Katy Perry Honors Late Exec Angelica Cob-Baehler, One of Her 'Biggest Champions and Realest Friends'

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Katy Perry attends the amfAR Gala Los Angeles 2018 at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 18, 2018 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Cob-Baehler played a pivotal role in the singer's career, bringing her to Columbia Records and helping developing her into a star.

Katy Perry posted a tribute to late music executive Angelica Cob-Baehler on Tuesday (Nov. 27), calling her former collaborator "one of my biggest champions and realest friends."  

Cob-Baehler died on Nov. 21 at the age of 47, following a year-long battle with cancer. She was instrumental in discovering and developing acts -- most notably Perry -- and over her 25-year career worked with artists including Stone Temple Pilots, John Mayer, Death Grips, System of a Down and 30 Seconds to Mars.

"Six days ago, one of my biggest champions and realest friends, Angelica Cob-Baehler moved on from this place. She was one of the strongest women I have ever known - fighting her cancer like friggin' Rocky, enduring chemo, immunotherapy, a tracheotomy, feeding tubes for months on end, and experimental cancer treatment trials," Perry wrote in her post, including number of photos of her and Cob-Baehler together. "I watched her go through many stages for over a year, but a few things remained constant: her sarcastic/wicked sense of humor, her positive outlook, and the incredible love she had for her family."

Perry went on, remembering the many wins the two shared together over more than a decade, starting when they met while Cob-Baehler was a vp at Columbia Records. Perry was signed to the label recorded a still-unreleased album and when Cob-Baehler moved to Virgin Records in 2005, she began an ultimately successful campaign to bring Perry to Capitol Records, following Virgin's merger into the EMI Music Group.

In Perry's post, she included a video of Cob-Baehler talking about this time, detailing how Perry was going nowhere with Columbia, so she "stole all the Katy files, I just grabbed them and put them under my arm and I just snuck out." She brought them to then-Virgin Records chairman Jason Flom, who eventually signed Perry to Capitol Records.

From there, Cob-Baehler played a large role in the A&R and creative direction of Perry's 2008 breakthrough album, One of the Boys, as well as the follow-up, Teenage Dream. They remained close until Cob-Baehler's death.

"I am incredibly grateful she was a born fighter/no shit-taker because she practically willed me into existence as a young artist when she 'stole my files' from limbo at Columbia Records and brought them to life at Capitol Records," Perry continued. "She was like a big sister to me, showing me the ropes and always having my back. She never became a yes-person and was quick to check me when I needed checking - that was family."

Perry went on to praise Cob-Baehler's husband, Chapman Baehler, for his support throughout the past year and promised she would make sure Cob-Baehler's two young daughters always remember "that Angelica embodied the angel in her name, was a woman of incredible integrity and character, a massive giver, and a DOPE human being."

She also encouraged her fans and friends to honor Cob-Baehler's memory by donating to her favorite charity, Generosity.org.

"She may be gone from this place, but she will never be forgotten," Perry concluded. "Rest in power, my angel, and don't worry, we got Chapman and the girls."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Six days ago, one of my biggest champions and realest friends, Angelica Cob-Baehler moved on from this place. She was one of the strongest women I have ever known - fighting her cancer like friggin’ Rocky, enduring chemo, immunotherapy, a tracheotomy, feeding tubes for months on end, and experimental cancer treatment trials. I watched her go through many stages for over a year, but a few things remained constant: her sarcastic/wicked sense of humor, her positive outlook, and the incredible love she had for her family. We had a lot of wins together for over 10 years, and I am incredibly grateful she was a born fighter/no shit-taker because she practically willed me into existence as a young artist when she “stole my files” from limbo at Columbia Records and brought them to life at Capitol Records. She was like a big sister to me, showing me the ropes and always having my back. She never became a yes-person and was quick to check me when I needed checking - that was family. I have procrastinated posting this because it makes it feel a little too final, but I don’t believe people ever really die - she just had to leave that body behind. Out of body, and full of spirit now. Sadly, she also left behind two amazing young girls, and an incredible husband who was the definition of ROCK through this whole process. As for me, I’ll never let them forget that Angelica embodied the angel in her name, was a woman of incredible integrity and character, a massive giver, and a DOPE human being. I know today is #GivingTuesday, and if you have been a longtime KatyCat and a friend of mine or Geli’s, let’s honor her by donating to her favorite charity, Generosity.org by clicking the link in bio. She may be gone from this place, but she will never be forgotten. Rest in power, my angel, and don’t worry, we got Chapman and the girls. #RIPGeli

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