Maher performing at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in 2009
|Birth name||Kaitlyn Ashley Maher|
|Born||January 10, 2004|
|Origin||Novi, Michigan, U.S.|
|Occupation(s)||Child singer, actress|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, guitar|
|Years active||2008–present (singer)|
Kaitlyn Ashley Maher (born January 10, 2004) is an American teen singer and actress born in Michigan, and raised in Ashburn, Virginia. In 2008, at the age of 4, she appeared on the third season of America's Got Talent and for her audition sang "Somewhere Out There". She reached the top 10 of AGT season 3, and was the youngest person to ever reach that level. Maher has since appeared live at The Great Kids Expo in Chantilly, Virginia, on October 25, 2008, a live broadcast of the 2008 lighting of the National Christmas Tree, on December 4, 2008, attended by President George W. Bush and over 7,000 guests, and the 2009 Cherry Blossom Festival on April 11, 2009. On October 3, 2009, Maher was the opening act of The Addi and Cassi Hempel Fund benefit. Maher has appeared in a Harris Teeter commercial airing during December 2008. She was also selected by Compassion International as its first ever Child Ambassador, visited children in El Salvador with Compassion, got to meet her sponsored child, and shot a music video to her title song "You Were Meant to Be."
Maher signed a recording deal late in 2009 with Indie Extreme for the release of her debut album You Were Meant To Be. The album was released December 15, 2009. Kaitlyn appeared in the Disney direct to video movie Santa Buddies as the voice for the character, Tiny, which was released on November 24, 2009. Maher played the orphan Quinn in The Search for Santa Paws released as a direct to video on November 23, 2010 which had its television premiere on the Disney Channel in December 2011. She played Sarah Reynolds in the sequel titled Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups released on November 20, 2012.
America's Got Talent
Maher began her career on the third season of the American television reality show America's Got Talent, when she reached the top ten. Producers from the show first became aware of Maher from a video that was uploaded to the popular video sharing website YouTube. The video had been made after she had been asked to sing at a birthday party for one of her relations in Canada. The video was posted because Alison Maher was pregnant with her second child and they could not travel to Canada. Five months after the video had been made, around Maher's fourth birthday; Maher's parents received an e-mail from NBC's America's Got Talent asking if Maher would be able to audition for the show's third season.
|Week||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Performance order||Result|
|Audition||N/A||"Somewhere Out There"||James Horner||N/A||Advanced|
|Vegas Verdicts||Child performers||"When You Wish Upon a Star"||Cliff Edwards||2||Advanced|
|Semifinals||"What a Wonderful World"||Louis Armstrong||4||Advanced|
|Heroes||"Beauty and the Beast"||Beauty and the Beast||7||Advanced|
|Top 10||N/A||"I'll Be There"||The Jackson 5||2||Eliminated|
The Goodwin Games
You Were Meant to Be (2009, Universal Music; 11 tracks, 39 minutes)
|2009||Santa Buddies||Tiny (voice)|
|2010||The Search for Santa Paws||Quinn|
|2012||Treasure Buddies||Cammy (voice)|
|Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups||Sarah Reynolds|
|A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise||Ella (voice)|
|2013||The Goodwin Games||Piper Goodwin|
|Free Birds||President's daughter (voice)|
|2015||Russell Madness||Grace (voice)|
|2016||Mack & Moxy||Trooper Kaitlyn (voice)|
|2016||Pup Star||Tiny (voice)|
|2017||Pup Star: Better 2gether||Tiny & Scrappy (voice)|
|2017||Puppy Star Christmas||Tiny (voice)|
- Kaitlyn Maher; You Were Meant to Be allmusic.com Retrieved May 7, 2013.
- You Were Meant to Be (CD - Universal Music #77128) allmusic.com Retrieved May 13, 2013.
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- Cheney, Catherine (September 2, 2009). "Singer's Only 5, But Career Hits The High Notes". The Washington Post.
- Hempel, Chris (July 30, 2009). "Kids Helping Kids: 5-year old Singing Sensation Kaitlyn Maher To Perform".
- Garman, Erica (December 4, 2008). "Ashburn's Kaitlyn Maher to Sing at National Christmas Tree Lighting(includes Harris Teeter commercial)". LoudounExtra/The Washington Post.
- "Indie Extreme Signs 5 Year Old Singing Sensation, Kaitlyn Maher". News. BREATHEcast. December 4, 2009. Retrieved December 15, 2009.[dead link]
- Kaitlyn Maher; You Were Meant To Be Amazon.com
- "Kaitlyn Maher - Disney's Next Star". Disney Dreaming. 2009. Retrieved December 15, 2009.
- "Twelve Things You Didn't Know About Kaitlyn Maher". KOL: Movies and TV. AOL. 2009. Retrieved December 15, 2009.
- "The Search for Santa Paws". Disney Movies. Archived from the original on March 8, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
- "Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups". Disney Movies. Archived from the original on April 7, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
- youtube Retrieved January 1, 2012.
-  imdb.com Retrieved June 29, 2013.
- imdb.comRetrieved December 11, 2014.
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