"Trust in Me"
Released: February 6, 2001 (2001-02-06)
Released: June 12, 2001 (2001-06-12)
Katy Hudson is the eponymous Christian rock debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Katy Hudson, who would later adopt the stage name of Katy Perry (Perry is her mother's maiden name). The album was released on March 6, 2001 by Red Hill Records. This would be her only album for the gospel market before she made the switch to mainstream pop music. She wrote or co-wrote all songs on the album.
Prior to the release of the album, Hudson had signed to the independent Christian label Red Hill Records. After the release, Hudson had set up her website with the same name, talking about her album and promoting her album in her way. Hudson supported the album in The Strangely Normal Tour, accompanied by Phil Joel, LaRue, Luna Halo, Earthsuit, and V*Enna. Production and distribution of the album ceased after Red Hill Records folded at the end of 2001. Two singles were released from the album: "Trust in Me", the lead single, on February 6, 2001; and "Search Me", the second single, on June 12, 2001. On initial release the album was a commercial failure, only selling 100 copies. It was released on iTunes on June 1, 2012. It was re-released and removed from iTunes multiple times.
The album received a favorable review from Russ Breimeier of Christianity Today, who applauded her voice and songwriting and called her "a remarkable young talent emerging, a gifted songwriter in her own right who will almost certainly go far in this business".Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic gave it a favorable review, giving it three stars. He complimented her songwriting, mostly comparing it to Alanis Morissette. He also said "Katy Hudson is only instructive as the first act in a prefab pop star's career, to show that she has talent but that she was mismarketed."