Pop music singing sensation Katy Perry has become known for her over-the-top fashions, quirky stage props and catchy songs like "I Kissed a Girl".
Katy Perry grew up in a very conservative family. Both of her parents are pastors, and they refused to let her listen to any rock or popular music. Perry started taking singing lessons around the age of 9 and learned to play guitar when she was 13. Around this time, she began rebelling against her strict upbringing .
She attended religious schools and camps. During her freshman year of high school, Perry completed her General Educational Development (GED) requirements at age 15, and left Dos Pueblos High School to pursue a musical career.
She briefly studied Italian opera at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Her singing caught the attention of rock artists Steve Thomas and Jennifer Knapp from Nashville, Tennessee, who brought her there to improve her writing skills.
At an early age, she began performing and singing Christian music, following in her parents’ footsteps. Later, Katy began to focus on mainstream music, and first gained recognition with her debut album, One of the Boys, in 2008. Three of the songs were hit Billboard Hot 100 top-ten songs: “I Kissed A Girl,” “Hot n Cold,” and “Waking Up in Vegas.” Perry’s third album produced five number number one singles: “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.,” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” Her California Dreams Tour earned nearly $60 million worldwide, and she has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards. She has also began an acting career in 2011, appearing in The Smurfs as the voice of Smurfette, reprising the role in the 2013 sequel. She also released her concert film, Katy Perry: Part of Me, in July 2012. In 2013, Katy released her fourth album, Prism, which debuted as no.1 on the Billboard charts. She followed the record’s release with a world tour, performing throughout 2014. Katy made a memorable appearance at Super Bowl XLIX’s halftime show in February 2015. Katy’s performance includes cameos from Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot. The viewership was higher than the game itself.
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Katy Perry is the daughter of two Protestant Christian pastors, but doesn't seem to be too concerned with the generally conservative standards of her faith.
Perry is a gay rights activist. She supported Stonewall during their "It gets better..... today" campaign to prevent homophobic bullying, and dedicated the music video to her song "Firework" to the It Gets Better Project.Perry told Do Something in November 2008 she was proud to be a gay activist, saying "I've always been a very open-minded person, but I definitely believe in equality." She confirmed that she voted against Proposition 8, an amendment (ultimately ruled unconstitutional) that legally defined marriage as a union solely between a man and a woman in California. In June 2012, Perry expressed her hopes for LGBT equality, commenting "hopefully, we will look back at this moment and think like we do now concerning [other] civil rights issues. We'll just shake our heads in disbelief, saying, 'Thank God we've evolved.' That would be my prayer for the future." In December 2012, Perry was awarded the Trevor Hero Award by The Trevor Project for her work and activism on behalf of LGBT youth. She identifies as a feminist, and appeared in April 2013 in a video clip for the "Chime For Change" campaign that aims to spread female empowerment. She has also said that America's lack of free health care drove her "absolutely crazy".
Through Twitter and by performing at his rallies, Perry supported President Barack Obama in his run for re-election and praised his support for same-sex marriage and equality. She performed at three rallies for Obama, in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Wisconsin, singing a rendition of "Let's Stay Together" as well as a number of her songs. During her Las Vegas performance she wore a dress made to replicate a voting ballot, with Obama's box filled in. On Twitter, she encouraged her followers to vote for Obama. In August 2013, Perry voiced criticism of Tony Abbott, then a candidate for Prime Minister of Australia, due to his opposition to gay marriage and told Abbott, "I love you as a human being but I can't give you my vote." In April 2014, she publicly supported Marianne Williamson in her campaign for California's 33rd congressional district by attending a political press event.
Perry has supported various charitable organizations and causes during her career. She has contributed to organizations aimed at improving the lives and welfare of children in particular. In April 2013, she joined UNICEF to assist children in Madagascar with education and nutrition.On December 3, 2013, she was officially named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, "with a special focus on engaging young people in the agency's work to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable children and adolescents." She arranged for a portion of the money generated from tickets to her Prismatic World Tour to go to UNICEF. In September 2010, she helped build and design the Boys Hope/Girls Hope foundation shelter for youth in Baltimore, Maryland along with Raven-Symoné, Shaquille O'Neal, and the cast of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. She has also supported children's education; in May 2014, Perry and a selection of other artists recorded a cover version of the song "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" for a concept album to accompany painter Mark Ryden's art exhibition, titled "The Gay 90s". All profits from sales of the album were donated to the charity Little Kids Rock, which supports musical education in underprivileged elementary schools. In June 2014, she teamed up with Staples Inc. for a project entitled "Make Roar Happen" which donated $1 million to DonorsChoose, an organization that supports teachers and funds classroom resources in public schools.
Perry has supported organizations aimed at aiding people suffering with diseases including cancer and HIV/AIDS. During the 2008 Warped Tour, she had a cast made of her breasts to raise money for the Keep A Breast Foundation. She hosted and performed at the We Can Survive concert along with Bonnie McKee, Kacey Musgraves, Sara Bareilles, Ellie Goulding, and duo Tegan and Sara at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, on October 23, 2013. The concert's profits were donated to Young Survival Coalition, an organization aiding breast cancer in young women. In June 2009, she designed an item of clothing for H&M's "Fashion Against AIDS" campaign, which raises money for HIV/AIDS awareness projects.
The proceeds from Perry's single "Part of Me" were donated to the charity MusiCares, which helps musicians in times of need. During her California Dreams Tour, she raised over $175,000 for the Tickets-For-Charity fundraiser. The money was divided between three charities: the Children's Health Fund (CHF), Generosity Water, and The Humane Society of the United States. On her 27th birthday, Perry set up a donations page for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Auckland, and set up a similar page benefiting the David Lynch Foundation for her 28th birthday. On March 29, 2014, she helped raise $2.4 million for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles along with other celebrities such as Ryan Seacrest, Pharrell Williams, Tim Allen, Lisa Edelstein, and Riley Keough
“The only things I was allowed to listen to were the Sister Act 1 and 2 soundtracks.”
Katy Perry - Mini Biography (TV-14; 03:31) Katy Perry was raised by conservative parents in Santa Barbara, In 2011, 5 of her singles from "Teenage Dream" went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, tying Michael Jackson's record.
Katy Perry was born October 25, 1984, in Santa Barbara, California. After having three record deals fall apart, she signed with Capitol in 2007. Later that year, she released her first single, "Ur So Gay." Still, her career did not fully take off until the release of her next single, "I Kissed a Girl". Her album Teenage Dreams was released in August 2010.
Singer, songwriter, and musician. Born Katheryn Hudson on October 25, 1984, in Santa Barbara, California. Known for her over-the-top fashions, quirky stage props, and catchy songs, Katy Perry has become a pop music sensation.
Fans might be surprised to learn that the singer who writes about sexual exploration in "I Kissed a Girl" grew up in a very conservative family. Both of her parents are pastors, and they refused to let her listen to any rock or popular music. "The only things I was allowed to listen to were the Sister Act 1 and 2 soundtracks," Perry told Entertainment Weekly. She and her two siblings were also not permitted to watch such cable channels as MTV and VH1.
Perry started taking singing lessons around the age of 9 and learned to play guitar when she was 13. Around this time, she began rebelling against her strict upbringing by piercing her own nose. She soon became interested in
Katy Perry is Top#1 singer. No doubt, one of the most famous stars nowadays! She has received numerous awards and nominations, and has sold about 11 million albums and over 81 million singles. One of the best-selling artists of all time!
She is romantic, authentic, contradictory, brave, optimistic, clever, hard-worker and above all… a great singer!
“Katy Perry's favorite things:
1. Song: Killer by Queen
2. Color: Blue
3. Candy: Sour gummy worm
4. Food: Mushrooms
5. Show: Spongebob(not sure)
6. Sport: Golf
7. Animal: Cats
8.Drink: Tea and juice
9: Song she wrote: Firework(pretty sure)
10. Singer: Freddy Murcuray
11. Band: Queen
12. Hobby: hunting for antiques
13. Accessories: Bracelet
14. Item in wardrobe: Her nails.
15. Website style.com”
Sport & Clubs
Favourite actress: Angelina Jolie.
Music & Bands
The Beach Boys, Queen, Madonna, Paul Simon, Patty Griffin.
Now Katy is not married.
She married Russell Brand on October 23, 2010 and they divorced on July 16, 2012. After her divorce, Katy was briefly been linked to Florence and the Machine guitarist, Robert Ackroyd. But she started a full-blown relationship with John Mayer in August 2012. The on-and-off relationship between these two ended in February 2014, when the couple called it quits.
She has a younger brother named David (born 1988), who is a singer, and an older sister, Angela (born 1982).