ON OCTOBER 25 1984, KEITH AND MARY HUDSON BECAME THE PROUD PARENTS OF THEIR SECOND BABY GIRL, WHICH THEY NAMED KATHERYN ELIZABETH. WITH BOTH HER PARENTS BEING PASTORS, KATHERYN GREW UP, WITH HER OLDER SISTER AND YOUNGER BROTHER, IN A VERY CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENT, ATTENDING CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS AND CAMPS AND LISTENING TO CHRISTIAN GOSPEL MUSIC ONLY. THOUGH IT SOUNDS RESTRICTED, KATHERYN GREW UP A HAPPY CHILD, TAKING DANCE CLASSES AND VOCAL COACHING.
Incorporated in her parent’s ministry, she started to sing in their church at the early age of 9. It wasn’t for long that it became clear, Katheryn had quite the talent. At the age of 15, Katheryn Hudson attracted the attention of some Nashville rock veterans who brought her over to Tennessee in order to polish her skills. She ended up singing a record deal and release her debut album, simply named Katy Hudson, containing all Christian songs. Two years later, Katy as she called herself now, met Glen Ballard, songwriter and producer of Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill album. Finding comfort in working with Glen, Katy became vocalist of The Matrix production team. Though working hard at her musical career, and being offered several opportunities, Katy never managed to release a successful album.
In 2007 Virgin Records chairman Jason Flom was searching for the next global pop act. Being exposed to The Matrix and some of the small individual projects Katy Hudson was involved in, he started to have a strong feeling this 23 year old girl could possibly be the answer he was looking for. And so, despite mixed reactions from fellow Virgin executives, he signed her to the newly created Capitol Music group. Katy, who realized that her family name was too close to film actress Kate Hudson, decided to change her name ad adopted the family name of her close relatives Eleanor and Frank Perry.
Part of the deal with Capitol was to adopt unfinished recording Katy had done while recording with Colombia Records. However Jason Flom thought these recordings lacked the strength to become instant hits on both US and international markets and decided to team her up with writer/producer Dr. Luke which resulted in the song I Kissed a Girl. Katy Perry is the only female artist ever to score 5 number 1 hits from one album and the first artist to have 4 different music videos nominated in different categories at the renowned MTV Music Video Awards. Now, relatively young in her international career and with only 2 studio albums on her name, Katy Perry can sign off on numerous awards and nominations, a film role, two perfumes inspired by her and even a Barbie doll created in her distinctive style. A success story that will be topped this year with the release of the documentary film Katy Perry: Part of Me.
Inspired by Madonna: Truth or Dare, the part-biopic part-concert movie of Madonna – who by the way is a strong supporter of 28 years old Katy Perry – Katy Perry shows and talks about her life and career so far in this documentary film. The film will be the closure of her Teenage Dream era and, according to the singer, is a testimony to her big professional and personal life-changing journey that she wants to share with her fans. “This film, you're going to see it from my best friend/buddy perspective, you're going to see exactly what I mean and feel and think about everything.”
Katy Perry: Part of Me will open in film theaters in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom on July 4 2012. The film promises to be a backstage pass, front row seat and intimate look at the fun, glamorous, heartbreaking, inspiring, crazy, magical, passionate and honest mad diary of Katy Perry. –BM-
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