Katheryn Elizabeth "Katy" Hudson (born
October 25, 1984), known by her stage name
Katy Perry, is an
American singer, songwriter, businesswoman, philanthropist, and
actress. She was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California.
Having had very little exposure to mainstream pop music in her
childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teen and
released her debut studio album, Katy Hudson (2001). She also
recorded a second solo album which never received release. In
2007, Perry signed a recording contract with Capitol Records and
adopted her current stage name. The following year, she came to
prominence with her second studio album and first mainstream
release, One of the Boys (2008, which produced singles "I
Kissed a Girl", "Hot n Cold", "Thinking of You" and, "Waking Up
in Vegas". The project was further promoted through the Hello
Katy Tour. Perry's third record, Teenage Dream (2010), spawned
the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles "California Gurls",
"Teenage Dream", "Firework", "E.T." and "Last Friday Night
(T.G.I.F.)". In doing so, it became the first album recorded by
a female artist in history to produce five number-one hits, and
the second album overall behind Michael Jackson's Bad (1987).
Perry embarked on the California Dreams Tour following its
release. In 2012, it was reissued as Teenage Dream: The Complete
Confection and contained the number-one single "Part of Me". Her
fourth album, Prism, was released in 2013, and is influenced by pop and
dance. It has spawned the number-one singles "Roar" and "Dark Horse".
Katy Perry sang at the Super Bowl XLIX in 2015.