Katelyn Tarver

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Katelyn Tarver
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Tarver performing in 2011
Background information
Birth name Katelyn Marie Tarver
Born (1989-11-02) November 2, 1989 (age 26)
Origin Glennville, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Pop, pop rock, indie pop
Occupation(s) Singer, model, actress
Years active 2003–present
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 Mercedes on The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Singing career

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

On June 14, 2011, Tarver independently released her "A Little More Free" EP (produced by Matt Grabe) and was Honor Society's opening act on their June–July 2011 "Wherever You Are" tour.

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

Other projects

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 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.[5]

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

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.[6]



Year Film Role Notes
2003 American Juniors Herself 17 episodes (Top 10) Main Role
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


Year Film Role Notes
2014 Dead On Campus Natalie Kellison Main role



2005 Wonderful Crazy[7]
  • Released: January 1, 2005
  • Label: TC Music
2011 A Little More Free 35 (On iTunes pop albums)

Music videos

  • Mitchel Musso - The In Crowd


  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. ^ "Katelyn Tarver Ties The Knot With Fiance David Blaise". Contactmusic.com. July 28, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Wonderful Crazy by Katelyn Tarver". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 

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