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KATY PERRY

Katy Perry was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She started singing at an early age in her parents’ ministry in their church between the ages of 9 and 17. She grew up listening to gospel music, was not allowed to listen to what her mother called “secular music”, and attended Christian schools and camps. She also learned to dance when she was young. She got her GED and after that decided to leave school to pursue a music career. Katy says she started singing “because [she] was at that point in [her] childhood where [she] was copycatting [her] sister and everything she [would do]. She would take her sister’s cassette tapes and rehearse the music and perform in front of her parents and they suggested she take vocal coaching. She took their advice and took lessons from the age of 9 until she was 16.

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VANILLA ICE

Vanilla Ice was born Robert Matthew Van Winkle on Halloween Day, October 31, 1967. Hip hop had an inpact on Vanilla Ice at an early age, saying, “It’s a very big passion of mine because I love poetry. I was just heavily influenced by that whole movement and it’s molded me into who I am today.” Between the ages of 13 and 14, Vanilla Ice practiced breakdancing, which led to his friends nicknaming him “Vanilla”, because he was the only one in the group that wasn’t African American. Although he disliked the nickname, it stuck. Shortly afterward, he started battle rapping at parties and because of his rhymes, his friends started calling him “MC Vanilla”, however when he became a member of a breakdance troupe, his stage name was “Vanilla Ice” combining his nickname “Vanilla” with one of his breakdance moves, the “Ice”. When he was 16 years old he wrote “Ice Ice Baby” basing its lyrics on a weekend he had with friend and band member D-Shay in South Florida. The lyrics describe a drive-by shooting and praise Vanilla Ice’s rhyming skills.

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PAULA ABDUL

PAULA ABDUL

I have always loved and admired Paula Abdul, she is such an inspiration! I saw her many years ago in concert at Saratoga Springs, New York. That gal put on one heck of a great show. She has more energy than anyone I know! She performed that night for nearly 2 hours and never did she stop moving while she was singing! And the many outfits she changed into that night, WoW! All I can say is she is so sweet and gracious, she projects that positive energy out into the world and has touched so many…  Here is a little blog I did on her, I hope you enjoy…

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