Katelyn Tarver grew up in Glennville GA, a quiet rural town with a population of just over 3,000 where her family owned a local candy factory. Always a music lover she began performing in local (and soon national) talent competitions, one of which, American Juniors, led to her first national tour and an introduction to management in LA.
She began independently releasing music and working tirelessly as a songwriter – which was rewarded when ‘Crazy Stupid Love’, a song she had written with Wayne Wilkins, gave Cheryl Cole a UK #1 single.
Fuelled by this success, Tarver worked with Childish Gambino-producer Ludwig Göransson to create ‘Weekend Millionaires’, her first proper solo single – a pulsating lyrical deconstruction of the American dream. Blog praise and remixes from the likes of Young Bombs, Skizzy Mars and Samuraii followed, helping inspire Tarver to complete what became 2017’s ‘Tired Eyes EP’. The tear-jerkingly beautiful live rendition of her song ‘You Don’t Know’ caught fire online, being shared by fans and driving the video to over 40 Million YouTube views.
She followed up with 2018’s ‘Kool Aid EP’, a spikey and diverse collection of six songs written with fellow writer/artist contempories like J Hart and Wrabel. Tarver also enjoyed a stint acting alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in HBO’s Ballers Season 4, playing a fiery extreme sports agent.
In the Fall of 2019, Tarver was chosen by Ryan Tedder, Shane McAnally and Esther Dean as the winner on her NBC Songland episode, with Sony Nashville band Old Dominion releasing her composition ‘Young’. To co-incide with the airing of the episode she performed a headline show at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles, selling it out. Tarver also starred as lead actress in the Joseph Khan-directed Jeep commercial that featured her song, released the same night the show aired.
New Year 2020 kicked off with the dropping of the infectious ‘Heaven’, a collaboration with rising producer Sj and released via Congo/SPINNIN’ Records.
Next single ‘Feel Bad’ – releasing March 25th – accompanied with it’s stunning video directed by long time collaborator Se Oh, will co-incide with Katelyn hitting the road for a 23 date US tour with Hot Chelle Rae. A new full EP on Snafu Records will arrive this summer alongside other live dates.