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Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American musician. Born in Santa Barbara, California, and raised by Christian pastor parents; Perry grew up listening to only gospel music and sang in her local church as a child. After earning a GED during her freshman year of high school, she began to pursue a career in music. As Katy Hudson, she released a self-titled gospel album in 2001, which due to the closing of her record label, was deemed unsuccessful. She later recorded an album with production team The Matrix and completed the majority of a solo album from 2004–5; neither of which were released.
After signing with Capitol Music Group in 2007, her fourth record label in seven years, she adopted the stage name Katy Perry and released her first Internet single "Ur So Gay" that November, which garnered public attention; but failed to chart. She rose to fame with the release of her second single "I Kissed a Girl" in 2008, which went on to top international charts. Perry's first mainstream studio album One of the Boys followed later that year and subsequently, became the thirty-third best selling album worldwide of 2008. It was accredited platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America while "I Kissed a Girl" and her second single "Hot n Cold" both received multi-platinum certifications. Perry was ranked the ninety-seventh Artist of the 2000–10 decade by Billboard.
She has since become well recognised for having an unconventional style of dress and often combines bold colors and vintage fashion. Her sophomore studio album Teenage Dream was released in August 2010 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The album included hit singles "California Gurls" and "Teenage Dream", both of which topped the charts on the Billboard Hot 100 and worldwide. She has most recently released the single "Firework" yet, it has failed to match the success of its formers.
Perry has since expanded her repertoire into various other business ventures. She was credited as a guest judge on the seventh series of the British television show The X Factor; has released a fragrance called "Purr"; and will appear in the upcoming 2011-film The Smurfs.
Perry had a long relationship with Travie McCoy; she married Russell Brand on October 23, 2010.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Recording career
o 2.1 2001–07: Career beginnings
o 2.2 2008–09: One of the Boys and MTV Unplugged
o 2.3 2010–present: The X Factor & Teenage Dream
* 3 Music and themes
* 4 Acting career
* 5 Style and image
* 6 Personal life
* 7 Discography
* 8 Filmography
* 9 See also
* 10 References
* 11 External links
Early life
Katy Perry was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in Santa Barbara, California. She is of German and Portuguese descent on her mother's side, and is the second child of two pastors. She has an older sister and younger brother. Her Evangelical mother, Mary Hudson (née Perry), grew up in Southern California and had "a tempestuous first marriage in Zimbabwe." Her father, Keith Hudson, was a West Coast scenester in the 1960s. Perry's maternal aunt and uncle were screenwriter Eleanor Perry and director Frank Perry, through whom she is also related to Charles M. Schwab, the founder of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation.
Perry was incorporated into her parents' ministry; she sang in their church from ages 9 to 17. She grew up listening to gospel music and was not allowed to listen to what her mother called secular music. Perry attended Christian schools and camps. As a child, Perry learned how to dance in a recreation building in Santa Barbara. She was taught by seasoned dancers and began with swing, Lindy Hop, and jitterbug.[12] She took her GED after her freshman year at Dos Pueblos High School and decided to leave school to pursue a career in music.[13] Perry initially started singing "because I was at that point in my childhood where I was copycatting my sister and everything she did. Her sister practiced with cassette tapes, and Perry took the tapes herself when her sister was not around. She rehearsed the songs and performed them for her parents, who suggested she should take voice lessons. She grabbed the opportunity and began taking lessons at age nine to 16. She enrolled in at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and studied Italian opera for a short time.
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