In celebration of thanksgiving, pop songstress Katy Perry shared on her Instagram page a festive photo of herself as a young teen posing for a picture with her parents, The picture (see above) features evangelical pastors Keith Hudson and Mary Hudson, brother David Hudson and sister Angela Hudson and the family dog, which appears to be a Chow Chow mix.
Katy Perry, born as Kathryn Elizabeth Hudson, was born in Santa Barbara, California, to Pentecostal pastors Maurice Keith Hudson and Mary Christine Perry. Her parents are born again Christians, each having turned to God after a "wild youth". She has a younger brother named David, who is a singer,and an older sister, Angela.
rom ages 3 to 11, Perry often moved across the country as her parents set up churches before settling again in Santa Barbara. Growing up, she attended religious schools and camps, including Paradise Valley Christian School in Arizona and Santa Barbara Christian School in California during her elementary years. Her family struggled financially, sometimes using food stamps and eating from the food bank intended to feed the congregation at her parents' church.
Growing up, Perry and her siblings were not allowed to eat Lucky Charms as the term "luck" reminded their mother of Lucifer, and had to call deviled eggs "angeled eggs". Perry primarily listened to gospel music, as secular music was generally discouraged in the family's home. She discovered popular music through CDs she sneaked from her friends.
While not strictly identifying as religious, Perry has stated, "I pray all the time - for self-control, for humility." Following her sister Angela, Perry began singing by practicing with her sister's cassette tapes. She performed the tracks in front of their parents, who suggested she take vocal lessons. She began training at age 9, and was incorporated into her parents' ministry,singing in church from ages 9 to 17. At 13, Perry was given her first guitar for her birthday,and publicly performed songs she wrote. She tried to "be a bit like the typical Californian girl" while growing up, and started rollerskating, skateboarding, and surfing as a teenager. David described her as a tomboy during her adolescence.
Later, Perry even recorded a Christian album under the name Katy Hudson. Listen to a song off the album below: