Katy Perry known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, businesswoman, s#x symbol, and actress. Perry was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. Having had very little exposure to mainstream pop music in her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teen and released her debut self-titled studio album. She also recorded a second solo album which never received release. In 2007, Katy signed with Capitol Records and adopted her current stage name.