‘Born fighter’

Katy Perry pays tribute to late music industry exec who broke the law to help launch singer’s career

Katy Perry with the late Angelica Cob-Baehler. (Instagram)

Angelica Cob-Baehler, 47, a visionary music industry executive who helped produce bands such as Stone Temple Pilots, John Mayer, Jewel, the Offspring and countless others, passed away last week after a long battle with cancer. On Tuesday, pop star Katy Perry took to Instagram to pay tribute to her longtime friend — and to share the story of how Cob-Baehler daried to break the law to help give Perry her big break in the music world, forever altering the course of the young star’s life.

“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,” wrote Perry. “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.”

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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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When Perry and then-Columbia Records vice president Cob-Baehler first met in the mid-2000s, singer was unknown and struggling to convince the label, with which she had a contract, to release her first album. In Perry’s 2012 documentary, Part of Me, Cob-Baehler recalled overhearing “one of the heads of the record company saying, ‘You know, we really can’t drop her, because she’ll probably sign somewhere else and become a big star, and we just can’t have that.’”

“I cared about her too much as a person to think that somebody could just crush this girl’s life, just crush her dreams for their own ego,” Cob-Baehler explained. “I just remember thinking, ‘I can’t work here anymore. They’re not going to do anything with her. Let’s see. Let’s see if we can get her over to Capitol.’ So I stole all the Katy files. I just grabbed them and I put them under my arm, and I just snuck out.”

Cob-Baehler took Perry’s album to Jason Flom, the chairman of Capitol Records, who eventually released the superstar’s breakthrough first album, One of the Boys. Cob-Baehler and Perry subsequently became lifelong friends, and the young singer embarked on a path that would lead her to superstardom.

“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,” wrote Perry. “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.”

Cob-Baehler is survived by her two young daughters and her husband, photographer Chapman Baehler.

Read the full story at Yahoo News.

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