Katy Perry Biography
Raised by parents whom were two devoted pastors, Katy Perry grew up with a very religious background. Perry was born on October 25, 1984 and her parents lead her into singing gospel music. She sang in churches and local restaurants. With strict parents, she was banned from what they called “secular music,” by her mother. She was then inspired by the voice of Freddy Mercury, at a slumber party, and thus introducing her to a whole new spectrum of possibilities in the music realm. She would later discover her own music style. When she was 15 she moved to Nashville (where her parents had contacts in the gospel recording industry) from her birth place/home town, Santa Barbra, to work with songwriters.
Katy Perry’s debut album, which was self-titled with her birth name Katy Hudson, contained Christian songs released in 2001. The record company, Red Hill Records had signed her to their label to release this album.
Alanis Morissette’s fame from her extremely successful album, Jagged Little Pill, can be credited to Glen Ballard, and when Katy Perry was 17 they were introduced. Working with Ballard, Perry found comfort, thus Morissette became one of her noted influences, a necessary mentor. She went on to become part of the Matrix Team in 2004 as a vocalist, and was even proclaimed, “The Next Big Thing,” by Blender Magazine with some of the songs recorded with Ballard. Jason Flom, an executive, from Capitol Music, agreed to sign Katy Perry in Spring 2007 because of her sessions with Ballard.
Being signed, she got the opportunity t be introduced to a number of significant musicians such as Greg Wells, Butch Walker, Dr. Luke, and Max Martain. On Perry’s myspace account, “Ur So Gay,” was an instant hit and was offered as a free download. Her claim to fame came with her hit single, “I Kissed a Girl.” The song was featured in an episode of the series “Gossip Girl.” This exposure prompted the song to climb up the Billboard Hot 100 chart to number 2. On June 17 , 2008, her full length debut album “One of the Boys,” which peaked at number 9 on Hot 200.
While recording a song in a New York Studio, Katy Perry met Travis McCoy, Gym Class Heros singer. They soon started dating and casually dated for several years. She was given a promise ring in 2008 but the couple only survived a few months more before they split up. In April 2009 they tried to ignite their love once again but split up again a few months later.
During summer later that year, Perry met Russel Brand, a British Comedian, at MTV Video Music Awards and started becoming romantic. On New Years Eve 2010, 3 months later, they were engaged to be married.
Perry hurried to debut her new album, “Teenage Dream,” onto of her new romance. The album was released August 24, 2010. Her two hit singles “Teenage Dream” and “California Gurls” were charted at The Top 5 of U.S. Singles Chart, in the same week. She is the 10th solo female artist in the Hot 100s 52-year history to concurrently place two titles in the top five list.