In regards to By The Grace of God being a single, not gonna happen. Much like Not Like the Movies wasn't a single, and much like how I'm Still Breathing wasn't a single.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutly love By The Grace of God, and think it's an amazing song, but no one is A) Going to play it on a popular music station for 1) It's more depressing elements and 2) It's major slowdown compared to other songs such as Roar or Dark Horse. B) Going to want to listen to it on a regular basis (minus katycats) like Roar, Firework etc.
I listen to By the Grace of God on a regular basis, but then again, I probably count as a Katycat. I don't find it depressing, and, to be honest, I feel that people who find it depressing are missing the point of the song. The song is not to make people feel sorry for her for the heartbreak in her life, but rather to show how her relationship with God helped her through her darkest moments and literally saved her life. I find it to be uplifting and inspirational. As for it being a major slowdown: true, but people should learn to appreciate a variety of musical styles.
As for which album is the real Katy, they're all the real Katy. Like it was said previously, they each showcase and are made up of Katy at that particular moment.
Katy Hudson was back when she was really into her faith in terms of hardcore christian or w/e as she grew up with pastors for parents.
OOTB was made up of her own personal writings as she tried to make it big.
Teenage Dream was big on love and more cartoony and fun loving as she was finally in the big light.
PRISM is all about love and self-empowerment and shows the matured side of Katy.
Katy is a textbook case of a good musician. Evolving every step of the way. You always want your second album to be better than the first, and the third better than the second etc. etc.
Very well said.
I stand by my extreme want and desire for a box set or something D:
Assuming they legally can, include Katy Hudson, all three Perry albums, demos of songs, alternate versions of songs, previously unreleased songs, music videos, lil goodies etc.
Or maybe a box set dividing her songs into themes (there was a thread back in October where her songs were grouped into categories), that includes more than just the singles, but not necessarily every song from every album. It would be sort of a middle option for people who want to move beyond the singles and into deeper fare, such as By the Grace of God, but aren't quite ready to buy an entire album of Katy.