Taryn Southern

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Taryn Southern
Taryn Southern Streamys 2010.jpg
Taryn Southern Streamy Awards 2010
Born (1986-07-16) July 16, 1986 (age 32)
OccupationActress, singer, model, writer, producer
Years active2004–present
Modeling information
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorHazel

Taryn Southern (born July 16, 1986) is an American singer-songwriter, artist, digital personality, director, and writer. She was part of American Idol season three's Top 50, but first gained national attention with her video Hot4Hill during the 2008 Presidential race. She went on to host and executive produce DirecTV's first original series, Project My World before landing other jobs in the entertainment industry. In April 2019, Taryn co-directed and produced her first full-length sci-fi documentary, I AM HUMANwith Elena Gaby, which explores the co-evolution of human and technology. I AM HUMAN debuts at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in New York with its worldwide premiere.

Early life[edit]

Southern grew up in Wichita, Kansas and landed her first starring role in a pre-Broadway theatrical production at the age of 10.[1] As a teenager, she co-hosted a regional talk show for WB Kansas that discussed teen issues.[2] She graduated from Wichita East High School in 2003.[3]

At 20, Southern graduated from the University of Miami, earning a B.S. in Anthropology and a B.A. in Journalism. While in school she competed in American Idol and received a grant to travel to Peru to study the shamanic use of ayahuasca among rainforest communities.[4]


In 2004, at 17, she appeared on third season of American Idol, making it to Hollywood week and the Top 50.[5]

She produced a travel show, Project MyWorld, for DirecTV, which followed her and two friends as they traveled the world and met their MySpace friends.[6]

On July 2, 2007, she released a YouTube video called Hott4Hill in support of the first failed presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton. The video, which she wrote and performed as a satire of the Obama Girl video, shows her singing and dancing in a suggestive manner about her personal admiration of Clinton and how much she would like to see Clinton win the election.[7] That same year, Southern starred in the first WB online series, Sorority Forever, alongside best friend and lonelygirl15 star Jessica Rose.[8]

In November 2008, Southern and Jessica Rose launched Webutantes, a new media studio.[9] Also in 2008, Southern wrote/produced her first comedic musical web series, Private High Musical, which was released across various media platforms, and which was later sold to MTV as a half-hour comedy pilot, with David Zuckerman (Family Guy) as co-writer/executive producer.[10]

In 2010, she had a recurring role in the 5th season of the CBS comedy series Rules of Engagement, as well as a part in the movie Battle: Los Angeles as a reporter.

Also in 2010, she released her 2012 comedy album, which reached #20 on the iTunes comedy chart.[11] Since then, Southern has released more than 30 different songs and covers as well as an 80's inspired album, Flashback Friday.

In the fall of 2011, Southern hosted the pre-show for the US version of The X Factor.[12] She also provided voice over for the character Judy on the Fred animated series on YouTube.

In 2012, she appeared as a guest star on New Girl, American Dad!, The League, and Guys with Kids.[13] Southern also launched her YouTube channel in 2012 by releasing one video per week. As of 2015, she has more than 400,000 subscribers.

During Shark Week 2013 on Discovery Channel, Southern was the social media co-host on Shark After Dark Live, which earned the #1 ratings spot in their time slot all week.[14]

In 2013, she released the song “Crush”, which made it to the Top 100 in radio play in August.[15]

In 2014, Southern's YouTube Channel was listed on New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels, ranked at #52.[16]

Southern began hosting the 2000s and Today Countdown on The Pulse in May 2015. She also debuted a series with Marriott that was later renewed for a second season.[17][18] In 2015, Maker Studios also announced that they would be launching a late night talk show with Southern as the host.[19] The series was an exploration of internet culture and featured guests ranging from celebrity/science enthusiast Seth MacFarlane and #1 Vine Star "King Bach" to psychedelic advocate Zach Leary and activist musician Kate Nash.[20]

In 2017 Taryn began work on her album titled I AM AI, where the backing music was generated using Amper - an open source product which allows users to create music based on user generated inputs. .[21][22]

She released the first single from I AM AI called Break Free in August 2017 about a woman who wants to break free of biological limitations. Break free features backing music generated using Amper.[23]

At the end of 2017, Taryn released a song token using blockchain technology that enables hundreds of potential collaborators to split backend royalties on sales and streams of the track.[24]

Taryn released the second single off the album Life Support in February 2018. The music video for "Life Support" was created and released in 360 virtual reality after Southern received a grant from the Youtube VR Creator Lab.[25][26]

Personal life[edit]

On March 17, 2018, she became engaged to her boyfriend Bryan Johnson.[27]



Year Title Role Notes
2006–2007 Project My World Taryn Nine episode documentary
2007 Hot 4 Hill Hot4Hill Digital short featured on Fox, CNN, MSNBC and other news outlets
2007–2008 The Heavy Show Various characters
2008 Senior Skip Day Isha movie
2008 Sorority Forever Taryn Monaghan 31 episodes
2008 Private High Musical Sandra Smith In addition to starring also wrote and produced
2009 Single Black Female Jennifer movie
2009 Woke Up Dead Debbie
2010 The Frankenstein Brothers Joy movie
2010 Pound of Flesh Dyonesia Cosa movie
2010 Rules of Engagement Allison 4 episodes
2010 BlackBoxTV Presents Jamie Phillips Episode: Leave Me Alone!
2010 The Temp Life Nancy Roder 8 episodes
2010 The Webventures of Justin and Alden Vampire 1 episode
2010 Battle Los Angeles Reporter on beach movie
2011 ElfQuest: A Fan Imagining Timmain Digital short
2012 New Girl Megan Guest appearance in Season 2, Episode 3 "Fluffer"
2012 Guys with Kids Erica Guest appearance in Season 1, Episode 12 "Marny's Dad"
2014 Last Man Standing Rachel Guest appearance in Season 3, Episode 15 "Tasers"
2015 Princess Rap Battle Effie Digital short guest appearance in Season 1, Episode 6 "Katniss vs. Hermione"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
2009 "Wrong Hole"[28] Featuring Scott Baio
2010 "Keep It In Your Pants (The Boner Song)"[29] Bob McKeon
2011 "Chick With a Remarkable Vagina"[30] Kyle Morrison
"Coffee Makes Me Poo"[31] Taryn Southern
"Touch Your Boobies (I Touch Mine)"[32] Taryn Southern Donation drive for Susan G. Komen
"Where Is My Goat?"[33] Michael Livingston
2012 "Cuz We The X-Factor Digital"[34] Marc Scarpa Promoting X-Factor pre-shows
"I Think I Farted"[35] Jackson Adams
Epic rap battle of manliness" "Guys - They Just Wanna Bang You"[36] Taryn Southern
"Wrong Hole (The Untold Story)"[37] Michael Alan Hoy Featuring Dennis Haskins
"Just Google That Shit"[38] Jackson Adams
"Single Girls"[39] Taryn Southern
Jarrett McGovern
Justin Safaei
"Bad Sex"[40] Brad Etter
2013 "Really Blurred Lines" With Julia Price
"Crush"[41] Taryn Southern Featuring Chester See
"The Fox - What the Fox Didn't Say"[42]
"Royals Cover" Derrel D'Itri With Julia Price
2014 "Everyone Pees in the Ocean"[43] Brad Etter


  • On My Face (2012)
  • Flashback Friday (2015)
  • I AM AI (2018)


  1. ^ Trussel, Robert (December 1995). Could 'Jane Eyre' actors be Broadway bound?, Kansas City Star ("10 year old Jane Eyre played by Taryn Southern")
  2. ^ "'Rules' Lands Wichitan a Shot at Lasting Fame". October 31, 2010.
  3. ^ (15 April 2003). CHANNEL 33 LAUNCHES A LOCAL FORUM FOR TEENAGERS TONIGHT, Wichita Eagle ("As teen cohost Taryn Southern a senior at Wichita East High says at the end of tonight's first show...")
  4. ^ Draw My Life. Taryn Southern. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  5. ^ Ottawa Citizen (July 14, 2007). "Lusty Online Ode Amuses, Enrages Viewers". Retrieved September 10, 2008.
  6. ^ DirecTV's New Original Series. September 26, 2006. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  7. ^ Hott 4 Hill counters Obama Girl. July 11, 2007. Retrieved July 15, 2008.
  8. ^ Hustvedt, Marc (October 31, 2008). "Sorority Forever Finale Arrives'". Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  9. ^ Hustvedt, Marc (November 18, 2008). "Jessica Rose and Taryn Southern Team Up As 'Webutantes'". Tubefilter. Retrieved December 9, 2008.
  10. ^ MTV Plans Spoof of High School Musical'. March 11, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  11. ^ McNaughton, Mathieas (November 18, 2010). "Taryn Southern Wants You to 'Keep it in Your Pants'". Tubefilter. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  12. ^ Wallenstein, Andrew (November 17, 2011). "X Factor Expands Digital Domain". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  13. ^ "Taryn Southern". IMDb. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  14. ^ "'Shark After Dark' Devours Cable Talk Rivals For 2nd Night; Discovery Tops Cable In Demo". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  15. ^ "Bubbling Under: YouTube Star Taryn Southern Heads to Radio With 'Crush'". Billboard. 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  16. ^ "The NMR Top 100 YouTube Channels: 75-51!". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  17. ^ "MOXY Hotels Announces "DO NOT DISTURB" YouTube Series with Comedian Taryn Southern". Marriott. 2015-07-23. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  18. ^ "Moxy Hotels Premieres Second Season of Original Web Series "Do Not Disturb" Hosted by Comedian Taryn Southern". Marriott. 2015-11-15. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  19. ^ "Maker Studios to develop programs based on Marvel 'lore'". LA Times. LA Times. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  20. ^ "Stream Con: Taryn Southern interview". EW.com. EW.com. Retrieved 2015-10-31.
  21. ^ McFarland, Matt. "Popular YouTube artist uses AI to record new album". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  22. ^ "Musician Taryn Southern on composing her new album entirely with AI". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  23. ^ Berman, Robby. "AI and a Human Make a Pop Record... For Real". Big Think. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  24. ^ "You can help make the world's very first tokenized song". Futurism. 2017-11-08. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  25. ^ "Song Made By AI Gets Stunning 360° Music Video - VRScout". VRScout. 2018-02-20. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  26. ^ "Is music about to have its first AI No.1? - BBC Music". 2018-02-28. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  27. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/Bggc4ThnKSx/
  28. ^ "Wrong Hole". Taryn Southern. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  29. ^ "Keep It In Your Pants". Taryn Southern. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  30. ^ "Remarkable Vagina". Taryn Southern. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  31. ^ "Coffee Makes Me Poo". Taryn Southern. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  32. ^ "Touch Your Boobies (I Touch Mine)". Taryn Southern. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  33. ^ "Where Is My Goat?". Taryn Southern. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  34. ^ "'Cuz We The X-Factor Digital". Taryn Southern. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  35. ^ "I Think I Farted". Taryn Southern. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  36. ^ "Guys They Just Wanna $%*# You". Taryn Southern. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  37. ^ "Wrong Hole (The Untold Story)". Taryn Southern. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  38. ^ "Just Google That S**t". Taryn Southern. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  39. ^ "Single Girls". Taryn Southern. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  40. ^ "Bad Sex". Taryn Southern. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  41. ^ "Crush". Taryn Southern. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  42. ^ "The Fox - What the Fox Didn't Say". Taryn Southern. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  43. ^ "Everyone Pees in the Ocean". Taryn Southern. Retrieved 27 July 2015.

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