Then and Now. Ever hear of Katy Hudson?
Watch this video below and let me know if you recognize the singer. (You probably see who it is by the heading on the video)
Excuse me if I’m a bit late on this (or you’re welcome if you’re mind is blown like mine) but could it be?
That was a video of a teenage KATY PERRY performing at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA as a — *gulp* — Christian artist some 9 years ago! I had no idea until I came across this hilarious blog post from Jon Acuff.
Before she bust out on the scene with wholesome anthems like “I Kissed a Girl” and “California Gurls,” Katy real name Hudson was making her pastor parents proud by writing and performing songs about Jesus, playing out in public venues, and releasing CDs to stock the shelves of Family Christian Stores the world over (although apparently she never had a successful album release in this arena)
I know what kind of path a blog post like this one can take but I’m not here to bash on Katy or talk about how I wish she was still doing Christian music (I don’t), blah blah blah. I’ll leave that sentiment to the youtube hate comment brigade. Rather, I’m just simply intrigued by all this, that’s all.
It’s not just that she used to do Christian music. It’s that she used to have a real singer/songwriter vibe with some really decent acoustic guitar sensibilities and versatile vocal delivery.
It’s not just that she was small-time then and she’s big-time now. It’s the evident shift she has made from a somewhat shy, unassuming, teenage coffeehouse performer to a full-blown pop icon who commands the stage and the attention of all who would care to watch and listen.
It’s not just that her and Jesus were BFFs back in the day. It’s that today, somewhere underneath the scanty “what the heck is she wearing?!” fabric lies a woman who occasionally thinks back to the days of her Youth Group past with either disdain or nostalgia. Which is it?
It’s also intriguing to think that Katy would never have had the magnitude of influence she has right now had she stayed with the music she was doing cerca 2001. All her videos right now on youtube have an average of 20 million hits.
These are some semi-inconclusive thoughts I’m simply throwing out.
Right now, I’m simply intrigued and fascinated by the extreme conversion that Katy Hudson has gone through to become Katy Perry. Change to this degree, whether “good” or “bad,” is always worth a little investigation, a little thought.
For the record, I admit that her songs are pretty dang catchy… California Gurls. that’s my jam. Her acoustic stuff from the past are pretty cool too.
What do you think? Are you more fascinated now than before? Or could you care less?