Katelyn Tarver

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Katelyn Tarver
Katelyn Tarver.jpg
Katelyn Tarver
Background information
Birth name Katelyn Marie Tarver
Born (1989-11-02) November 2, 1989 (age 24)
Origin Glennville, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Pop, pop rock, indie pop
Occupations Singer, model, actress
Years active 2003–present (singer/model)
2010–present (actress)
Labels TC Music, Jonas Records

Katelyn Marie Tarver (born November 2, 1989)[1] 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.

Singing career[edit]

Tarver took part in the only season of the reality television program American Juniors.[2] 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.[3]

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.

In the summer of 2012, Tarver toured alongside the bands The Cab and Parachute.

Other projects[edit]

Using motion capture Tarver acted as the title character in the direct-to-video movie The Barbie Diaries, released in 2006.[4] 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.[5]

Big Time Rush[edit]

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[edit]

From 2010 to 2011, Tarver had a recurring role as Natalie Poston on the ABC series No Ordinary Family, she appeared in five episodes.


Year Film Role Notes
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, 34 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



2005 Wonderful Crazy[6]
  • Released: January 1, 2005
  • Label: TC Music
Chart details not known
2011 A Little More Free 35 (On iTunes pop albums)


2005 "I'll Make It Real" Wonderful Crazy
2006 "Wonderful Crazy"
2011 "It's Good" A Little More Free
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not released


  1. ^ Happy birthday to the lovely @katelyntarver... (Twitter conversation between Erin Sanders and Katelyn Tarver), dated November 2, 2011.
  2. ^ Lo Grasso, Sandy, "Katelyn Tarver: American Junior to Idol", StarShine Magazine, November 28, 2005.
  3. ^ "Katelyn Tarver Inks Deal", Christian Activities Magazine, November 7, 2005.
  4. ^ Montague, Joe. "Katelyn Tarver". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved 2006-06-18. 
  5. ^ Tommy2.Net, Daily News, February 8, 2009.
  6. ^ "Wonderful Crazy by Katelyn Tarver". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 

External links[edit]