The Matrix is the self-titled debut album by the production group The Matrix during the time Katy Perry was serving as lead female vocalist. It was released on iTunes on January 27, 2009 as well as on audio CD. The album featured music written and produced by the group with vocals by Perry and British singer, Adam Longlands.
The album was recorded in 2004, when Katy Perry was 20 years old and signed with Columbia Records. In the October 2004 issue of Blender magazine, they named Perry "The Next Big Thing!". The Matrix worked with the vocalist who contributed to the writing of the music and the lyrics for the songs. Despite the buzz about the album, The Matrix decided to cancel the album weeks before the album's due date. "Broken" was set to be the first single. In 2009 after the success of Perry's debut solo album, One of the Boys, The Matrix decided to release the album under their own record label, Let's Hear It Records.
"What Do You Do" is a song that The Matrix recorded in 2003, but gave to their sister act, The Troys. The new version features lyrical changes. It was released by Elektra as a promotional single for an album that was eventually shelved, but was later included in the compilation album, The Powerpuff Girls: Power Pop. Sara Paxton recorded "Take a Walk" in 2005 for the Darcy's Wild Life Soundtrack. In 2006, "Live Again Before I Die", appeared as a bonus track for Ashley Parker Angel's debut album, Soundtrack to Your Life. Parker rewrote the majority of the song. In 2007, a song from Skye Sweetnam's Sound Soldier album, titled Boyhunter, which was produced by The Matrix was posted online. The song uses a slightly reworked version of the instrumentation from "Damn". Ashley Tisdale recorded "Love Is Train" for her second album, Guilty Pleasure, which was released as "Time's Up", a bonus track of the album.
- "Do You Miss Me" (feat. Katy Perry and Adam Longlands)
- "Broken" (feat. Katy Perry and Adam Longlands)
- "Damn" (feat. Katy Perry)
- "Take a Walk" (feat. Adam Longlands and Katy Perry)
- "Just a Song" (feat. Katy Perry)
- "I Love You" (feat. Adam Longlands)
- "Live Before I Die" (feat. Adam Longlands)
- "Would You Care" (feat. Katy Perry)
- "Seen That Done That" (feat. Adam Longlands)
- "Stay" (feat. Adam Longlands and Katy Perry)