Perry was born in Santa Barbara, California. The middle child of two pastors, she grew up listening to gospel music and singing in church. In her teenage years, Perry found a Queen record, “and the heavens opened and saved me. From then on, they have been my biggest influence,” she said. In an article for Blender Magazine, Perry stated she wasn’t “a typical Christian”, mentioning that she had done a “lot of bad things” during her adolescence. Among her musical influences are Queen, The Beach Boys, Heart, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Alanis Morissette.
In her early career she toured churches and released a gospel album in the U.S. under the name Katy Hudson.
At the age of 17, Perry began working with legendary producer and songwriter Glen Ballard. Her songs captured the attention of Virgin Records CEO Jason Flom, the head of Capitol Music Group. Katy Perry was signed to Capitol Music in Spring of 2007. She was named Blender’s “Next Big Thing” in October 2004 and Teen People’s “One to Watch.”
Her songs appeared on MTV’s series “The Hills” (“Self-Infli...