Katy Perry, one of the most successful and iconic modern celebrities, recalls with disdain being raised in a strict, evangelical Christian household.  Perry, whose birth name is Katheryn Hudson, was a talented singer since early childhood. She was on track to become a gospel singer.  In fact, her mother even took Katy to Nashville when she was just thirteen years old to record a gospel album. She hoped to follow in the footsteps of her then-favorite singer, Christian recording artist Amy Grant.

But young Katy soon chose a different path.  In an interview with Vogue, the 32-year-old Perry described what it was like growing up a preacher’s daughter in Santa Barbara, California. “Amy Grant was our Madonna. We knew about Madonna and Marilyn Manson in my family because we picketed their concerts,” Perry said. The magazine reports Perry and her family handed out Christian pamphlets titled, “How to Find God” to the audience members at Manson’s heavy metal concerts, at which she reportedly entered the concert hall with her youth pastor and said the experience inside was  “really interesting and weird—I got it.”  READ MORE