Katy Perry Biography

Katy Perry is a renowned singer, song writer, actor and entrepreneur, activist who hails from the United States. This biography provides detailed information about her childhood, profile, career and timeline

Katy Perry
Quick Facts

Nick Name: Katy Hudson

Birthday: October 25, 1984

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Katy Perry Millionaires

Age: 34 Years, 34 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Scorpio

Also Known As: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

Born in: Santa Barbara, California, U.S.

Famous as: Singer-songwriter

Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Russell Brand

father: Keith Hudson

mother: Mary Perry

siblings: Angela Hudson

Personality: ESFP

U.S. State: California

City: Santa Barbara, California

Founder/Co-Founder: Metamorphosis Music

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education: Music Academy of the West, Dos Pueblos High School

Humanitarian Work: Artist associated with ‘UNICEF’.

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Katy Perry is an artist who was born in a conservative family and grew up under many restrictions. However, she has an affinity to music and heard all sorts of music which her friends provided her with, even though those were not allowed by her parents. She is outspoken and defended her desire to become a music artist and chased her dream. She did not achieve success at the beginning and had to face a lot of obstacles before she got her first major break. Many of her songs got shelved before she was signed by the ‘Capitol Records’. This was the turning point of her musical career when her album ‘One of the Boys’ turned out to be huge hit. Thus, she was launched as a singer and from that time onwards she never had to look back. Her next album ‘Teenage Dreams’ won the hearts of many music lovers and made it one of the bestselling albums of all time till date. It created many records and made Katy Perry’s position as an artist even more concrete. This singer sometimes writes songs and is even engaged with many philanthropic works other than her musical commitments. She is also an activist who advocates the rights of the gay and believes that they should be treated equally

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Katy Perry
Childhood & Early Life:
  • Katy Perry (earlier known as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson) was born to Maurice Keith Hudson and Mary Christine Perry on 25th October 1984, in Santa Barbara, California. She has two siblings, an elder sister and a younger brother.
  • She received elementary education from institutions such as ‘Paradise Valley Christian School’ and ‘Santa Barbara Christian School’.
  • She and her siblings were brought up in a conservative manner with many restrictions. In her house only gospel music was allowed so she had to secretly listen to other sort of music which her friends provided her with.
  • She completed her General Education Development (GED) requisites from the ‘Dos Pueblos High School’ when she was fifteen year old. Then to follow a career in music she joined the ‘Music Academy of the West’ where she leaned Italian Opera.
  • She was taken to the place called Nashville in Tennessee by rock musicians Jennifer Knapp and Steve Thomas who recognized her talent as a singer. There she was trained in song writing and play guitar.
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  • Her first music album was launched in the year 2001, which was a gospel music record named after the singer as ‘Katy Hudson’. This was launched under the label of music record label ‘Red Hill Records’. However, the album was not a successful one.
  • Eventually, she shifted from gospel music to popular music and wrote songs in association with American songwriter Basil Glen Ballard, Jr. At the age of seventeen, she travelled to Los Angeles, but initially, she could get a break. She recorded a few songs with some music labels but the albums were not released due to various reasons.
  • In 2005, the film ‘The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants’ included a song sung by Katy Perry. She was also a backing vocalist for the songs ‘Old Habits Die Hard’, ‘Goodbye for Now’. She even featured in the video of the ‘Learn to Fly’ song.
  • She was introduced to Jason Flom, the one who chairs the ‘Virgin Records’ company by an acquaintance Angelica Cob-Baehler, and in the year 2007, she signed a contract with the ‘Capitol Records company
  • In 2008, her song ‘I Kissed a Girl’ from the same album hit the music stores and it was received well by the listeners making it to top the music charts in many countries. It even topped the ‘U.S. Billboard Hot 100’ list.
  • Gradually, other songs of the album were released and all these were highly appreciated by the individuals which made the album a huge success.
  • In 2008, she was engaged in the ‘Warped Tour’ and the following year she went on the ‘Hello Katy Tour’. The same year she even performed at the ‘No Doubts Summer Tour’. Also, owing to the success she achieved, the ‘Matrix Record’ released the album which it has dropped a few years back.
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  • In 2009, her live music album named ‘MTV Unplugged’ was produced which included five singles from the album ‘One of the Boys’ and also had two new songs, and she also featured in the remix of the song ‘Starstruck’ along with the band ‘30H!3’.
  • She was the duet singer along with Timbaland in the song ‘If We Ever Meet Again’ which belonges to Timbaland’s 2010 album ‘Shock Value II’.
  • Her single ‘California Gurls’ from the album ‘Teenage Dream’ which also featured rapper Snoop Dogg reached music lovers in 2010. This song too topped the ‘U.S. Billboard Hot 100’ list. The single ‘Teenage Dream’ was also released the same year, and like the previous single of the album, this also reached the top of the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ list.
  • During the same time, she also appeared as a guest judge in the show ‘American Idol’ and ‘The X Factor UK’.
  • In the later part of 2010, her song ‘Firework’ which was also a song from the album ‘Teenage Dream’ was released and it became a huge hit and like the previous songs of Perry, this too became the number one song at the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ list. The United States certified this song with 9x Platinum certification.
  • She appeared in the Christmas episode ‘The Fight Before Chriatmas’ of the show ‘The Simpsons’. She introduced her perfume named ‘Purr’ to the market in the year 2010 and became an entrepreneur.
  • In the year 2011, her fourth song from the album ‘Teenage Dream’ ‘Extraterrestrial’ (E.T.) hit the music stores. The song also featured rapper Kayne West and it remained the number one song at the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ list which ranked the album ‘Teenage Dream’ as the ninth album to have four singles, all of which topped the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ list.
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  • Later that year, the fifth song of ‘Teenage Dream’ was launched which also topped the ‘Hot 100’ list and which made Katy Perry the first female to have five consecutive songs to gain a spot in the ‘Hot 100’ list and the second artist to have such record, the first being Michael Jackson. In 2011, she made her debut as an actress with the film ‘Smurfs’.
  • She made an autobiographical documentary entitled ‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’ which was hit the theatres in the year 2012. The following year, she came up with her fourth album ‘Prism which topped the ‘Billlboard 200’ list.
  • In 2013, she acted in the movie ‘The Smurfs 2’, which was the sequel of ‘Smurfs’ and both the films were commercially successful. The same year, she introduced her third perfume named ‘Killer Queen’.
  • In 2014, she established the record named ‘Metamorphosis Music’ under the ‘Capitol Records’.
Major Works:
  • Her album ‘Teenage Dream’ was a huge success, with five songs which topped the ‘Billboardf Hot 100’ list consecutively. She became the first female to have such a record at the Hot 100 list and was placed second after Michael Jackson as an artist to have this record.
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Awards & Achievements:
  • This artist has won many awards which include five ‘American Music Award’, six Billboard Music Award’, six, ‘MTV Europe Music Award’, five ‘MTV Video Music Award’.
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  • She has created three ‘Guinness World Record’ which are ‘Best Start On the US Digital Chart by a Female Artist’, ‘First Female with Five Number One US singles from One Album’ and ‘Most Twitter Followers’.
Personal Life & Legacy:
  • This singer got married to actor Russell Brand in October 2010, but the relationship ended after two years. Later she was in a relationship with singer John Mayer but this was also short-lived.
  • She is associated with many charitable organizations such as ‘UNICEF’, ‘Keep A Breast Foundation’, ‘The Human Society of the United States’, ‘MusiCares’ ‘Young Survival Coalition’, ‘Children’s Health Fund’ and many more organizations which work towards helping people suffering from cancer and HIV/AIDS.
  • This artist is also a supporter of the rights of gay and believes that all humans, irrespective of their sexual orientations should be treated equally.
Net Worth:
  • She was ranked twice in the ‘Forbes’ list of ‘Top-Earning Women In Music’ and was estimated to have a net worth of $40 million as of 2014.
  • The well-known Producer and director Frank Perry is her maternal uncle.


People's Choice Awards
2014 Favorite Song Winner
2014 Favorite Music Video Winner
2013 Favorite Pop Artist Winner
2013 Favorite Female Artist Winner
2013 Favorite Music Video Winner
2013 Favorite Music Fan Following Winner
2012 Favorite TV Guest Star How I Met Your Mother (2005)
2011 Favorite Female Artist Winner
2011 Favorite Online Sensation Winner
MTV Video Music Awards
2014 Best Female Video Katy Perry Feat. Juicy J: Dark Horse (2014)
2011 Best Collaboration Katy Perry Feat. Kanye West: E.T. (2011)
2011 Video of the Year Katy Perry: Firework (2010)

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