Katheryn Elizabeth, popularly known as Katy Perry was born in October 25, 1984. She is an American actress, song writer and a singer. Due to the limited exposure towards mainstream music in her childhood, she was left with no choice but to continue her career as a teenager in the field of gospel music. After the release of her very first studio album in 2001 named Katy Hudson, she moved to LA in the hopes of getting into secular music.
A collaborative album was recorded by Perry with the Matrix and released in 2009. An album made with Glen Ballard was not released because of some contractual complications. Perry singed a deal with Capital Records in April 2007. She shot to fame through her single ‘I Kissed a Girl’ from One of the Boys – her 2nd album in 2008. Three additional singles including the No. 3 ‘Hot n Cold’ were produced from this album. Teenage Dream (2010) which was her 3rd album had singles like ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘California gurls’ that were topping the US. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Later on, No. 1 singles like ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F), ‘E.T’, ‘Firework’ and No. 3 single ‘The one That Got Away’ secured their spots in the chart. The album turned out to be the 1st where a female artist was able to generate 5 No.1 Billboard Hot 100 songs. Overall, it was second only to Bad (1987), Michael Jackson’s album. In 2012, Perry chose to reissue the album and named it as ‘Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection’. It produced the successful No. 1 single ‘Part of Me’ and No.2 single ‘Wide Awake’. Prism, her 4th album that was released in 2013 generated 5 singles with the No. 1s like ‘Dark Horse’ and ‘Roar’.
Perry has won several awards and nominations. She has 3 Guinness World Records and was part of the Forbes list of ‘Top Earning Women in Music’ for 3 consecutive years beginning from 2011. Having sold 81 million singles and 11 million albums worldwide, Perry is considered to be among the best-selling female artists of today. She has also released perfumes like Killer Queen, Meow! and Purr. In 2011, she voiced Smurfette from The Smurfs for the first time in her film career. After this, she made a documentary film in the name of Katy Perry: Part of Me which focused on her life as an artist and the breakup of her marriage with Russell Brand, a British actor and a comedian.
Perry’s musical style shifted towards gospel during the early phases of her career. After hearing the Queen’s ‘Killer Queen’ at 15, she became inspired and motivated to pursue a vocation in music. She refers to Freddie Mercury, the band’s fontman as her greatest influence over her music with his ‘I don’t care’ attitude. Perry explained that Pet Sounds and The Beach Boys have had a huge influence over her music as they were among her favorite records and all the melody choices were made out of it. The 30 year old artist also holds The Beatles album in high regard describing them as the only song choices she played over and over for 2 consecutive years.
Perry refers to Alanis Morissette and her Jagged Little Pill (1995) as important inspirations in music and decided to work with Ballard, Alanis’s frequent collaborator. According to her, Jagged Little Pill was the record made by a female artist with true perfection. Perry is also influenced by 10 Cent Wings by Jonatha Brooke and Flaming Red by Patty Griffen. Her autobiographical film Katy Perry: Part of Me was greatly influenced by Madonna’s Madonna: Truth or Dare since she considers Madonna as her role model expressing likeness to evolve like her. Though Perry’s music includes disco, rock and pop, Katy Hudson has gospel.
Her releases Teenage Dream and One of the Boys contain love and sex as their themes. Teenage Dream has the influence of disco while One of the Boys involve records of pop rock. The Prism album was mostly influenced by pop music and dance. In terms of lyrics, the album speaks about daily life, self-reflection and relationships. In general, self-empowerment is seen as the common theme in many songs of Katy Perry. She had also co-written songs that were recorded by artists like Jessie James, Iggy Azalea, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Lesley Roy and Selena Gomes & the Scene. Perry’s vocal range falls into the category of contralto.
Throughout her career, she has extended her support to several causes and charitable organizations particularly focusing on the welfare of children. In 2013, she helped children in Madagascar providing them with food and education with the collaboration of UNICEF. She was officially declared as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 3, 2013. She also made sure that part of the money generated by her tickets to concert ‘Prismatic World Tour’ goes to UNICEF. In 2010, she assisted in building and designing the Boys Hope / Girls Hope foundation for youth in Maryland with the cast of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Shaquille O’Neal and Raven Symone.