|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 Mercedes on The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Tarver took part in the reality television program American Juniors. Competing against thousands of others who auditioned for the show, she reached the top 10 but didn't win a spot on the 5-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.
Using motion capture, Tarver acted as the title character in the direct-to-video movie The Barbie Diaries, released in 2006. Sensors recorded her movements so they could control the movements of the animated Mattel's Barbie figure.
She also appeared in the video for Mitchel Musso's single "The In-Crowd" and duetted with him on "Us Against The World". He had arrived early to his recording session as she was in the studio working on her track "Fastlane"; when it was Mitchel's turn, his father Sam suggested trying it as a duet with Katelyn.
Big Time Rush
On January 29, 2010, she made her acting debut on Big Time Rush as Jo Taylor, a girl the boys admire. Her debut episode was "Big Time Love Song" which aired on February 5, 2010. She developed feelings for Kendall Knight (Kendall Schmidt) and they started dating. But the world tour changed everything: Jo became a television star and Kendall became a pop star. On "Big Time Break-Up" which aired on June 25, 2011, she landed a role in a movie in New Zealand which would keep her and Kendall apart for 3 years. She returned in season 3's 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, 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|
||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