Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and television judge. She is known for influencing the pop music of the 2010s decade. Pursuing a career in gospel music at age 16, Perry released her commercially unsuccessful debut album, Katy Hudson (2001), under Red Hill Records. She moved to Los Angeles to create secular music, and later adopted the stage name "Katy Perry" from her mother's maiden name. After being dropped by Columbia Records, Perry signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in April 2007.