Katy’s parents, Mary Christine and Maurice Keith Hudson are both Pentecostal pastors and born again Christians.
They believe in a strict interpretation of the Bible, spirits, speaking in tongues, faith healing, the imminent return of Jesus, and, of course, the devil.
“So, both of my parents are pastors and staunch Republicans,” Perry told the audience. “I didn’t finish high school and unfortunately I don’t have a formal education. But I do have an open mind and I have a voice.”
Although Katy remains close to her parents, she’s charted her own course, reflected in her activist role in Clinton’s campaign.
“Remember it’s not where you come from, it’s what you grow into. So, here’s how I’m going to use my voice. I’m going to vote for Hillary Clinton,” she said. “I have been on the road with her since Iowa.”
Katy grew up in a household that was so strictly religious she was not allowed to eat “Lucky Charms” cereal because her parents believed the name was associated with Lucifer. She also had to call deviled eggs “angeled eggs.”
Although Katy’s talent was recognized at an early age, her parents limited her to religious music. She attended only religious schools and started singing in her parent’s ministry starting at nine years old.
She dropped out of high school at 15 to pursue a singing, initially as a Christian artist. Her first album was a gospel record, the self-titled Katy Hudson. It was released in March 2001 and promptly flopped.
After an abortive attempt to cross-over to pop music, she was signed by Capitol Records in 2007. She scored a major breakout the follow year with her song “I Kissed a Girl” off her second album “One of the Boys.” The album sold 7 million copies and vaulted her to superstardom.
Perry’s 2012 documentary, “Part Of Me,” pulled back the curtain on her strict religious upbringing.
At the convention, she sang her pop anthem “Roar,” a song about female empowerment.
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