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Katy Hudson

A former Christian artist, Katy Perry rebranded herself as a larger-than-life pop star and rose to prominence during the summer of 2008. Before she topped the charts with songs like "I Kissed a Girl" and "California Gurls," though, she spent the better part of a decade recording music under a different name. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (or Katy Hudson, as she billed herself on her 2001 gospel album) was born on October 25, 1984, in Santa Barbara, California. Raised in a religious household as the daughter of two pastors, she was forbidden to listen to secular bands as a child, although a childhood slumber party introduced her to the music of Alanis Morissette and Freddie Mercury. Religious music remained at the forefront, however, and Katy released a self-titled Christian album in 2001 under her original name. She would later abandon the genre (and her given surname) in favor of a pop career.

At age 17, she began working with hitmaker Glen Ballard, who had produced and co-written for Alanis Morissette. Several years later, she teamed up with the Matrix, a Grammy-nominated production/songwriting team whose résumé included collaborations with Avril Lavigne, Shakira, and Korn. Tired of producing music for other artists, the Matrix had plans to record an album of their own, with Perry serving as one of the group's two singers. The project was ultimately shelved, but not before Perry appeared in a 2004 write-up by Blender magazine, who hailed her as "the Next Big Thing!"

With the Matrix's unreleased album sitting in the vaults at Sony Records, Perry went back to the drawing board and began working on a solo album for Columbia. The project was eventually canceled, although two of its songs were later given to Kelly Clarkson, who scored a Top 40 hit with "I Do Not Hook Up" several years later. Perry (who, by this point, had shed her original surname due to its similarity to actress Kate Hudson) then signed with Capitol, who encouraged their new client to write her own music and helped establish her image as a boisterous, tongue-in-cheek pop star. Perry's debut single, "Ur So Gay," generated a small buzz with its mischievous lyrics and clever music video, but it was "I Kissed a Girl" that proved to be her breakthrough hit, topping the charts in 20 countries and pushing its accompanying album, 2008's One of the Boys, into the Top Ten in America. Perry supported her debut by joining the Warped Tour that summer, where she toured alongside her boyfriend at the time, Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes. Meanwhile, "Hot N Cold" became her second multi-platinum hit, "Thinking of You" (one of the album's three songs written solely by Perry) cracked the Top 40, and "Waking Up in Vegas" cracked the Top Ten.

Such success meant that Katy Perry had officially become one of the industry's biggest pop stars, celebrated as much for her outsized behavior and outrageous fashion choices as the music itself. She continued touring through the summer of 2009 (albeit without McCoy, whose boyfriend status had been revoked earlier that year) and found time to tape an installment of MTV Unplugged, which was released in November. Meanwhile, she worked on a new album and started up a whirlwind romance with comedian Russell Brand, eventually becoming his wife, a short-lived marriage that would last for only a year. She would later begin an on-again, off-again relationship with adult-alternative singer/songwriter John Mayer. Recording sessions for her album wrapped up in early 2010, and Perry scored her second number one single with "California Gurls," which was released that May. The accompanying album, Teenage Dream, followed in August. The album was reissued in 2012 as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, with the bonus track "Wide Awake," earning Perry a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance.

In 2013, Perry announced the release of Prism, her fourth album, with the number one single "Roar." Written and produced in collaboration with a host of artists and producers (including Sia, Diplo, Max Martin, Bloodshy, and Emeli Sandé), it was inspired musically by Robyn, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and Prince, and lyrically by her past relationships. Appearing in October, it hit number one in the U.S. and U.K., followed by another Billboard chart-topper, "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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hate so much
do you think people read this
the movie is horrible
so is she
Love song
Good gob
She is ugly one direction is better
Cute like a kitty
Drove cam
She got staley and Good
Love this cd!! I wish she stayed with Christian music. You can tell, she definitely had a heart for God.
She is better than you guys that are saying stuff about her so if i were you i will be quiet
jessicacarbo n 9
Everyone hates her isn't that right
jessicacarbo n 9
She's horrible Austin Mahone is way better
No one likes you
She is the best female arist
Whhhhaaaaaat t t t t
She sold her soul to the devil I hate her but I mile her music
I agree
Who doesnt like katy perry shes awesome
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Shut up I love her so what are you talking about
This song is okay
I love your songs
Bad people that hate here
I <3 hi is song
april.johns4 5
Wow look at how she changed
mandtmoran2
Luv it!
luldog2002
I love this song
I'm coming 'atcha like a dark horse idiots so u better run
I luv Katy Perry
I hate zendaya
I love Katey perry and b**ches out there talkin about they don't like hercshit the hell up horse f**k you
Hahahahahaha h a h









I hate Kerry Perry
amayatart
I love zendaya
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Read my bio…………
Even though it's slow it's amazing
Wish I had heard of her as a Christian artist but now I can listen to her old stuff too bad the way she grew up she should have been able to make her own choices and not be forced Our Savior is all about free will and love not force :( some of her current songs hint at her Christian background if you listen to the words
Read my bio...
rayaluvsmert z
I agree with stormie dawn
rayaluvsmert z
Hey don't bash here she is a good person trying to make her way in the worl. She has a great heart. I bet she still loves God and would go to church if she could or maybe she sill does.
I agree with some of you.
It sad to see a fellow believer become so worldly and write music about sinful things. Still hopeful for the future
Well she is in the business of making money and unfortunatel y the christian stuff she was doing was not making her any money ( or as much as she wanted). anyways obviously she is vary successful in the pop industry, so lets just pry that she will keep the explicit stuff out of the box so that God does not get a bad rap. and with the release of her last album I think she is going back..who knows.
nursematos
Ross Lynch likes Katy perry said Ross's sister Laylee.


nursematos
I like Katy perry,she is so talented.
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Justin Bieber
Wow this is Katy Perry!!
I wish she'd go back to this style a bit. The more rockish sound. She sounds amazing!
Pray she leads others to Christ. She has a huge ministry opportunity with all her fame.
sarajxoxo
I love u
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