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Katelyn Tarver
Tarver in 2011.jpg
Born (1989-11-02) November 2, 1989 (age 28)
Glennville, Georgia, U.S.
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) David Blaise (m. 2014)
Musical career

Katelyn Tarver (born November 2, 1989[1][2]) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her recurring roles as Jo Taylor on the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush, Natalie on the ABC series No Ordinary Family, and Mercedes on ABC Family The Secret Life of the American Teenager.



Tarver took part in the reality television program American Juniors.[3] 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 album, 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.[4]

On June 14, 2011, Tarver independently released her A Little More Free EP, produced by Matt Grabe. She was Honor Society's opening act on their June–July 2011 "Wherever You Are" tour. Tarver also toured alongside the bands The Cab and Parachute during the summer of 2012. She co-wrote Cheryl Cole's 2014 single "Crazy Stupid Love".

Two new tracks, "Weekend Millionaires" and "Nobody Like You" were released on the streaming platform SoundCloud in 2015.[5][6] "Weekend Millionaires" was re-released on iTunes, Spotify, and other digital retailers on July 28, 2016.[7] Another new track, "What Do We Know Now", was released in October,[8] followed shortly by the BURNS-produced "Hate To Tell You" the following month.[9]

Tarver also released a cover of Jeremih's song "Planez".[10] She was also featured on the Lost Kings track "You", which was released by Spinnin' Records as a single off their EP The Bad.[11]

Tarver's second EP, Tired Eyes, was released on March 10, 2017.[12]


Using motion capture, Tarver acted as the title character in the direct-to-video movie The Barbie Diaries, released in 2006.[13] 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.[14]

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.

From 2010 to 2011, Tarver appeared as Natalie Poston in 5 episodes of the ABC series No Ordinary Family.

Personal life

Tarver married David Blaise on July 19, 2014.[15]


Television roles
Year Film Role Notes
2003 American Juniors Herself Contestant (Top 10), 17 episodes
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, 8 episodes
2014 Dead on Campus Natalie Kellison Television film (Lifetime)
2017 Famous in Love Rachael Davis Recurring role (season 1), 5 episodes[16]
2018 Babysitter's Nightmare Claire Carven Television film (Lifetime)


Extended plays

2011 A Little More Free
2017 Tired Eyes
  • Released: March 10, 2017
  • Label: Duly Noted Records

Music videos

As lead artist
Year Title Director
2016 "Weekend Millionaires" Chuck Willis[17][18]
"Planez" Chuck Willis[17]
2017 "Hate To Tell You" Alejandro Reyes-Knight[19]
"You Don't Know" Chuck Willis[20]
As featured artist
Year Title Artist
2015 "You" Lost Kings[21]


  1. ^ "Katelyn Tarver". Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  2. ^ Happy birthday to the lovely @katelyntarver... (Twitter conversation between Erin Sanders and Katelyn Tarver), November 2, 2011.
  3. ^ Lo Grasso, Sandy, "Katelyn Tarver: American Junior to Idol", StarShine Magazine, November 28, 2005. Archived 2006-07-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Katelyn Tarver Inks Deal", Christian Activities Magazine, November 7, 2005.
  5. ^ Weekend Millionaires by Katelyn Tarver | Free Listening on SoundCloud
  6. ^ Nobody LIke You by Katelyn Tarver | Free Listening on SoundCloud
  7. ^ "Weekend Millionares - Single by Katelyn Tarver on Apple Music"
  8. ^ "What Do We Know Now - Single by Katelyn Tarver on Apple Music"
  9. ^ "Listen: Katelyn Tarver - 'Hate To Tell You'", Clash Music, November 11, 2016.
  10. ^ Katelyn Tarver - Planez (Live Session), YouTube.
  11. ^ "The Bad EP by Lost Kings on Apple Music"
  12. ^ Tired Eyes - EP by Katelyn Tarver on Apple Music
  13. ^ Montague, Joe. "Katelyn Tarver". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved 2006-06-18. 
  14. ^ Tommy2.Net, Daily News, February 8, 2009.
  15. ^ "Katelyn Tarver Ties The Knot With Fiance David Blaise". July 28, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  16. ^ Famous In Love [@FamousinLove_TV] (December 7, 2016). "We can't wait to meet Rachel Davis @katelyntarver She's going to cause drama on #FamousinLove" (Tweet). Retrieved 2017-05-02 – via Twitter. 
  17. ^ a b "Weekend Millionaires - Katelyn Tarver". VEVO. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  18. ^ "Planez (Live Session) - Katelyn Tarver". VEVO. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  19. ^ "Katelyn Tarver - Hate To Tell You". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  20. ^ "Katelyn Tarver - You Don't Know". YouTube. 
  21. ^ Spinnin' Records (January 23, 2016), Lost Kings - You ft. Katelyn Tarver (Official Music Video), retrieved 2016-11-19 

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