Katy Perry was born in Santa Barbara, California to Christian pastor parents. She grew up in the church and learned her musical talents from singing the gospels. She earned her GED her freshman year in high school and went onto pursue a career in music. As Katy Hudson,…more
Katy considers herself a Mac as opposed to a PC, outspoken as opposed to shy, and a rule breaker as opposed to a rule maker.
Katy was #15 on Maxim's Hot 100 List of 2009.
Katy's favorite part of the day is when she has snuggle time with her cat, Kitty Purry.
Katy would like to meet Karl Lagerfeld.
Katy could watch Lolita over and over again and not get sick of it.
When Katy was in high school she was teased for having big breasts, and almost considered a reduction.
When Katy was growing up, she wasn't allowed to watch MTV.
In March 2009, while participating in a magazine shoot with a chimpanzee, Katy was embarrassed and upset when the monkey urinated on her, forcing her to shower in the middle of the shoot.
Katy's "I Kissed a Girl" was inspired by a girl she had a crush on, and to the day the girl doesn't know the song's about her.
Katy would like to kiss Megan Fox.
Katy claims shopping as her drug of choice.
Katy appeared in advertisements for Too Faced Cosmetics' Spring 2007 line.
Katy's I Kissed a Girl made Vh1's Top 40 Videos of 2008 list.
At the 2008 VMA's, Katy performed Madonna's "Like a Virgin".
Katy's favorite colors are blue, green, brown, yellow, and neon colors. Her favorite place to visit is Japan, and her favorite foods are Thai food, French crepes, spaghetti, ice cream, and Mexican food.
In November 2008, Katy was performing at the Fashion Cares fundraiser for AIDS and her dress strap fell down, and her dress slipped and revealed her breasts. She rushed off stage and fixed her dress before returning to finish her song.
In October 2008, Katy dressed up as an egg for Halloween. Gwen Stefani did too, whom Katy is a fan of.
In June 2008, anti-knife campaigners criticized Katy after a publicity photo of her holding a switchblade which was criticized for idealizing knives.
Katy's song Fingerprints was featured in the movie Baby Mama.
Katy called herself a skinnier version of Lily Allen but, later apologized on December 9, 2008.
Katy has made appearances in Carbon Leaf's music video "Learn to Fly" and on Gym Heroes' music video "Cupid's Chokehold".
Katy once dated Gym Class Heroes' Travis McCoy.
Katy got her breasts plastered for Keep-A-Breast, and then sold the cast on eBay.
Katy often wears bright, colorful outfits and fruit-shaped accessories (mainly watermelon).
Katy sung in Vans Warped Tour 2008.
Katy's I Kissed a Girl reached #1 on The Billboard Hot 100 and was there for 7 weeks.
Katy recieved voice lessons when she was 10.
Katy's height is 5'8".
Katy changed her surname to Perry from "Katy Hudson" because it was too close to "Kate Hudson". Perry is her mom's maiden name.
Katy graduated from Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California in 2003.
Katy's vocal range is contralto.
When Katy turned 13, her parents bought her a guitar.
Katy sung at Z100 Jingle Ball 2008 that was held at Madison Square Garden, NYC.
Katy Perry released a Christian self-intitled CD with Red Hill Records before One of the Boys under the name Katy Hudson.
Katy revealed she wet herself with excitement after being asked to host the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards in Liverpool, UK, on November 6th.
Katy is the middle child of her family.
Katy is a Christian.
Katy has black hair and blue eyes.
Katy's top 3 "rock star" moments are eating dinner with Mick Jagger, having a release party for her album, and seeing a full-body tattoo of herself on a fan's arm.
Katy was named Blender's "Next Big Thing" in October 2004 and Teen People's "One to Watch".
Both of Katy's parents are pastors.
Katy knows how to play acoustic guitar and electric guitar.
Katy loves surfing, weekend trips, garage sales, anything Japanese, dressing themed, rollerblading, iceskating, and miniature golf.
Katy is signed with Capitol Records.
Katy is a smoker.
Katy collects anything that is vintage.
Katy has a pet cat, Kitty Purry.
Katy's debut album One of the Boys was released on June 17, 2008.
Katy's musical influences are Queen, Beach Boys, Heart, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Alanis Morissette, Imogen Heap, Gwen Stefani, and Rufus Wainwright.
Katy Perry: I fall in love every time. And I don't really fall in love a lot, but when I do, I fall hard.
Katy Perry: I've lived such a great, fantastic life already, but there's still so much more.
Katy Perry: (revealing how she refused to narrowly define herself, starting in high school) I was a hop-around. I hung out with the rockabilly crew, the guys who were trying to be rappers, the funny kids.
Katy Perry: I wanted to be that quirky girl who writes funny songs that still have meaning.
Katy: My party time is usually a dinner party with friends. I couldn't give a f**k about going to clubs. I want to drink really good wine and really good beer, because I like really good wine and really good beer.
Katy: (revealing her high tolerance for alcohol) I can drink eight beers and feel fine the next day. I usually drink dark beer because I hate hangovers, and I can't drink and work in the same schedule.
Katy: I'm really critical of my posture, it makes a big difference. And I try to suck my belly in. Everyone should do that whether you're on a red carpet or not. Even if you're just going out to dinner with your boyfriend you should try and suck it in.
Katy: I think there's a fine line between being a slut and being classy. I walk in between that line.
Katy: Santa Barbara is my hood. I mean, it's not much of a hood, but it is definitely like my hood. I claim Santa Barbara like I claim my family - I'm going to be married and buried there.
Katy: When I first started at 17 in Los Angeles, the hit song was 'Complicated', and everyone wanted me to write a 'Complicated', I'm like, look that's Avril, this is me. Everybody loves that song - hopefully everyone will love my song.
Katy: My personality is up and down, sassy and cheeky.
Katy: I really like to look like a history book. I can look 1940s, I can look 1970s hippie-chic, or sometimes I'll pull that '80s Brooklyn hip-hop kid with the door-knocker earrings.
Katy: (After controversy over her song 'Ur So Gay' ) It's not a negative connotation. It's not 'you're so gay', like 'you're so lame', but the fact of the matter is that this boy should've been gay. I was talking about ex-boyfriends.
Katy: I know sometimes if I don't think about what I do or think about the things I say, then I'll just ruin it for everybody and keep giving that stereotype of teens-that they're irresponsible and not doing anything with their lives.
Katy: I wasn't allowed to listen to secular music when I was a kid, but there was a time when I was hanging out at my friend's house. We're trying on all our outfits, like girls do, and out of nowhere I heard the lyrics to 'Killer Queen.' Time stood still. The music was totally different from anything I'd heard. I still love Freddie Mercury. He was flamboyant with a twist of the operatic, but more importantly, he just didn't give a f---.
Katy: If people want a role model, they can have Miley Cyrus!
Katy: (about her parents' strict rules from when she was a teenager) That's my parents. They're crazy! They're nuts!
Katy: (about her father encouraging her to sing) My dad would give me $10, which is a lot of money when you're 9, to sing at church, on tables at restaurants, at family functions, just about anywhere.
Katy: I got this Jesus tattoo on my wrist when I was 18 because I know that it's always going to be a part of me. When I'm playing, it's staring right back at me, saying, 'Remember where you came from.'
Katy: (Revealing she once had a drinking problem while waiting for her career to take off) It was really difficult, drinking became a problem. It got out of control until I said, 'OK - back to work.' I know I'm speaking for someone, even if it is someone silly.
Katy: (following her single 'I Kissed a Girl') Girls now keep asking for a kiss. After every show on my tour I stay behind to do an autograph signing. But about a dozen women will want a snog. I just sweetly say, 'No, thank you'. If I kissed everybody who asked I'd probably go away with something I don't really want.
Katy: (When she found a Queen record) The heavens opened and saved me. From then on, they have been my biggest influence.
Katy:(On what separates her from other female artists) I want to push the envelope and I want to do something different and exciting and make people, keep them on their toes at all times.
Katy: I think people appreciate a songwriter who shows different sides. The whole angst thing is cool, but if that's all you've got, it's just boring. Everything I write, whether it's happy or sad, has a sense of humor to it.
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