Katy Perry: Biography and music career

Published At: 12 February 2020 , 03:59 PM


Katherine Elizabeth Hudson, much better known as Katy Perry, is an American singer who performs mostly her songs. The hit "I Kissed a Girl" made the artist world-famous, and later the singer was nominated 13 times for the Grammy Award. Katy Perry is at the peak of popularity and is one of the three most successful musicians from a financial point of view.

Katherine was born in California, in the town of Santa Barbara, in the family of Maurice Hudson and his wife, Mary Christine Perry. Both parents were preachers of the gospel church. In addition to Katie, the family brought up the eldest daughter Angela and younger brother David, who also tried himself in the recording world. By the way, Katy Perry is not the first known person in the family. Frank Perry's mother's brother was a theater and film director, author of many films, including the successful tragicomedy "Compromising Poses."

Singer Katy Perry

Before the girl turned 11 years old, the family regularly traveled around the country, which was associated with the profession of parents. Children brought up in religious severity. Also, Katie and her brother and sister regularly sang in the church choir.

Modern music in the family was not encouraged, but the girl became acquainted with this trend in her teens' thanks to her school friends. Favorite performers were Alanis Morissette and Joni Mitchell, as well as the groups Queen, Nirvana, and Heart. At the age of 15, Katie leaves school and decides to become a singer. The girl took a short course in Italian opera at the Academy of Music in Nashville, took lessons from country musicians, and began making demos of her songs.


The beginning of the career of the singer was not too auspicious. The first singles "Trust In Me" and "Search Me" did not have much success, as well as the debut album "Katy Hudson," recorded in the gospel style, although critics spoke very positively about this work. A few years later, the singer wrote the soundtrack "Simple" for the film "Jeans Mascot."

At that moment, the girl takes her mother's maiden name as a pseudonym and becomes Katy Perry. As the singer later explained, her native name Katie Hudson was like the name of actress Kate Hudson, and the girl did not want associations.

The main breakthrough was waiting for Katie in 2008. The song "I Kissed a Girl" has become a real event in world-famous music. The single also strengthened by the full-length album "One of the Boys," which became platinum based on sales results. Another big hit with this record was the song "Hot n Cold." Soon the world heard the duet track "If We Ever Meet Again," which Perry sang with rapper Timbaland.

The new world hit scandalous performer becomes "California Gurls". This song for almost two months topped the charts of all English-speaking countries. The Teenage Dream CD that came out next contained four more big hits: Last Friday Night, ET, Teenage Dream, and Firework. Thus, Katie was able to repeat the success of Michael Jackson, since five songs from one album immediately became the number one charts.

In the wake of the singer's success, the musical film Katy Perry: A Piece of Me is released, which tells about the artist's biography, from childhood to the present. In the movie, pop stars lit up, colleagues Perry - Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears.

Katy Perry's solo album "Prism" was released in 2013 and featured the popular songs "Unconditionally" and "This Is How We Do." Another achievement of Perry is to overcome the billionth threshold of viewing two clips on the music channel VEVO hosting YouTube. This video is for hits from the 2013 album "Roar" and "Dark Horse." In the winter of 2015, the singer with the compositions of the last disc performed during the break between the halves of the final game of American football, and this mini-concert is considered the most successful in the history of such matches.

In 2015, Forbes published Katy Perry on the list of high-paying artists with revenue of $ 135 million. The singer's popularity in the Billboard Hot 100 ranking was ranked 24th. In addition to musical achievements, the artist signed a contract with the Moschino trademark and became its official.

In the middle of summer 2016, Katie announced a new song, "Rise," which was named the official anthem of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Personal life

At one time, Katy Perry met with Travis McCoy, the lead singer of the American band "Gym Class Heroes," and even appeared in their video for the song "Cupid's Chokehold." But at the end of 2008, the musicians broke up. Soon, the girl began dating British comedian Russell Brand, and on the eve of 2010, an engagement announced.

Katy Perry and Russell Brand got married on October 23, 2010, in India. But this union did not last long, and on the penultimate day of 2011, the couple filed for divorce. Interestingly, Brand did not claim the share of the spouse's property, as he had the right under the law.

The next superstar boyfriend was musician John Mayer, with whom Katie was precisely three years old. But since February 2016, the public has steadily associated Katy Perry's name with British actor Orlando Bloom. The young people met at the Golden Globe Award ceremony and subsequently appeared together many times.

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom

In the spring of 2017, young people ended their relationship, and it seemed, forever. But less than a year later, the artists resumed the romance, the first thing they went to the Maldives. In March 2018, Daily Mail reporters found lovers in the Czech Republic.

Katy Perry is the author of her perfume line, which produced perfumes for women such as Purr, Meow, and Killer Queen. The singer spends a lot of money on charity. In the spring of 2016, the artist transferred $ 1 million to the donor organization Donors Choose.

Katy Perry now

Katy Perry continues to hold the position of a successful pop singer. Tabloids are full of references to the singer. At the beginning of 2017, the single "Chained To The Rhythm" was released, which was then heard by guests of the 59th Grammy ceremony, at the BRIT Awards and the iHeart Radio Music Awards.

Soon the audience heard the single "Bon Appétit," preceding the new disc, as well as the song "Swish Swish," for the recording of which Nicki Minaj invited. Later, a second song performed at the MTV Video Music Awards. In summer, the presentation of the hit "Roulette" took place on the music channel VEVO.

The release of the new album "Witness" took place in the summer immediately from the first position of the national chart. Katie was accompanied by the reality show, which broadcast the daily life of the artist. The audience of the program, which lasted three days, amounted to 190 countries. In September, the singer went on concerts on a world tour in support of the album. At the end of the year, the singer presented a video for the song "Hey Hey Hey."

In addition to solo performances, Perry is involved in collaboration with colleagues. The public heard Katie's voice in Kelvin Harris' Feels.

In early 2018, the 16th season of the American Idol music show started on the American television channel FOX, where Katy Perry became a member of the panel of judges. The company at the jury tables composed by country singer Luke Brian and star of the American pop scene of the 80s Lionel Richie. The girl marks the bright moments of the show with videos on the page on Instagram. Significant photos for the singer appear there.

Now the name of the artist was involved in one controversial incident. In 2017, Katy Perry began the process of agreeing with the church diocese regarding the purchase of a former monastery building located in Los Angeles. Elderly nuns still living there reacted negatively to this. The litigation began, during which a decree issued to sell the Katy Perry Monastery building. During the trial, one of the nuns died of experiences.