Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and television judge. After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager.
Perry signed with Red Hill Records and released her debut studio album Katy Hudson under her birth name in 2001, which was commercially unsuccessful. She moved to Los Angeles the following year to venture into secular music after Red Hill ceased operations and she subsequently began working with producers Glen Ballard, Dr. Luke, and Max Martin.
After adopting the stage name Katy Perry and being dropped by The Island Def Jam Music Group and Columbia Records, she signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in April 2007.
Katy Perry has always been an LGBTQ ally, regardless of the slightly problematic context of her breakout hit I Kissed a Girl.And the 13-time Grammy nominee was one of several celebs to pay tribute to the community this weekend.She cheered on her LGBTQ fans Sunday, as she joined Ellen DeGeneres, Paris Hilton and a slew of other A-listers in celebrating National Coming Out Day on social media.