California-born Katy Perry skyrocketed from aspiring gospel music singer at the turn of the century to full-blown touring pop songstress roughly a decade later. Though her Christian rock debut, 2001’s “Katy Hudson,” didn’t move many units, her sophomore set seven years later made up for it. Perry switched to mainstream pop with 2008’s “One of the Boys,” and that Capitol Records release spawned three Top 10 singles —“I Kissed a Girl,” “Hot n Cold” and “Waking Up in Vegas” — along with two Grammy nominations.
Perry, also known for her bubbly personality and vibrant wardrobe choices, has openly acknowledged that she’s lyrically influenced by her personal life, and the multi-platinum pop vixen’s most recent studio set, 2013’s “Prism,” backs that up. Less than two years after her divorce from actor Russell Brand, Perry topped the charts with the effort’s anthemic “Roar.” The power-pop single about realizing her strength has garnered Grammy nods for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
Perry’s concert tours have canvased the globe several times over, with her 2011 “California Dreams Tour” earning nearly $60 million from ticket sales. That run ranked at No. 13 on Billboard’s Top 25 Tours of the year and landed her the title of Favorite Tour Headliner at the People’s Choice Awards.