“This is the problem with music journalism today … Shabby reporting. No research. No history.”
So maybe you noticed a weird news story that’s been flying through the internet the last few days – that Katy Perry used to be a “backup singer” for the band P.O.D. Just about every music journalism outlet seems to have suddenly rediscovered videos of Katy Perry singing on P.O.D.’s track “Goodbye for Now,” which came out in 2006, just a couple years before “I Kissed a Girl” skyrocketed Perry into mainstream superstardom.
But here’s the problem: P.O.D. says that Perry was never a backup singer at all. Here’s the statement they made on their Facebook page:
This is revisionist history and disrespectful to our girl Katy Perry who was NEVER a backup singer … We invited her to participate on our record as she was and is still is one of the few pop artists with strong musicianship roots … She paid her dues not as a backup singer but in a van going town to town. This is the problem with music journalism today … Shabby reporting. No research. No history.
They also shared this video, basically saying that Perry was one of lots of artists who collaborated on a variety of P.O.D. tracks.
It’s kind of funny that A) the old videos suddenly turned up, and B) that we see artists feeling like they need to explain their past work. Perry came into her own basically side-by-side with the explosion of both YouTube and social media, so we can probably expect to see a lot more stories like this in the years to come. As P.O.D. says, they’ve collaborated with a lot of artists, some better known than others. Despite what singing competition shows might have us believe, most stars don’t spring up out of nowhere.
In case you missed them, here are the videos that feature Perry. First, the music video for “Goodbye for Now”:
And then here’s a video of Perry and P.O.D. performing the same song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: