2017 is going to be a huge year for 32-year-old Katy Perry. The singer, songwriter, businesswoman and actress recently took a few years off from creating and performing live music in order to focus on the rebirth and redirection of her creative career.
After she performed at the Grammys early in 2017, the downtime was clearly over for the starlet who has a net worth well into nine digits. Things have not always gone perfectly smooth for Perry, who was initially born Katheyrn Elizabeth Hudson in Santa Barbara, California in October 1984.
Young Katy Perry sought her way out of high school as soon as possible, completing the GED test following her freshman year. She enrolled at the Music Academy of the West, just a few miles from her childhood home. It was there that she studied underneath some very talented teachers, which led to her gaining the attention of a few major names in the music business.
Like many performers, she moved to Los Angeles with hopes of striking big things. Unlike many performers, she did so at the age of 17. Perry released her initial studio album just after the turn-of-the-century by her birth name, Katheyrn Hudson. Hoping to make a major name for herself in music, she quickly deviated from an already established female actress known as Kate Hudson, renaming herself Katy Perry in 2003.
The name stuck, and it infused the young talent who grew up in a conservative household underneath the thumb of a preacher father. She was able to fly free after signing her first record deal a year later. In 2008, she released her first studio album, officially defining Katy Perry to the world as a bright and creative spirit with the proper curves to gain additional attention.
With the release of her third studio album in 2010 (Teenage Dream), Perry became a true modern pop superstar. She was completely unafraid to be a sex symbol, although she did so on her terms. For an American female pop artist, a beautiful body and catchy songs will open the door to fame. It takes true grit and talent to climb the ladder.
Perry released her most recent studio album in 2013. 2017 is a year that will feature her most recent studio release, as well as a sizable North American tour. Perry has essentially redefined herself, aiming to create music that is more meaningful and impactful after rising to fame by way of the Hot-100 charts in many English-speaking nations.
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