Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and television judge. After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager.
Perry signed with Red Hill Records and released her debut studio album Katy Hudson under her birth name in 2001, which was commercially unsuccessful. She moved to Los Angeles the following year to venture into secular music after Red Hill ceased operations and she subsequently began working with producers Glen Ballard, Dr. Luke, and Max Martin.
After adopting the stage name Katy Perry and being dropped by The Island Def Jam Music Group and Columbia Records, she signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in April 2007.
The UK's coronavirus hospital death toll has gone up by 64 – the highest rise since late June. England recorded 56 more deaths, Scotland recorded six, Wales counted two and there were no new fatalities in Northern Ireland.
The majority of the deaths were recorded in hospitals in England's North West and East, where many towns and cities remain subject to heavier local restrictions.