Born and rasied in Santa Barbarba, California, Perry started her career in gospel music and released her debut album under her birth name in 2001, but the album flopped. She then transtioned to secular music and despite two failed record deals, she signed with Capitol Records in 2007. Her second album, One of The Boys, was released in 2008 and became her breakthrough album. Her first single off the album, "I Kissed A Girl", became a big hit and even caused some controversary. She has continued to score hits such as "Teenage Dream", "Roar", and "Dark Horse". Her fifth album, Witness, will be released on June 9, 2017.
In addition to her music, Perry has worked as an actress. She made her film debut voicing the character of Smurfette in the 2011 film The Smurfs and its 2013 sequel. She also made an appearence in the 2016 film Zoolander 2.
American IdolEditPerry first appeared on Idol as a guest judge during season 9. She even performed on the show wearing a cape with Adam Lambert's name on it. She was announced as a judge for season 16 on ABC on May 16, 2017.
Perry was married to comedian Russell Brand from 2010-2012. She has also dated fellow singer-songwriter John Mayer and actor Orlando Bloom.
- Katy Hudson (2001)
- One of The Boys (2008)
- Teenage Dream (2010)
- Prism (2013)
- Witness (2017)
- The Smurfs (2011) (lead role)
- The Smurfs 2 (2013) (lead role)
- Zoolander 2 (2016) (cameo)