|Birth name||Katelyn Marie Tarver|
|Born||November 2, 1989|
|Origin||Glennville, Georgia, U.S.|
|Genres||Pop, pop rock, indie pop|
|Occupations||Singer, model, actress|
|Years active||2003–present (singer/model)
|Labels||TC Music, Jonas Records|
Katelyn Marie Tarver (born November 2, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She is also known for her recurring roles as Jo Taylor on Big Time Rush, Natalie on No Ordinary Family and as Mercedes on The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Tarver took part in the only season of the reality television program American Juniors. Competing against thousands of others who auditioned for the show, she succeeded in making it to the finals (top ten), but did not win a spot on the five member band.
Her debut "Wonderful Crazy" featured songs written and produced by Mattias Gustafsson (Backstreet Boys) and Kevin Savigar (Josh Gracin, Rod Stewart), as well as Christian recording artist Scott Krippayne who wrote the title track.
On June 14, 2011, Tarver released her EP "A Little More Free" (produced by Matt Grabe) independently and began a tour with Honor Society as an opening act on the "Wherever You Are Tour" from June–July 2011.
Using motion capture Tarver acted as the title character in the direct-to-video movie The Barbie Diaries, released in 2006. Sensors recorded her movement, so her movements would control the movement of the animated figure of Mattel's Barbie.
She also starred played the lead role in Mitchel Musso's single The In-Crowd and is featured on the duet "Us Against The World" on Mitchel Musso's album. This opportunity came as she was in the studio working on a track entitled Fastlane when Mitchel came early to his session. When it was Mitchel's turn to record he finished the song and his dad Sam suggested trying it as a duet and since Katelyn was there, she was the obvious choice.
Big Time Rush
On January 29, 2010, she made her acting debut on Big Time Rush as Jo Taylor, a girl which the boys have a crush on. Her debut episode was "Big Time Love Song" which aired on February 5, 2010. She began to have feelings for Kendall Knight (Kendall Schmidt) and after a while, they started dating. But everything had changed since the worldwide tour started: Jo became a television star and Kendall is a pop star. On the episode "Big Time Break-Up" which aired on June 25, 2011, she lands a role in a movie overseas in New Zealand and won't be able to see Kendall for three years. She returned in the third season via the episode "Big Time Surprise", which aired on September 22, 2012.
No Ordinary Family
|2003||American Juniors||Herself||17 episodes (Top 10) Main Role|
|2007||The In Crowd||Lead role||Mitchel Musso music video|
|2010–2013||Big Time Rush||Jo Taylor||Recurring role, 29+ episodes|
|2010–2011||No Ordinary Family||Natalie Poston||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2012||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Mercedes||Recurring role|
|2013||Viva La Vida En Chile||Herself||Principal role|
||Chart details not known|
|2011||A Little More Free
||35 (On iTunes pop albums)|
|2005||"I'll Make It Real"||—||Wonderful Crazy|
|2011||"It's Good"||—||A Little More Free|
|"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not released|
- Happy birthday to the lovely @katelyntarver... (Twitter conversation between Erin Sanders and Katelyn Tarver), dated November 2, 2011.
- Lo Grasso, Sandy, "Katelyn Tarver: American Junior to Idol", StarShine Magazine, November 28, 2005.
- "Katelyn Tarver Inks Deal", Christian Activities Magazine, November 7, 2005.
- Montague, Joe. "Katelyn Tarver". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved 2006-06-18.
- Tommy2.Net, Daily News, February 8, 2009.
- "Wonderful Crazy by Katelyn Tarver". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
- Katelyn Tarver at the Internet Movie Database
- Katelyn Tarver at Allmusic
- Profile of Katelyn Tarver by Radio Disney for the incubaTor
- Profile of Katelyn Tarver by WRAJ radio
- Feeling the Vibe's Interview with Katelyn Tarver