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Katy Hudson
Katy Hudson album.jpg
Studio album by Katy Hudson
Released February 8, 2001 (2001-02-08)
Studio
  • The Velvet Elvis-Nashville, Tennessee (2–6, 9, 10)
  • House of Tom-Cool Springs, Tennessee (2, 3)
  • Sound Kitchen-Cool Springs, Tennessee (3–6, 9, 10)
  • Kong's Cage-Franklin, Tennessee (4–6, 9, 10)
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)
One of the Boys
(2008)One of the Boys2008

Katy Hudson is the eponymous debut studio album by American singer Katy Hudson, who subsequently adopted the stage name Katy Perry. It primarily incorporates Christian rock and contemporary Christian music elements with lyrical themes of childhood, adolescence and Hudson's faith in God. It was released on February 8, 2001 by Red Hill Records which went bankrupt before it could do any marketing, subsequently the album sold fewer than 200 copies and received mixed reviews.[1]

Composition[edit]

Katy Hudson saw Hudson exploring Christian rock and contemporary Christian music (CCM).[2] 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".[3]

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".[3] "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.[2] 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.

"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 eschewing bubblegum pop and evoking Christian pop songstresses Rachel Lampa and Jaci Velasquez.[6]

Promotion[edit]

To promote the album, Hudson went on a tour, the Strangely Normal Tour, with Phil Joel, Earthsuit, and V*Enna[7] and later embarked on 46 solo performances throughout the United States.[8]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
BillboardPositive[9]
Christianity TodayPositive[4]
Cross Rhythms9/10 stars[10]
The Phantom Tollbooth3/5 stars[6]

Katy Hudson was released on February 8, 2001. Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic awarded the record three stars out of five, stating that with the album, Hudson had "betray[ed] a heavy, heavy debt to Alanis Morissette". Erlewine described 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".[2]

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.[10] 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".[9] The album was a commercial failure for bankrupted Red Hill Records, only selling between 100 and 200 copies.[11]

Musical change[edit]

Katy Hudson is the only Christian music-influenced album by Hudson, who subsequently adopted Katy Perry as her stage name.[12] After her popularity increased, previously sold copies of Katy Hudson have become a sought-after item amongst her fans.[13]

Track listing[edit]

Credits extracted from Katy Hudson liner notes.[14]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Trust in Me"Katy HudsonOtto Price4:46
2."Piercing"Hudson, Brian WhiteCollier4:06
3."Search Me"HudsonCollier5:00
4."Last Call"HudsonDavid Browning3:07
5."Growing Pains"HudsonBrowning4:05
6."My Own Monster"HudsonBrowning5:25
7."Spit"HudsonPrice5:10
8."Faith Won't Fail"Hudson, DicksonPrice5:14
9."Naturally"HudsonBrowning4:33
10."When There's Nothing Left"HudsonBrowning6:45
Total length:48:11

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from Katy Hudson liner notes.[14]

  • Katy Hudson – lead vocals (1–10)
  • Mark Stuart – background vocals (1)
  • Otto Priceproduction (1, 7, 8), synthesizers (1, 7, 8), bass (1, 4–10), programming (1, 7, 8)
  • Tommy Collier – production (2, 3), acoustic guitar (1), engineering (2, 3)
  • Scott Faircloff – keyboards (3)
  • David Browning – production (4–6, 9, 10), engineering (4–6, 9), keyboards and programming (4–6, 9, 10), B-3 (7), piano (8)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Summers, Kimberly Dillon. "Katy Perry: A Biography". Greenwood Biographies. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Katy Hudson – Katy Hudson". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Katy's bio". katyhudson.com. Archived from the original on March 12, 2001. Retrieved December 26, 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. Archived from the original on March 12, 2001. 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. ^ Martin, David (May 6, 2003). "The Strangely Normal Tour – Phil Joel, Earthsuit, V*Enna & Katy Hudson". Epinions.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Katy's tour info". katyhudson.com. Archived from the original on August 16, 2001. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b DEP (June 2, 2001). "Katy Hudson – Katy Hudson". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Cummings, Tony (July 26, 2001). "Katy Hudson – Katy Hudson". Cross Rhythms. Cornerstone House. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ Summers, Kimberly Dillon. "Katy Perry: A Biography". Greenwood Biographies. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ Summers, Kimberly Dillon. "Katy Perry: A Biography". Greenwood Biographies. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Katy Hudson (liner notes). Katy Hudson. Red Hill Records. 2001. 

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