Pop-Rock Dynamo Katy Perry Signs With Capitol; To Release Debut In Spring
The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has been wowing crowds with her catchy songs and larger-than-life charisma at recent shows with Yellowcard, Mika, and the Starting Line, while everyone from Blender Magazine to online bloggers have been singing her praises.
The Ur So Gay EP includes the title track, a hilarious kiss-off to an ex-boyfriend; a club remix of the song by DJ/producer Junior Sanchez (Madonna, Shakira); "Use Your Love" (new version of The Outfield's hit single "Your Love"); and "Lost," an honest, searching ballad that shows a more vulnerable side of this talented, multi-dimensional artist who, though she's only 22, has been writing songs, playing guitar, and performing for several years.
The middle child of two pastors, Perry grew up listening to gospel music and singing at church in Santa Barbara, CA, but "the heavens opened my eyes when I stumbled upon a Queen record and I was forever saved," she says with a laugh. "Their musicality and lyrics were so flamboyant and fun and cheeky, I'd never heard anything like it before. I think I draw from wanting to be Freddie Mercury."
Indeed, Perry's theatrical flair and irrepressible sense of humor come through loud and clear on Ur So Gay, which is just a taste of what the public can expect when Perry releases her debut full-length album in Spring 2008. Working with an array of noted producers, including Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, No Doubt), Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Dr. Luke (Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne), Butch Walker (Pink, The Donnas), and Greg Wells (Mika, Natasha Bedingfield, Rufus Wainwright), Perry delivers her feisty, confessional songs with the confidence of a veteran storyteller. "Every single one of my songs is drawn 100 percent directly from my life" she says.
Though her album isn't due till next year, Perry has been keeping busy starring in MTV VMA winners Gym Class Heroes' video for "Cupid's Chokehold," as well as videos for P.O.D. and Carbon Leaf. She also appeared in ads for Too Faced Cosmetics' Spring 2007 line. Perry's song "Self-Inflicted" appeared in a recent episode of MTV's smash series The Hills, while her song "Fingerprints" is the theme song for the Oxygen reality series Fight Girls. To get to know music's new "It" girl, please visit her official website www.katyperry.com or MySpace page www.myspace.com.katyperry.
"Katy Perry Is Exactly The Type Of Artist That The New Capitol Is Built Around. She Is Musically Adventurous With A Unique Personality And Style That Defines Her As A Star For The Next Generation!!!" - Jason Flom (Chairman & Ceo Of Capitol Music Group)
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