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Christina Perri's Turn of Fate

Published: Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Updated: Thursday, July 21, 2011 11:07

Christina Perri

Lani Lee

Christina Perri released her debut album 'lovestrong.' in May.

But that doesn't mean that pursuing her dream while in one of the toughest town for showbiz was necessarily easy – sometimes the only thing keeping her there were the palm tress. 

"I would wake up sad, scared and homesick every morning, forget why I moved to L.A., decide to move back to Philly and then walk outside, see a palm tree, smile and stay one more day," she said, adding more seriously that just never got the feeling she was finished trying.

Last week, Perri, who has 41 tattoos, got the word "powerless" on the inside of her middle finger as a reminder that she can't control everything that happens in her life. 

"I think it's always hard to stick with following your dream because until it comes true you're really only doing everything but your dream, or you're running out of ways to find your dream, or other people don't believe you can achieve your dream," she said. "I think the thing that truly separates the boys from the men, as they say, are the people who stick it out, don't give up, and make it to the top of their dream." 

Perri is a confident girl and said she loves that her success came from people falling in love with her song and not the way she looked.

"Because of that, I can wake up everyday and be me," she said. "Sing like me, dress like me and feel proud and supported in 100 percent my own skin and music. I can't really believe it some days how amazing that feels."   

Although she's positive, a lot of her songs are about heartache and break. It seems the world is filling with more love songs every day, but Perri said it's something that will never get old. 

"In my opinion, love songs will never get old," she said. "They can't. It's the strongest emotion in the world, and unless love dies, then love songs will prevail and I'll continue sitting in my bedroom writing them."

Christina Perri,  Martini Ranch, 7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480.970.0500, Sunday, July 17, 8 p.m., $15

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