Katy Perry Facts

Katy Perry Facts
Katy Perry is an American singer and songwriter who began her career as a gospel singer and later became famous as a pop star. She was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on October 25th, 1984, in Santa Barbara, California, to Mary Christine and Maurice Keith Hudson, both pastors in the Pentecostal church. Her uncle Frank Perry is a film director. As a young child Katy moved around a lot as her parents were setting up new churches in various regions of the United States. At 11 her family settled in Santa Barbara again. As a teenager she had to sneak popular music CDs as it was discouraged in her home. She completed her GED at 15, and left school to study music. She attempted a gospel music career briefly but soon switched to popular music and changed her name from Katy Hudson to Katy Perry, her mother's maiden name. Her breakthrough came when she was signed to Capitol Records in 2007.
Interesting Katy Perry Facts:
Katy Perry changed her name from Katy Hudson to Katy Perry because she was being confused with the actress Kate Hudson.
Katy Perry's upbringing was strict and she was not permitted to watch The Smurfs. She was also not permitted to read Harry Potter.
The first non-Christian album she listened to was Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette. She loved the song 'You Oughta Know'.
When Katy Perry first began studying music after high school she studied Italian opera briefly.
Aside from Michael Jackson, Katy Perry is the only other artist to have 5 No. 1 hits from one album.
In 2009 Katy Perry became engaged to Russell Brand after only a few months of dating. They married on October 23rd, 2010 in India. They were married for 14 months before announcing their split.
Katy Perry has a cat that she named Kitty Perry. She also has a perfume that she labeled Purr.
On Katy Perry's 28th birthday she had lunch with Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States.
Katy Perry is also a songwriter. She has written songs for musicians such as Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Tisdale, and Selena Gomez.
With every album she releases, Katy Perry gets a tattoo to commemorate it.
Katy Perry plays the electric and the acoustic guitar.
In December 2011 a Barbie Doll in her honor was released.
In 2008 Katy Perry appeared on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, as herself.
Katy Perry has stated that is she has been influenced by several musicians including Freddy Mercury of Queen, Alanis Morissette, ABBA, Heart, Joni Mitchell, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Cyndi Lauper, Ace of Base, and many more.
Katy Perry's music is a cross between disco, rock, and pop.
Albums that Katy Perry has released include Katy Hudson, One of the Boys, Teenage Dream, Prism, and Witness.
Katy Perry has appeared in The Smurfs, Zoolander 2, Brand: A Second Coming, and has served as an American Idol judge.
Katy Perry has done 4 tours to promote her albums, starting in 2009 with the Hello Katy Tour.

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