I Kissed a Girl
“Girls now keep asking for a kiss. After every show on my tour, I stay behind to do an autograph signing but about a dozen women will want a snog. I just sweetly say, 'No, thank you.' If I kissed everybody who asked, I'd probably go away with something I don't really want.” Katy Perry (following her single “I Kissed a Girl”)
Having been dropped by labels several times early in her career, Katy Perry hit the big time in 2008 when she released the smash hit single “I Kissed a Girl” from her full-length album, “One of the Boys.” The album also spawned the singles "Ur So Gay" and "Hot N Cold."
The daughter of pastor parents, Katy is a former Christian singer and had a gospel album titled "Katy Hudson" released in 2001.
More personally, this 5' 8" singer/songwriter with dark brown hair is now dating “Gym Class Heroes” member Travis McCoy.
"I don't care who I'm compared to as long as people listen to the music. Usually I find it funny to say I'm like a skinnier version of Lily Allen and a fatter version of Amy Winehouse. It always renders a good chuckle." Katy Perry
Childhood and Family:
"My album will be more rock, which is probably why my parents think I’m going to hell." Katy Perry
The middle child of pastor parents, Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was born on October 25, 1984, in Santa Barbara, California. She was educated at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California, and graduated in 2003. She changed her surname to Perry because Katy Hudson was too close to Kate Hudson. Perry is her mother's maiden name.
In August of 2008, Katy had her breasts molded to benefit breast cancer research through Keep A Breast Foundation.
On rumors that she has had breast implants, Katy said, "How could people think these are fake? Look at them. Ask them! They are as real as real can be. One hundred per cent genuine and untouched... well sort of. I would never spend money on fake boobs. Shoes, maybe, a handbag, maybe. But plastic t**s? No way!"
One of the Boys
"My dad would give me ten dollars, which is a lot of money when you're nine, to sing at church, on tables at restaurants, at family functions, just about anywhere." Katy Perry
Katy Perry grew up listening to gospel music and singing in church. After graduating high school in 2003, she moved to Los Angeles and was signed by Steve Thomas and Jennifer Knapp to their independent Christian record label, Red Hill Records. On October 23, 2001, she released her first CD, a Christian music album titled "Katy Hudson," in which she co-wrote many of the songs.
“The heavens opened and saved me. From then on, they have been my biggest influence.” Katy Perry (when she found a “Queen” record)
In her teenage years, Katy became influenced by the legendary English rock group "Queen,” Alanis Morissette, Joni Mitchell, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, and Shirley Manson. In 2004, at age 19, she recorded an album with a group of top producers called “The Matrix,” which led to her being named "The Next Big Thing!" by Blender Magazine in its October 2004 issue. Despite the buzz about the album, "The Matrix" decided to cancel the album weeks before the album’s release date.
“It was really difficult. Drinking became a problem. It got out of control until I said, 'OK, back to work.' I know I'm speaking for someone, even if it is someone silly.” Katy Perry (revealing she once had a drinking problem while waiting for her career to take off)
Katy subsequently worked on an album called "(A) Katy Perry" that was meant to be her solo debut. She recorded a music video for the songs "Diamonds" and "Simple," the latter of which was placed on “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” (2005) soundtrack. Set for release in 2005, the album was later canceled by the record label because they could not figure out how to promote Katy. Meanwhile, Katy appeared on P.O.D.'s single, "Goodbye for Now" (2006).
"I've been through a lot of highs and a lot of lows in this business. Last year was tough. I'd write a check for my rent and next to it, I'd write, 'Please, God, please.' But I didn't jump off the Hollywood sign. Everything always works out for the best." Katy Perry
In early 2007, the aspiring singer was signed by Capitol Records and released her first mainstream album, "One of the Boys," on June 17, 2008. It spawned the hit song "Ur So Gay" and the hit singles "Hot N Cold" and "I Kissed a Girl," the latter of which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and in more than 20 countries. The album received Gold certification in the U.S on September 22, 2008, and has sold over 910,000 copies worldwide. Katy was an act in the 2008 Vans Warped Tour to promote the album.
"It's become about who's showing up at what party, who's dating whom, and what plastic surgery they've had. I want to bring it all back to the music. Pop stars are hard to relate to because they are so scared of being vulnerable or real and afraid that people will exploit their flaws. I on the other hand, celebrate my flaws and actually welcome them. Flaws give us character and at the end of the day, I want people to see me as that girl they can relate to, talk to, and have a good laugh with." Katy Perry
Other songs from the album, "Self Inflicted," "Waking Up in Vegas," and "Thinking of You," were featured on MTV's reality series "The Hills," while the song "Fingerprints" was featured on the 2008 film "Baby Mama."
Meanwhile, Katy made a cameo appearance on Carbon Leaf's video "Learn to Fly" and on Gym Class Heroes' video "Cupid's Chokehold," playing the eventual love interest for her real-life boyfriend, lead singer Travis McCoy. She also appeared as herself on the ABC Family television series "Wildfire" and on the daytime soap opera "The Young and the Restless."
Katy, who has appeared in print advertisements for Too Faced Cosmetics' spring 2007 line, is now regularly heard on MTV, VH1, and in commercials. She recently appeared on the MTV VMA Awards singing Madonna's hit single, "Like a Virgin." Madonna had mentioned on KISS FM and KRQ's JohnJay & Rich morning show in Arizona that Katy's song "Ur So Gay" was the Queen of Pop's "favorite song right now."
“I think people appreciate a songwriter who shows different sides. The whole angst thing is cool, but if that's all you've got, it's just boring. Everything I write, whether it's happy or sad, has a sense of humor to it. Someone told me the other day that I’m a bit like Lucille Ball. They said, ‘You look pretty put together on the outside, but inside there’s just something a bit wrong.’” Katy Perry
MTV Europe Music Awards: New Act, 2008