Katy Perry is a pop singer born on Oct. 25, 1984, in California. In 2007, she signed a record deal with Capitol Records and released her first pop single, "Ur So Gay." Her next single, "I Kissed A Girl," became a hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Perry was born Katheryn Hudson to two pastors who didn't allow her to listen to popular music. She began taking voice lessons at the age of 9 and started learning to play guitar when she turned 13. In 2001, she recorded a gospel album called "Katy Hudson." When the label closed down, Perry got her GED and moved to Los Angeles, California to focus on her singing career. She worked with songwriter and producer Glen Ballard, who previously collaborated with singers Alanis Morissette and Christina Aguilera. Perry then had three record deals fall apart before signing with Capitol.
With the success of "Ur So Gay" and "I Kissed A Girl," Perry's debut album, "One of the Boys," reached the Top 10 rank on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "I Kissed A Girl" was also the first song that earned Perry a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Perry released her sophomore album, "Teenage Dreams," in 2010. The first single, "California Gurls," reached the top spot on several Billboard charts. Her following singles, the title track "Teenage Dreams" and "Firework," also reached the top of the charts.