Kathryn Elizabeth Hudson, better known by her stage name, Katy Perry, was born in Santa Barbera, California. At fifteen years old, while singing in the church choir, she attracted the attention of some country music veterans who helped her find her way to Nashville.
|Waking Up In Vegas||One Of The Boys||2008|
|Hot N Cold||One Of The Boys||2008|
|I Kissed A Girl||I Kissed A Girl||2008|
|Wide Awake||Katy Perry - Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection||2012|
|Thinking Of You||One Of The Boys||2008|
|Part Of Me||Part Of Me||2012|
|One Of The Boys||One Of The Boys||2008|
|Teenage Dream||Teenage Dream||2010|
|California Gurls||California Gurls||2010|
|If You Can Afford Me||One Of The Boys||2008|
|Katy Perry - Firework||Teenage Dream|
|Self Inflicted||One Of The Boys||2008|
|I'm Still Breathing||One Of The Boys||2008|
|Katy Perry - California Gurls [Official Music Video] ft. Snoop Dogg (HD)||Teenage Dream||2010|
|Last Friday Night||Teenage Dream||2010|
|Fingerprints||One Of The Boys||2008|
|Mannequin||One Of The Boys||2008|
|Dressin' Up||Katy Perry - Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (Parental Advisory)||2012|
|The One That Got Away||Teenage Dream||2010|
|E.T||Future Pop 3.0|
|Teenage Dream -||Teenage Dream||2010|
|E.T. - Katy Perry||Teenage Dream||2010|
|Born This Way||2011.03.07||2011|
|E.T. ft. Kanye West||Teenage Dream||2010|
|Lost||Ur So Gay EP||2007|
|Katy Perry Firework|
|thinking of you - Katy Perry||Hot & Cold|
|Hot 'N Cold||One of The Boys...||2008|
|Firework Katy Perry Lyrics|
|One That Got Away||Teenage Dream||2010|
|Hummingbird Heartbeat||Teenage Dream||2010|
|Teenage Dream | Katy Perry [dj Dark Intensity Remix] [Club Edit]||Teenage Dream - Single|
|Simple||The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants: Music From The Motion Picture||2005|
|Not Like The Movies||Teenage Dream||2010|
|California Gurls [*][Mix][Passion Pit Main Mix]||Teenage Dream||2010|
|Firework - Avery|
|It's Okay To Believe||Black Eyes and White Lies||2009|
|Trust In Me||Katy Hudson||2001|
|Search Me||Katy Hudson||2001|
|Growing Pains||Katy Hudson||2001|
I have always been this character, but I kind of cartoon-ized myself a little bit [in my stage persona]. So when someone really likes me, it's like here comes a person! I wonder if you can handle this
Starting a Career
Kathryn Elizabeth Hudson, better known by her stage name, Katy Perry, was born in Santa Barbera, California. At fifteen years old, while singing in the church choir, she attracted the attention of some country music veterans who helped her find her way to Nashville. There, Perry signed to the Christian music label, Red Hill, and released her first album, a self-titled Gospel rock album in 2001.
Two years later, Perry left Nashville for Los Angeles. She recorded and was prepared to release her second album with Island Records, but it never got off the ground. She released three singles on her MySpace page, and one of them she ultimately contributed to the soundtracks for the film, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. She then signed with Columbia Records, but was frustrated with their unwillingness to give her control. Eventually, she started recording on her own.
Finding the Spotlight
While working on her own, Katy Perry attracted the attention of Columbia Records and finally signed a contract she could live with. She released the extended play recording, Ur So Gay on 12” vinyl, and for mp3 download online. The label encouraged Perry to release a video for the song as well. The releases attracted the attention of Madonna, who mentioned her in a radio interview.
The single was included on her 2008 album, One of the Boys. The album certified platinum in sales and was nominated for two Grammy Awards. Sales were boosted by the controversial and insanely popular single, I Kissed A Girl. Perry toured with the Warped Tour that year, then followed up with the Hello Katy Tour. At the beginning of 2009, the singles, I Kissed a Girl and Hot N Cold went triple platinum, for individual digital sales. Over 3 million downloads were purchased online. These numbers continue to grow.
In late 2009, Katy Perry performed on an episode of MTV Unplugged, and released the recording as a live album, in CD and DVD form. Perry is working on her next album that is to be released in 2010. She reported to Rolling Stone Magazine that she wants her second album to be exceptional so that her audience knows she has the talent to stay on top.
In Perry's short career, she has been nominated for 6 MTV video music awards, 2 Grammy Awards, 5 Teen Choice Awards, and 4 Los Premios MTV Awards. MTV Europe awarded her Most Addictive Track.
Did you know . . .
Katy Perry released her first album in Tennessee as Katy Hudson. She later changed her stage name to Katy Perry, to avoid confusion with movie actress Kate Hudson.
Perry appears as lead singer on the debut album for the production group, The Matrix, which was released to iTunes for mp3 downloads in early 2009.
In 2009, Perry performed during the opening ceremonies for the Annual Life Ball in Vienna, Austria. The Life Ball is an annual AIDS charity event.