Katy Perry Launches Metamorphosis, Her New Joint Venture With Capitol Records

3:05 PM PST 06/17/2014 by Roy Trakin

Her first signing is Ferras, whose self-titled EP was released digitally today, will join her for the North American leg of the Prismatic World Tour, starting June 22.

Katy Perry has gone from pop diva to record label mogul.

The global superstar announced the launch of Metamorphosis Music, her new joint-venture record label with Capitol Records. Her first signing is multidimensional pop singer Ferras, whose self-titled EP was released today on iTunes.  

Katy and Ferras first met in 2007 when both were newly signed artists to Capitol Records. Through the years, their friendship developed, and when Katy was ready to launch Metamorphosis Music, she knew the Jordan-born, L.A.-based singer, songwriter and musician should be her inaugural artist.

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Says Katy about her first signing: "Ferras is a man with a message, and a unique lyrical way of communicating his perspective on life that makes you feel connected to every note when you listen. ‘Speak in Tongues’ is a song with raw emotional power that I wish I wrote. I believe he is going to be an important artist to watch unfold. I am so ecstatic the world gets to hear his music now both online and on tour with me.”

Katy not only duets with Ferras on one song on the EP (the Greg Wells-produced “Legends Never Die”), she also serves as its executive producer. “Her instincts are really on point,” Ferras says. “She is very blunt and doesn’t sugar-coat things, which I appreciate. Also, she gave me the freedom to do what I wanted musically and was a natural partner.”

Ferras’ EP spotlights his soulful vocals and a straightforward, honest lyricism. “I think of every song as having its own world,” Ferras says of the EP’s sound. “I try not to categorize it; it’s a pop record with many different textures, but it's definitely dark in places.”

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The EP’s lead-off track, “Speak in Tongues,” tells a story of being in a relationship “where you lose the physical connection, creating an ocean of distance,” he explains. “It’s about reigniting the spark and rebuilding intimacy rather than resentment.”

Ferras is set to open for Katy on the entire North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour, which kicks off June 22 in Raleigh, N.C., and continues through mid-October. “Being onstage is pure bliss. There’s no greater high than experiencing that exchange of energy,” Ferras says. “I need that charge.”

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