Katy Perry - Mario Sorrenti Photoshoot 2013 for W Magazine
Katy Perry (born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson; October 25, 1984) is an
American singer-songwriter and actress. Born in Santa Barbara,
California, and raised by Christian pastor parents, Perry grew up
listening to only gospel music and sang in her local church as a child.
After earning a GED during her first year of high school, she began to
pursue a career in music. As Katy Hudson, she released a self-titled
gospel album in 2001, which was unsuccessful. She later recorded an
album with production team The Matrix and completed the majority of a
solo album from 2004–05, neither of which were released.
Perry was credited as a guest judge on the seventh series of British
television show The X Factor, has released a fragrance called "Purr",
and appears in the 2011 film The Smurfs. Perry had a long relationship
with Travie McCoy; she married Russell Brand on October 23, 2010.