santa Barbara, California, USA
Height: 5’7″, 170cm
Weight: 125 lbs, 56 kg
Father: Maurice Keith Hudson
Mother: Mary Christine Hudson nee Perry
Sibling: Angela Hudson (older)
Sibling: David Daniel Hudson (younger) BD: August 11, 1988
Spouse: Russell Brand 2010 -2012
Education: Dos Pueblos High School
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California, United States. The middle child of two pastors, she has one older sister and younger brother. Her mother, Mary Hudson, who is of Portuguese descent, grew up in Southern California, and had “a tempestuous first marriage in Zimbabwe”. Her father was a West Coast scenester in the 1960s.
Baptized a born again Christian, Katy was incorporated to her parents’ ministry, and she started singing in their church from age nine to sixteen. She grew up listening to gospel music and was not allowed to listen what her mother called secular music. Katy Perry attended Christian schools and camps. As a child, Katy learned how to dance in a rec hall in Santa Barbara. She was taught and began with swing, Lindy Hop, and jitterbug. She took her GED after her freshman year of high school and decided to leave schooling to pursue a career in music. Katy initially started singing “because I was at that point in my childhood where I was copycatting my sister and everything she did”.
She was in a constant fight to capture the attention of her parents, who was at the time taking voice lessons. Her sister practiced with cassette tapes, and Katy took the tapes herself when her sister was not around. She rehearsed the songs and performed it to her parents, who suggested she should take voice lessons. She grabbed the opportunity and began taking lessons at age nine to sixteen. She enrolled in at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and studied Italian opera for a little while.
Katy Perry dated Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy, who she met in a recording studio in New York. After more than a year of friendship and casual dating, they became serious with their relationship right before they embarked into the 2008 Warped Tour. Perry and McCoy broke up in December 2008.
Katy first met British comedian Russell Brand in the summer of 2008 when Perry filmed a cameo appearance for Brand’s film Get Him to the Greek. Perry and Brand began dating after meeting again in September 2009 at the MTV Video Music Awards, where Brand, as host, remarked, “Katy Perry didn’t win an award and she’s staying at the same hotel as me, so she’s gonna need a shoulder to cry on. So in a way, I’m the real winner that night.”
The couple got engaged in December 2009 while vacationing in India. In a July 2010 Katy said Russel Brand would be a “perfect” father. Katy Perry stated that she plans to take dual British citizenship after marrying Brand. “One of the first things I’ll do is apply for dual citizenship. I’m not too sure if I have to take a test as I’ve not had time to look into it. But England is like my second home”. Perry and Brand married on October 23, 2010 in a traditional Hindu ceremony near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan, India, the same location where Brand had proposed.
At age 15, Katy Perry’s singing in church attracted the attention of rock veterans from Nashville, who brought her there to polish her writing skills. In Nashville, Perry started recording demos and was taught by country music veterans on how to write songs and play guitar. Perry signed to the Christian music label Red Hill, under which she recorded her first album at age 15. Using her real name, Katy Hudson, she released the self-titled Gospel-rock album in 2001. The album was failed, however, after the label ceased. She later changed her surname to Perry, which is the maiden of her mother, because “Katy Hudson” was too close to film actress Kate Hudson.
At 17, Perry left her home for Los Angeles where she worked with Glen Ballard on an album for record label Island Def Jam. The album was due for release in 2005. Billboard magazine reported it also went nowhere. Perry was dropped by Island Def Jam. Some of Perry and Ballard’s collaborations included “Box”, “Diamonds” and “Long Shot”, were posted on her official MySpace page. “Simple”, one of the songs she recorded with Ballard, was released on the soundtrack to the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Katy Perry signed to Columbia Records in 2004. However, the label was not in line with her vision. Instead, one of Columbia’s ideas was to pair Perry with the record production team The Matrix, who was working on an album, to serve as its female vocalist. Although the album was later shelved, she caught the attention of the music press. Her burgeoning music career led to her being named “The Next Big Thing” in October 2004 by Blender magazine. With no album project ongoing, Perry began recording her own. Eighty percent completed, however, Columbia decided not to finish it and dropped her off the label.
While waiting for another label, she worked in an independent A&R company called Taxi Music. In 2006, Katy is featured in the tail-end of the video to P.O.D.’s single “Goodbye for Now”. She made a cameo appearance on Carbon Leaf’s video, “Learn to Fly”, and on Gym Class Heroes’ video, “Cupid’s Chokehold”, playing the eventual love interest of lead singer Travis McCoy. Her songs eventually captured the attention of Virgin Records CEO Jason Flom, then head of Capitol Music Group, who signed her to Capitol Music in early 2007.
After signing to Capitol Records, Katy Perry began recording tracks for her official mainstream debut album, One of the Boys, and establishing her image was one of the immediate concerns of her new management. A campaign was started in November 2007 with the release of the video to “Ur So Gay”, aimed at introducing her to the music market. A digital EP led by “Ur So Gay” was later released. This was a successful move that resulted in bringing Perry to the attention of Madonna, who mentioned her on KISS FM and KRQ’s JohnJay & Rich morning show in Arizona. On March 10, 2008, she appeared as herself on the ABC Family television series, Wildfire, on the episode “Life’s Too Short”.
While the buzz over Perry was building, she went on promoting the album, undergoing a two-month tour of radio stations. The album’s official lead single, “I Kissed a Girl”, was released on May 6, 2008. With the song climbing atop the charts, Perry embarked on the annual Warped Tour music festival, which her management used to “establish her as a credible performer and make sure she wasn’t seen as just a one-hit wonder”. The single was a success, peaking at number one for seven weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. It has since become a major worldwide hit, topping charts in 20 countries. On June 12, 2008, Perry appeared as herself on the daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless, and poses for the cover to the June 2008 issue of the fictional magazine Restless Style.
One of the Boys was released on June 17, 2008 to mixed reviews. The album has reached number nine on the Billboard 200, and, as of February 2009, has sold over 800,000 copies in the United States. The album has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Perry released her second single, “Hot N Cold”, which gave her second top five single in dozens of countries around the world, including the United States where it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as topping the charts in Germany, Canada and Denmark. Katy Perry wrapped up her appearance at the Warped Tour, she went on tours in Europe. She later launched her first headlining tour, the Hello Katy Tour, in January 2009. “I Kissed a Girl” earned Perry a nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards.
KatyPerry was nominated in five categories at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best New Artist and Best Female Video, but lost to Britney Spears. She won Best New Act at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, in which she co-hosted, and Best International Female Artist at the 2009 BRIT Awards. On February 9, 2009, both “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot N Cold” were certified three-time platinum by Recording Industry Association of America for individual digital sales of over three million.
The self-titled debut album of The Matrix, which features Katy Perry, was later released via the team’s label, Let’s Hear It, during when she was in the middle of her tour. When the release date was scheduled, “I Kissed a Girl” had been charting well. Matrix member Lauren Christy spoke to Perry about the decision, but she wanted to hold the release until the fourth single off One of the Boys had been dispatched. Despite their communication, The Matrix was released on January 27, 2009, via iTunes Store.
Perry’s second mainstream album was titled ‘Teenage Dream’ and was released in August 2010. The first single from the album was titled “California Gurls”. The single peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the fastest rising single from a Capitol Records artist since Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe” in 1967. The cover art for Teenage Dream is a painting by Will Cotton in which shows Perry lying naked on clouds of cotton candy; resembling the shots of Perry in the video for “California Gurls”. The booklet of the physical edition of the album, in keeping with the theme of cotton candy, has a cotton candy scent. The album’s second single “Teenage Dream” was released in July 2010. “Firework” is the album’s third single. Katy Perry appeared at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010.
Then on September 14 2010, she returned to her old high school, Dos Pueblos High School, where she performed a short set for the school’s students. Perry performed “Hot n Cold” with Elmo from Sesame Street, which was originally to appear on the forty-first-season premiere of the educational children’s program on September 27, 2010. However, four days before the scheduled airing, Sesame Workshop announced, “In light of the feedback we’ve received on the Katy Perry music video, we have decided we will not air the segment on the television broadcast of Sesame Street, which is aimed at preschoolers. Katy Perry fans will still be able to view the video on YouTube.” The main reason was that parents complained about what appeared to be a great amount of cleavage shown by her dress.
Perry filmed the video for Firework in Budapest in September 2010. An open casting call drew an unprecedented 38,000 applicants. She proceeded to perform at a concert in Budapest on October 1, her first concert in Central and Eastern Europe.
Katy Perry announced her own fragrance to be released in autumn of this year, named “Purr”. It will come in a cat-shaped bottle, and will be available through Nordstrom stores.
‘Teenage Dream led Perry to nominations four awards at the 2011 Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Teenage Dream”, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “California Gurls”.
Music and Themes
Katy Perry’s musical influences are Alanis Morissette, Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Shirley Manson; and British singer-songwriter Freddie Mercury. Growing up listening to Gospel music, Perry had few references when she began recording songs. When asked by the producer whom she would like to collaborate with, Perry had no idea. That night, she went with her mother to a hotel. Inside, she turned on VH1 and saw producer Glen Ballard talking about Alanis Morissette; Ballard produced Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, the album that had a “huge influence” on Perry. She told her initial collaborator she had decided to work with Ballard. The producer arranged a meeting for her and Ballard in Los Angeles. Perry presented him a song, and a day later she was called. Ballard developed Perry for a few years.
Perry described her music by saying, “Someone kind of penned it for me the other day, and I’ve been using it ever since.” According to her, “she had changed a lot between the ages of 15 to 23”. Her first album dwells on Gospel music. She related that her perspective in music was “a bit enclosed and very strict”, and everything she did was church related. Her second album, One of the Boys, is described as “secular” and “rock”, although reflects a departure of her musical roots.
Katy Perry is artistically involved in her projects, especially in the writing process. Since she could play guitar, she would start writing songs at home and present it to her producers. Perry took inspiration off different things, mostly are references to specific moments of her life. She said it is easy for her to write songs about heartaches. Most of the themes in One of the Boys deal with heartbreak, teen adventure, and “puking into toilets”.
Katy Perry is known for her unconventional style of dress. Her style is often funny, bright in color, and reminiscent of different decades, as well as her frequent use of fruit-shaped accessories, mainly watermelon, as part of her outfits. Having learned dancing at an early age, she fancied about having her own style. Perry’s transformation into an artist began with fashion, inspired by American film actress Dominique Swain’s portrayal in 1997 film adaptation of the novel Lolita. She defines her fashion “a bit of a concoction of different things”. Perry’s stylist, described her style, upon meeting her for the first time, as “very colorful and vintage”. Her fashion has caught the attention of designers, who were calling her even before the release of “I Kissed a Girl”, almost as much as the attention drawn by her music.
7 Feb, 2016
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