Katy Perry made music history last year as the first female artist to produce five Number 1 songs off a single album with 2010’s Teenage Dream. It’s a rare achievement that has only been accomplished by one other artist before now: the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. But who was Katy Perry before she skyrocketed to stardom? Who is the girl behind the famously colorful hair and whimsical costumes? The world is about to find out.
Katy Perry: Part of Me, now playing in 3-D, follows the singer as she heads out on her yearlong, sold-out California Dreams Tour. While we do get to watch her perform hits like “Firework” and “Hot ‘N Cold” onstage, the documentary is far from being a typical concert movie. The audience gets a rare peek at what goes on backstage and the pressures of life on the road. We also get a look inside the singer’s humble beginnings.
Through old home videos and interviews with her family and friends, we learn the depth of Perry’s passion for music starting from a very young age. It’s clear then that she’s a natural-born performer. But success didn’t come overnight. It didn’t come easily at all. Before Perry became the international pop sensation the world knows today, she was a struggling, little-known artist playing at small clubs in Los Angeles, California. When she finally did get a break, it didn’t last long. She was bounced around from record label to record label. It seemed everyone wanted to remake her into someone she wasn’t—the next Avril Lavigne or the next Kelly Clarkson.
But she wasn’t those artists. And she never gives in to the demands to change. It’s an inspiring tale of what can happen when you believe, persevere and stay true to yourself. Bottom line is, if you weren’t a Katy Perry fan before, you will be by the time the film ends. And if you are already a fan, well, you just may find yourself loving her more.
Did You Know?
Perry got her first taste of performing as a young girl in her church choir. She recorded a gospel album as a teen before changing her tune to pop.
Katy Perry: Part of Me is rated PG.