Singer, songwriter edgy and non typically including herself in the good girl image, Katy Perry (also known as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson) may be one great example of the future musician. How old is Katy Perry? She was born on October 25, 1984 in a strict Christian family in Santa Barbara, California, USA, Katy Perry later known for her song “Ur So Gay.” Her parents are two devoted pastors who directed their daughter into singing in churches or local restaurants. She said that her mother used to ban her from listening to what they call “secular music.” Thus, young Katy was apt in gospel music until one day during a slumber party she heard the voice of Freddie Mercury.
Katy Perry was inspired by the Queen front man’s style of singing and was metaphorically “opened” to another possible side of music, although it was not until much later that this side of her will come out as her main music style. At the age of 15, she moved from birth town Santa Barbara, California to Nashville to work closely with songwriters. Steve Thomas and Jennifer Knapp of Red Hill Records signed her to the label to release her debut album which was self titled while she used her name Katy Hudson. The album contained Christian songs and was released in 2001. At 17, she met Glen Ballard who is responsible for the extreme success of Alanis Morissette in the album “Jagged Little Pill.” Citing Morissette as one of her influences, Perry found comfort in working with Ballard who then gave her necessary mentor.
In 2004, she became the vocalist of The Matrix production team and recorded some songs with Ballard that made her dubbed “The Next Big Thing” by Blender magazine. Through her sessions with Ballard, she was heard by Capitol Music executive, Jason Flom who then agreed to sign her in spring 2007.
By being in the club, Katy Perry was introduced to a number of renowned musicians such as Greg Wells, Butch Walker, Dr. Luke and Max Martin. In November 2007, she offered free download of the song “Ur So Gay” on her MySpace account. It was an instant hit, but it was the second single “I Kissed A Girl” that propelled her to chart success. The latter song was used in a teen drama series Gossip Girl, thus prompting it to climb up the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #2.
While pursuing a singing career, Katy met Travis McCoy when she recorded a song in a studio in New York and dated him soon afterwards. They played a couple in Gym Class Heroes’ “Cupid’s Chokehold” music video. After having a casual dating for several years, she was given a promise ring in 2008, but they broke up several months later. They rekindled their romance in April 2009 only to go their separate ways again few months after.
In summer at the same year, once again Katy Perry was romantically linked to British comedian Russell Brand after meeting at MTV Video Music Awards. She got proposed by the funnyman on New Year’s Eve of 2010, and talks about their impending wedding floated the web ever since.
Besides moving on to a new love, Perry rushed a new album “Teenage Dream”. The album is set for August release and was already preceded with two hit singles “California Girls” and the little track. Both tracks charted at the Top 5 of U.S. singles chart in the same week, making her the 10th solo female in the Hot Sexy 100’s 52-year history to concurrently place two titles in the top five of the list.