Katy Hudson (album)

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Katy Hudson
Studio album by Katy Hudson
Released February 8, 2001 (2001-02-08)
Recorded 2000–01
Genre Christian rock, contemporary Christian music
Length 48:11
Label Red Hill
Producer Tommy Collier, Otto Price, David Browning
Katy Hudson chronology
  • Katy Hudson
  • (2001)

Katy Hudson is the eponymous debut studio album by American recording artist Katy Hudson, who subsequently adopted the stage name Katy Perry. It was released on February 8, 2001 by Red Hill Records. Hudson incorporated primarily Christian rock and contemporary Christian music elements in the songs' compositions, with lyrical themes of adolescence and childhood which revolve around her faith in God.

The album spawned two radio singles and Hudson embarked on two tours through the United States. Upon its release, Katy Hudson received positive reviews from music critics, who praised her songwriting and deemed her a talent due to her voice, though others critiqued the album's music for being overproduced. Commercially, the album was a failure, selling fewer than 200 copies. After Red Hill Records went bankrupt, Hudson changed her musical style to mainstream pop and, due to her increased popularity, copies of this album have become very rare and sought-after. On June 1, 2012, the album was released in the iTunes Store.

Background and recording[edit]

Hudson, raised by two Pentecostal pastors, started performing in church. Her passion for music grew and, with various trips to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 15, she started recording demos. She was discovered by Nashville producers while singing in a church, and signed a record contract with Red Hill Records.[1] Hudson later asserted that writing for the album was "very important" to her, feeling that she "had been given a message". She continued, "I want to be an artist, not just someone who puts her voice on a CD. And I didn’t want to be written off as just another teenager who was handed a record deal." Katy Hudson mainly revolves around faith and God, and the first song she composed for the album was "Trust in Me". She spoke on the initial recording sessions, "When we first started recording, it seemed like everybody knew everybody else and I didn't know anyone—it made me feel like the new kid all over again, just like growing up. I would even feel intimidated about playing the five chords I knew pretty well".[2]


Katy Hudson saw Hudson exploring Christian rock and contemporary Christian music (CCM).[3] Amongst what was described as an alternative direction were prominent influences of pop rock. During an interview for her official website at the time, Hudson cited artists Jonatha Brooke, Jennifer Knapp, Diana Krall, and Fiona Apple as her musical influences. "Trust in Me", "Naturally", and "My Own Monster" were said to capture "loneliness, fear and doubt often ascribed to teens".[2]

The first features "haunting" strings with "electronica effects" and "solid rock roots".[4] An aggressive track, "Piercing" depicts the infatuation people have with expendable things. In "Piercing", Hudson sings: "Lord, help me see the reality / That all I'll ever need is You".[2] "Last Call" was written by Hudson while reading the book Last Call for Help: Changing North America One Teen at a Time, written by Dawson McAllister. Musically, it sees Hudson going into a more jazz-oriented sound.[3] Hudson described "Growing Pains" as an anthem for children and adolescents, explaining that society shares a misconstructed image of them, often viewing them as individuals that do not believe in or do not know much about God. Written by Hudson when she was in eighth grade, the song "Spit" addresses the hypocrisy she faced in Christian school.

"Faith Won't Fail" was inspired by faith always sufficing in Bible situations and chapters; and Hudson commented on "Search Me": "I was struggling with the fact that I would have the huge responsibility of how others would be affected through what I was doing or saying on stage. I don't want to put on some kind of front that everything is good when it's not. I wanted to keep it real, but still give people hope." The record closes with "When There's Nothing Left", which has been described as a "crisp and clean 'love note' to God".[5] The album was described as not being in the vein of the bubble gum pop variety rather evoking comparisons to the Christian pop songstresses Rachel Lampa and Jaci Velasquez.[6]

Release and promotion[edit]

Katy Hudson was released on February 8, 2001 as an audio cassette,[7] and later on March 6, 2001 as a CD,[8] despite its release date being incorrectly listed in Amazon as October 23, 2001.[9] The online merchandise store for Katy Hudson also had various products related to Hudson, for example, necklaces, T-shirts and posters.[10] Hudson went on a tour with Phil Joel, Earthsuit, and V*Enna, in which Hudson performed three songs, including "Search Me", and was dressed with a jean jacket and glittery eyeshadow.[11] Hudson also went on a solo promotional tour for Katy Hudson, visiting the United States, starting September 6, 2001 in Texas and finishing in November 18 of that year, in Virginia. It consisted of 46 dates.[12]

Initial reception[edit]

Critical reaction[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
Billboard Positive[13]
Christianity Today Positive[4]
Cross Rhythms 9/10 stars[14]
The Phantom Tollbooth 3/5 stars[6]

Katy Hudson garnered a positive reception from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic awarded Katy Hudson three stars out of five, stating that with the album, Hudson had "betray[ed] a heavy, heavy debt to Alanis Morissette". Erlewine also interpreted some of the songs' lyrics as having sexual overtones, and identifying those as "the most interesting things" in the album, describing the record's overall sound as "the kind of assaultive, over-produced Wall of Sound that some CCM rockers do in order to prove they're contemporary".[3] Christianity Today writer Russ Breimeier was positive about Katy Hudson, highlighting Hudson's songwriting style for being "insightful and well matched to the emotional power" of Hudson's music. He further deemed Hudson a "young talent" and expected to hear more from her in the next year.[4] Similarly, Tony Cummings from Cross Rhythms also considered Hudson to be a "vocal talent", recommending readers to listen to the album.[14] The Phantom Tollbooth's Andy Argyrakis stated that Hudson having been reared in church had "paid off", and noted that "Although a mere pop lightweight, it's hard to ignore Hudson's sincerity and lyrical maturity."[6] DEP from Billboard, also calling Hudson a talent, classified the record as "textured modern-rock collection that is equal parts grit and vulnerability" and "impressive".[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

Upon its release, Katy Hudson proved to be a commercial failure for Red Hill Records, selling an estimate value from 100 to 200 copies.[1]

Musical change[edit]

Some time after the album's release, the label Red Hill Records went bankrupt.[15] Katy Hudson became her only Christian music-influenced album, as she switched to secular mainstream music and, along with it adopted the stage name Katy Perry (to avoid confusion with actress Kate Hudson).[16]

Due to Perry's increasing popularity since her change to a more mainstream sound, copies of Katy Hudson have become very rare and sought-after within her fanbase, and are only available on Internet retail websites with prices ranging from $90 to $200 depending on the condition of the album.[15] Perry's fourth studio album, Prism (2013), was announced with a golden truck driving in Los Angeles, that spelled the album's name and its release date. While speculating about what could possibly be found inside the truck, James Montgomery from MTV jokingly wrote: "all the remaining copies of 2001's Katy Hudson album, to be summarily destroyed".[17]

Track listing[edit]

Credits extracted from Katy Hudson liner notes.[18]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Trust in Me"   Katy Hudson, Mark Dickson Otto Price 4:46
2. "Piercing"   Hudson, Tommy Collier, Brian White Collier 4:06
3. "Search Me"   Hudson, Scott Faircloff Collier 5:00
4. "Last Call"   Hudson David Browning 3:07
5. "Growing Pains"   Hudson, Dickson Browning 4:05
6. "My Own Monster"   Hudson Browning 5:25
7. "Spit"   Hudson Price 5:10
8. "Faith Won't Fail"   Hudson, Dickson Price 5:14
9. "Naturally"   Hudson, Faircloff Browning 4:33
10. "When There's Nothing Left"   Hudson Browning 6:45
Total length:

Credits and personnel[edit]

Adapted from Katy Hudson liner notes.[18]


  1. ^ a b Summers, Kimberly Dillon. Katy Perry. p.10
  2. ^ a b c "Katy's bio". katyhudson.com. Archived from the original on March 12, 2001. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Katy Hudson – Katy Hudson". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Breimeier, Russ (January 1, 2001). "Katy Hudson: Katy Hudson". Christianity Today. Christianity Today International. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Growing Pains lyrics (incorrect title)". katyhudson.com. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Argyrakis, Andy (February 6, 2001). "Katy Hudson – a Review of The Phantom Tollbooth". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Katy Hudson". Amazon.com. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ "About Katy Hudson". MTV Artists. Viacom Media Networks. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Katy Hudson". Amazon.com. January 1, 1970. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Online Store". Fut-Inc. Archived from the original on October 12, 2001. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ Martin, David (May 6, 2003). "The Strangely Normal Tour – Phil Joel, Earthsuit, V*Enna & Katy Hudson". Epinions.com. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Katy's tour info". katyhudson.com. Archived from the original on August 16, 2001. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b DEP (June 2, 2001). "Katy Hudson – Katy Hudson". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Cummings, Tony (July 26, 2001). "Katy Hudson – Katy Hudson". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Summers, Kimberly. Katy Perry. p. 10
  16. ^ Cutforth, Dan; Lipsitz, Jane (directors);Perry, Katy (autobiographer) (July 5, 2012). Katy Perry: Part of Me (Motion picture). United States; filmed in studios:Insurge Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Perry Productions et la.: Paramount Pictures. 
  17. ^ Montgomery, James (July 31, 2013). "What's Inside Katy Perry's Prism Truck? We Think We Know.....". MTV. Viacom Media Networks. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  18. ^ a b Katy Hudson (liner notes). Katy Hudson. Red Hill Records. 2001. 

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