Perry then wrote the band's huge 1993 hit, "What's Up?," which has been a staple of karaoke nights and one-hit wonder shows for the last 20 years. " ran out and Perry was near broke, she got a call from the then-unknown Pink — and it just so happened that Perry had recently written "Get the Party Started." In the last decade-plus, she's become one of the music industry's most influential rock songwriters and producers, writing songs for everyone from Christina Aguilera, Adam Lambert, and Gwen Stefani to Alicia Keys and KT Tunstall — particularly noteworthy in an industry where female songwriters are common but producers are rare.
They include Christina Aguilera (who had a worldwide hit with Perry's "Beautiful"), Gwen Stefani ("What You Waiting For? Perry began a relationship with Sara Gilbert in 2011.I am drinking filtered water out of a recycled glass bottle, a supply of which is kept by Perry's studio manager Laura Wilson in the refrigerator.Perry's voice is low and matter-of-fact, which sort of belies the fact that Perry is tiny — she can't be more than 5 feet 2 inches in chunky platform clog-boots, and I would be shocked if she weighed more than 95 pounds. And she's like, OK, where's this coming from? And so I did it."To hear her tell it, everything in Perry's life has gone this way — she makes a decision based on a sign, or a feeling, and everything that follows from there brings her success, fame, love, money.Later people named her as "that chick with the big voice" which gave her immense confidence to perform in front of huge audiences.She started to play guitar and used to cover songs while performing at Bay Area clubs and coffeehouses.