There are many songstresses out there but only one got everyone to nod in love with her talks about having the eye of a tiger and being a fighter dancing through a fire. Katy Perry in the 2013 song proclaimed herself a champion, promising we will hear her roar. It was a perfect song in every way.
The only problem albeit a very insignificant one was the timing of the song. It would have been the ideal song to announce Katy’s entrance into the music space. Most of us thought she was already a roaring champion when she dropped her “One of the Boys” album in 2008.
Katy Perry as an American singer, songwriter, actress and producer started-off as a gospel musician. Considering the kind of family she came from, she must have really danced through fire when she decided to move from doing Christain gospel music to secular ones.
Born in Santa Barbara, California on 25th October 1984 to Pastors, Katy was raised in a strict Christian home and listened only to Christian/gospel music. Her debut eponymous album was a gospel album released in 2001 under Christian label Red Hill. The album received positive reviews but didn’t do well commercially selling less than 200 copies. Fast forward 7 years later, Katy opted to do secular music and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17.
Her debut single in secular music was “Ur So Gay” (2007), the sophomore single was also her major break. Topping international charts was “I Kissed a Girl” in 2008. She then released her second album and first secular music album “One of The Boys” which received multiple platinum certifications. Her other works include “Teenage Dream” (2010) which debuted at number 1 on Billboard 200 and “Prism” (2013) whose single “Roar” topped Billboard Hot 100. Two videos from the album received over a billion views on Vevo, making her the only musician to receive multiple billion views.
As an actress, Katy Perry has lent her voice to Smurfette character in “The Smurfs” and its sequel and have also starred in 2016 movie “Zoolander 2”.
Katy Perry’s Family – Parents, Siblings and Husband
Katy’s parents, Keith Hudson her father and mother, Mary Perry are Pentecostal pastors. It is said that they both lived a rough life before they decided to become followers of Jesus Christ and to spread his gospel.
On several occasions, Katy and Mary have expressed that they are disappointed with the path Katy settled for in pursuit of a music career. Nonetheless, this has not affected their love for her. She is still their sweet little girl, they strive to respect her decisions but still hope she would return to God and make music that would glorify His name.
If Katy Perry’s parents were disappointed when she released the 2008 hit single “I kissed a Girl”, it is probable that they were devastated and was left wondering where they went wrong with Katy when the music video of her latest hit single “Bon Appetit” was released in 2017.
Keith and Mary brought up their kids in the ways of the Lord. Katy, her older sister named Angela and her younger brother, David who also sings, all attended Christian Schools. The couple hoped that the kids would carry on their pastoral duties.
Katy Perry got married to British comedian Russel Brand in 2010 but the marriage only lasted for 14 months. They divorced not because they were no longer in love with each other but because of differences on several issues which includes making a baby. After Perry parted ways with Russel she and John Mayer became lovers. That was in 2014. She has also been romantically linked to Orlando Bloom.
Katy Perry Net Worth, Earnings
Since the release of her second album, Katy Perry has been receiving an annual paycheck in the range of $30 million and $50 million from album sales, endorsements, tours and merchandise. She made $44 million and $45 million pretax in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
Her earnings even grew more in 2015. According to Forbes, Katy is the highest-earning musician in 2015 with pretax earnings of $135 million between June 2014 and June 2015. Her earnings were mostly from her Prismatic World Tour which brought in at least $2 million per stop. The tour spanned 27 countries on 4 continents including Asia.
Her Glu mobile Inc. game and endorsements with Coty, Clair’s, Ubisoft, Proactiv & Covergirl, also contributed to hike her 2015 earnings.
Katy Perry has received many awards including numerous Guinness World Records, 5 American Music Awards and 5 MTV VMAs. Though she has been nominated 13 times for the Grammys, Katy is yet to have a Grammy Award to her name. So far she has sold over 10 million albums and 81 million singles globally.
It is believed that she is worth $280 million.
Height, Feet and Body Measurements
Having the right height with a body structure that’s proportional it is not unusual to come across Perry being described with words like “hot” or “sexy”.
The songstress is 6 inches taller than 5 feet (1.7 M), she wears size eight shoe and her body measurements are 36-24-35 inches.