You know Katy Perry today as a top of the charts pop star who has brought us all hits like “Teenage Dream”, “I Kissed a Girl” and “Roar”, among many others. But did you know that she got her start as a Christian singer / songwriter and was in a Christian metal band?
Don’t worry, a lot of us haven’t since she called herself Katy Hudson before she became famous. The revelation is catching on among fans and media alike, causing confusion. POD clears everyone up, saying that Perry was “NEVER a backing vocalist.”
Perry did backing vocals for POD before becoming a chart-topping sensation
Before Perry, real name Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, was the pop sensation that took the industry by storm, she tried to break into the music industry with a gospel album and played the role of backing vocalist for one of the POD singles titled “Goodbye for Now”.
POD (also known as Payable On Death) is primarily a Christian band.
While it’s not easy to visualize the Katy Perry we all know and love today (hello, “I kissed a girl,” anyone?) As a Christian artist it makes sense that she started in this genre.
According to Biography, Perry’s parents were both very conservative pastors, going so far as to refuse to let her listen to rock or popular music. In fact, they quote her saying, “The only things I was allowed to listen to were the Sister act 1 and 2 soundtracks.
Giving information on POD in particular, they were a Christian metal band formed in 1992. The band members included Sonny Sandoval who was the vocalist, Wuv Bernardo the drummer and rhythm guitarist, Marcos Curiel the lead guitarist and Traa Daniels the bassist.
The group was primarily known for their fascinating combination of drastically different genres in their music, including heavy metal, rap, reggae, Latin music, and punk.
She not only appeared in one of their hit singles, but performed with them on Jay Leno.
Not only did we have the pleasure of hearing Perry appear on the POD single, but we also have video proof of the 22-year-old collaborating on “Goodbye for Now” AND performing the song on Tonight’s Show with Jay Leno. Remember, however, that this was before we were introduced to today’s Perry and his insane fashion choices.
Once videos for the pop star’s music video and Jay Leno’s performance began to resurface, many people quickly called Perry the backing vocal for the metal band. The group has stood firm to deny the allegations.
“It’s a revisionist story and disrespectful to our daughter Katy who has NEVER been a backing vocalist,” the group said in a statement to the Rolling Stones. “We invited her to participate in our album because she was and still is one of the few pop artists with strong musical roots.”
They added: “She paid her dues not as a chorister, but in a van going from town to town. This is the problem with music journalism today … Poor reporting. No research. No story.
POD Now Against Katy Perry’s Current Music Career
Although she made her debut with POD, Perry’s career has since skyrocketed beyond their success and become a superstar. Today, POD is still considered “active” in the industry after more than 25 years, releasing their 10th album in 2018 titled Circles.
However, they are not as active or as popular as they were at the start of their careers in the 90s and early 2000s. Overall, their music career has earned them one award (GMA Dove Awards) and seven nominations. .
As for Perry, she recently released her new album. Smile in 2020, followed by four EP (extended pieces): Camp Katy, cosmic energy, empowerment, and Scorpion SZN.
She has also returned home with 20 awards and 70 nominations in her music career so far, including three Blimp Awards, two VMAs and four People Choice Awards. In the past year alone, she won a Billboard Latin Music Award for Crossover Artist of the Year and an iHeartRadio Music Award for Latin Pop / Reggaeton Song of the Year.
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