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Inspirational Story of Katy Perry
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Many people think of Katy Perry as a recording artist who struck fame seemingly overnight. However, what many fail to realize is that before her apparent immediate celebrity status, Katy struggled to find a record label and was dropped three times before finally releasing her debut pop album.
Katy’s Frist Attempt
Katy’s parents are both born again Christians who turned to God after going through some very wild phases when they were young. Her father, Keith Hudson, used to make and sell LSD and her mother, Mary Perry Hudson, once dated musician Jimi Hendrix. After turning to God and becoming Pentecostal pastors, Keith and Mary moved their family frequently to set up churches all over the country.
Katy began singing in church at the age of 9 and fell in love with music. She continued singing and began creating her own songs. She asked for a guitar for her thirteenth birthday and that is when she really started writing her own music. At the age of fifteen she recorded her first record, a gospel album titled Katy Hudson. It was released on February 8, 2001 by Red Hill Records.
Two of the albums singles hit gospel radio waves, and Katy began two tours throughout the U.S. to promote the record. Ultimately the album was a failure, selling less than 200 copies.However, critics gave the record positive reviews, and Katy continued to create music. She was dropped by the label and decided to switch her musical style to mainstream pop.
Katy Attempts Another Record
At the age of seventeen she moved to Los Angeles to try to jump start her career. Shortly after moving there she knocked on the door of music producer Glen Ballard, who had worked with Alanis Morissette and Michael Jackson. She asked to play him a song and surprisingly he agreed. Katy’s talent blew Ballard away and he decided to sign her on the spot. It was also around this time that she changed her name to Katy Perry so that she would not be confused with the famous actress Kate Hudson.
Katy worked with Glen Ballard under the label Island Def Jam Records for just over a year. He helped her develop her song writing talent. They worked on an album for the label, but Ballard could not get them to notice Katy’s talent and undeniable charisma. She was dropped from The Island Def Jam Music Group in 2004.
The Third Time is a Charm, or is it?
Katy signed with Columbia Records in 2004. After being dropped twice and having one failed record and another that was never released Katy was desperate for her partnership with Columbia to work out. She has referred to this time in her life as the most desperate that she has ever felt. She once told Seventeen magazine, “It was five years of living in L.A. with no money, writing bad checks, selling my clothes to make rent, [and] borrowing money.”
Columbia Records needed to find the right point of entry for Katy to get into the market, and they tried to tell her what she should look like and how she should act. Many peoplekept telling her that she needed to be more like other pop singers like Avril Lavigne and Ashlee Simpson, but Katy insisted on being the only Katy Perry.
Her vision was much different from others in the music business. People at Columbia didn’t understand her and it didn’t seem like a good fit. Columbia was torn because Katy wouldn’t conform to their wishes, but they knew if they dropped her she would probably go somewhere else and become a big star. They couldn’t take that chance.
They paired her up with a team of producers-turned-performers known as The Matrix. Her collaboration with them was scrapped when it was nearly 80 percent complete because the label didn’t believe that it would sell. Katy felt trapped. She was locked into a contract with Columbia but wasn’t being allowed to express herself the way she wanted to. Her record wasn’t coming out and Katy was broke. She continued to write and play shows for her fans. Although her record label was telling her to be someone else, her fans were telling her they loved her just how she was.Columbia ended up dropping her in 2006. She then worked with an independent A&R company called Taxi Music while she was waiting to find another label.
Katy Signs with Capitol Records and Finally Gets Her Big Break
A publicist named Angelica Cob was so disgusted by the way that Columbia Records was treating Katy that she left the company and went to work for Capitol Records. She spread the word about Katy to Jason Flom, the CEO of Capitol at the time. He was amazed with Katy’s talent and the presence that she brought to a room. He signed her to Capitol Music Group and they immediately got to work on her debut album.
They debated over which single to release off the album first, but ultimately Katy decided it should be “I Kissed a Girl.” The song was released on April 28, 2008 and the following month it was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It stayed there for 7 weeks. She began her first tour in June of that year which consisted of 89 concerts throughout many countries.
Katy has worked incredibly hard to achieve her success and she continues to be the number one decision maker in all the business ventures she takes on. She has won countless awards and branched out into acting, supports numerous charities, and is a vigorous LGBT activist. Despite her strict religious background and all the negative criticism she got in the music industry in the beginning, Katy persevered and went on to become one of the biggest pop stars of our time.
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By: Maverine Lane
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