Katy Perry is a global pop sensation known for her chart-topping hits, flamboyant lifestyle, and bold personality. However, her beginnings were humble and deeply rooted in the Christian faith, where she was raised in a family committed to following Jesus.
Katy’s parents, Keith Hudson and Mary Perry Hudson, were both Pentecostal pastors. Her early years were spent learning the values of the Christian faith, and her parents’ commitment to their church community influenced her upbringing.
Along with her older sister and younger brother, Katy attended Christian schools. She also tried her hand at becoming a become a gospel singer, but the Christian album she recorded and released in 2001 didn’t sell.
At the tender age of 17, Katy decided to move to Hollywood and went on to sign a deal with a secular record company. She then became an overnight success in 2008 with the release of her debut single, I Kissed A Girl.
However, Katy’s mother Mary Hudson, was devastated when she first heard the song and realised the direction her precious daughter was heading in. ‘I felt like I was flattened to the wall,’ she said in an interview.
Mary and her husband Keith have been shunned by many because of their daughter’s lifestyle, and never expected things to turn out as they have. When Katy used to sing to Christian audiences as a girl, Mary said the anointing on her was incredible. ‘People would just weep.’
It hasn’t been easy for Katy’s mother to watch her daughter drift so far from her Christian values, but she refuses to give up hope, believing that unconditional love and support is essential for parents of prodigals. ‘It’s only the love of God that will bring them back.’
Though Katy has publicly denounced her Christian upbringing at times, she still has the name of Jesus tattooed on the inside of her wrist. She keeps it as a reminder of her childhood and says that even though she’s not a practising Christian, she remains connected to God.
Meanwhile, Mary’s commitment to praying for Katy extends well beyond the realm of fame and success. It reflects a mother’s heart for the well-being and happiness of her child, and she remains in constant communication with her daughter. ‘You have to rise above your feelings.’
Focus On Others
In her book, Joyful Parent=Happy Home, Mary advises readers to ‘speak life to your children no matter what they are up against.’ She believes that parents can move past their feelings and love their children despite their actions.
Mary reveals that she draws strength from God and anchors her soul in Psalm 113:9, which says, He gives the barren woman a dwelling, making her the joyful mother of children. Praise the Lord!
Mary’s prayers stand as a powerful testament to the enduring connection between a mother’s heartfelt petitions and the journey of her beloved daughter navigating the complexities of life in the spotlight.
‘You have to take your mind off your own situation and focus on others if you are ever going to see the light of day.’