Perry was born in Santa Barbara, California, USA. The middle child of two pastors, she grew up listening to gospel music and singing in church. In her teenage years, Perry found a Queen record, "and the heavens opened and saved me. From then on, they have been my biggest influence," she said. In an article for Blender Magazine, Perry stated she wasn't "a typical Christian", mentioning that she had done a "lot of bad things" during her adolescence. Among her musical influences are Queen, The Beach Boys, Heart, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Alanis Morissette.