I first heard today's guest sing in the early 2000s in Toronto. Back then, she was Allie Hughes â€” a theater kid known for her mammoth vocal range and quirky, original songs. Then, a few years ago, I heard her sing again â€” only this time, she was "Allie X" and millions upon millions of Katy Perry fans were hearing her too, thanks to Perry's emoji-laden 2014 tweet: "Currently I'm obsessed with this song CATCH by Allie X. SPRING JAM!"
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