Katy Perry (Katheryn Elizabeth Hudon) was born October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. Perry is her mother's maiden name.
Her parents are both pastors, and Katy's first album was a gospel album called "Katy Hudson" and was released in 2001.
Katy Perry started working on more mainstream material in the mid-2000s. Her big breakthrough came in 2008 with the huge hit song "I Kissed A Girl" from the album One of the Boys.