Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (October 25, 1984), known by her stage name as Katy Perry, is an American singer-songwriter. Perry rose to prominence with her 2008 single "I Kissed a Girl" which has become a worldwide hit. She is known for her unconventional style of dress, often humorous, bright in color, and reminiscent of different decades, as well as her frequent use of fruit-shaped accessories, mainly watermelon as part of her outfits. Perry has a contralto vocal range
Perry was born in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, United States. The middle child of two pastors, she grew up listening to gospel music and singing in church. She graduated from Dos Pueblos High School, in Goleta, California, in 2003, and immediately moved to Los Angeles at age eighteen. She changed her surname to Perry because "Katy Hudson" was too close to Kate Hudson. Perry is her mother's maiden name.
In her teenage years, Perry found a Queen album with her friend, and later said, "From then on, they have been my biggest influence." Also among her musical influences are Alanis Morissette, Heart and Joni Mitchell, as well as the Incubus album, "Morning View." Perry's biggest influences are pop rockers Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett and Shirley Manson, who, Perry says, "came out with a vengeance."