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Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (October 25, 1984), known by her stage name as Katy Perry, is an American singer-songwriter. Perry rose to prominence with her 2008 single "I Kissed a Girl" which has become a worldwide hit. She is known for her unconventional style of dress, often humorous, bright in color, and reminiscent of different decades, as well as her frequent use of fruit-shaped accessories, mainly watermelon as part of her outfits. Perry has a contralto vocal range.

Early life of Katy Perry

Perry was born in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, United States. The middle child of two pastors, she grew up listening to gospel music and singing in church. She graduated from Dos Pueblos High School, in Goleta, California, in 2003, and immediately moved to Los Angeles at age eighteen. She changed her surname to Perry because "Katy Hudson" was too close to Kate Hudson. Perry is her mother's maiden name.
In her teenage years, Perry found a Queen album with her friend, and later said, "From then on, they have been my biggest influence." Also among her musical influences are Alanis Morissette, Heart and Joni Mitchell, as well as the Incubus album, "Morning View." Perry's biggest influences are pop rockers Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett and Shirley Manson, who, Perry says "came out with a vengeance."

Perry dated Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy for almost a year; the two broke up in late 2008.
After Steve Thomas and Jennifer Knapp signed Perry to their label Red Hill Records, she released her first CD Katy Hudson in 2001, a Christian gospel album. In 2004, Perry worked for the record production team The Matrix. Perry also began working on a debut mainstream album, writing with Glen Ballard, which was due for release in 2005; some of the collaborations included "Box," "Diamonds" and "Long Shot," which were released on Perry's official MySpace page. Her burgeoning music career led to her being named "The Next Big Thing" in October 2004, in Blender magazine, where Perry stated she was not "a typical Christian," mentioning that she had done "lots of bad things" during her adolescence.

One of the tracks she recorded with Ballard, "Simple," was released on the soundtrack to the 2005 film, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. In 2006, Perry appeared on P.O.D.'s single, "Goodbye for Now." She has openly talked about her struggles within the music industry, such as being dropped from record labels for much of her early career. Her songs eventually captured the attention of Virgin
Records CEO Jason Flom, who was the head of Capitol Music Group, and she signed to Capitol Music in early-2007. (Courtesy of www.wikipedia.org)
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