Q95 FM Artist of the Month for November:
Started performing: 1999
If this were a bio from 2001, it would go something like this: Katy Hudson is an up-and-coming country-gospel music star whose debut self-titled album is an uplifting spiritual journey of Christian rock.
If this were 2007 or 2008, we'd be describing Katy Perry as a controversial new pop act who rose to fame via MySpace and whose singles "Ur So Gay" and "I Kissed a Girl" are so racy, they may not find wide appeal in the mainstream market.
But this is 2013, and Katy Perry's image has since cooled and crystallized into the strong, vibrant role model we know her as today. Chart-topping hits like "Firework" and "Roar" have cemented her place as the queen of feel-good pop.
But she has a truly massive pile of other huge hits that cope with numerous other themes. Her mainstream debut, One of the Boys, also featured the singles "Hot n Cold" and "Waking Up in Vegas." Sophomore album Teenage Dream spawned "California Gurls" with Snoop Dogg, title track "Teenage Dream," "Firework," "E.T.," "The One That Got Away," "Part of Me," and "Wide Awake," along with "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," a song more reminiscent of her wild-side early days.
Her latest work, Prism, has already produced the major hit singles "Roar" and "Unconditionally."