Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, the daughter of two Christian pastors, began her singing career by recording Gospel music and Christian Rock. These days, you know the erstwhile Hudson as Katy Perry, the busty and coquettish sexpot you see below. But her evangelist mother, Mary Perry Hudson, has some stern words for her, and Hudson is shopping them around in a new book.
Hudson "disagrees with a lot of choices [Perry] makes in her career." Perry, for her part, has achieved stunning fame as a raunchy pop-star singing about "sex on the beach," getting drunk, and going "all the way tonight." Her career took off with this single, where she boasts in the chorus, "I kissed a girl and I liked it."
When "I Kissed a Girl" first came out, Perry's mother said, "I hate the song. It clearly promotes homosexuality and its message is shameful and disgusting."
"Katy knows how I feel," Hudson continued. "We are a very outspoken family and she knows how disappointed her father and I are. I can’t even listen to that song. The first time I heard it I was in total shock. When it comes on the radio I bow my head and pray."
These days, Hudson plans to write a book about her daughter, and specifically, the impact her daughter's scintillating fame has had on her hometown Christian ministry. Hudson is shopping the book proposal around to number of agencies.
Katy Perry, who has a Jesus tattoo on her wrist, grew up in a very religious households in Santa Barbara, California. She has described her upbringing as "Jesus Camp."
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Perry has said:
Speaking in tongues is as normal to me as 'Pass the salt' . . . It's a secret, direct prayer language to God. My dad speaks in tongues and my mom interprets it . . . I wasn't ever able to say I was lucky because my mother would rather us say that we were blessed. Deviled eggs were called 'angeled' eggs.
A snippet of the book proposal that Hudson is sending around suggests that Hudson's book aims to counter this negative image of Perry's childhood:
Amid a torrent of negative reports from tabloid magazines and entertainment shows, Mary Hudson wants to tell 'her story' and dispel a lot of rumors. Katy's success has impacted her ministry in both negative and positive ways...
She loves her daughter very much and is very proud of her accomplishments, but disagrees with a lot of choices she makes in her career. This memoir is to set the record straight.
Despite what some may think, though, her mother says that the book will not be "a Katy Perry tell-all."