- 01:38 PM, Sep 19
Edgy and non-typically including herself in the good girl image, Katy Perry may be one great example of the future musician. Born on October 25, 1984 in a strict Christian family, Perry was later known for her song "Ur So Gay". Her parents are two devoted pastors who directed their daughter into singing in churches or local restaurants. Perry said that her mother used to ban her from listening to what they call "secular music." Thus, young Perry was apt in gospel music until one day during a slumber party she heard the voice of Freddie Mercury.
Inspired by the Queen frontman's singing style, she was then opened up to another possible side of music, although it was not until much later that this side of her came out as her main music style. At the age of 15, Perry moved from her hometown of Santa Barbara, California to Nashville to work closely with songwriters. Steve Thomas and Jennifer Knapp later signed her to Red Hill Records to work on her debut album which used her real name "Katy Hudson". The set featured Christian songs and was released in 2001.
At 17, she met Glen Ballard, a man behind the extreme success of Alanis Morissette on album "Jagged Little Pill". Citing Morissette as one of her musical influences, Perry found comfort in working with Ballard. In 2004, she became the vocalist of The Matrix production team and recorded several songs with Ballard that made her be dubbed "The Next Big Thing" by Blender magazine. Through her sessions with Ballard, Perry was noticed by Capitol Music executive Jason Flom, who then agreed to sign her to the label in spring 2007.
By joining the massive record label, Perry was introduced to a number of renowned musicians such as Greg Wells, Butch Walker, Dr. Luke and Max Martin. In November 2007, she offered free download of "Ur So Gay" on her MySpace account. It was an instant hit, but it was the second single titled "I Kissed a Girl" that propelled her to chart success. The latter song was used in an episode of teen drama series "Gossip Girl", thus prompted it to climb up the Billboard Hot 100 chart to No. 2.
Perry constantly added her live experience by scoring the opening act slots for big singers like Mika and The Starting Line. Her full-length debut album "One of the Boys"