Born in Virginia and raised in the Carolinas, this girl knows her music. From her upbringing, she discovered artists such as Faith Hill, Leann Rimes, Patsy Cline, and Shania Twain, all of whom shared a lifelong dream of being a country recording artist. Katelyn also realized her commercial potential in August of 2008, when she auditioned for American Idol in Jacksonville, Florida. After making it to the 4th round in front of judges Randy, Simon, Paula, and Kara, she felt on top of the world. Her determination to catch her dream became a reality as she stepped in front of the cameras. When asked by Simon why she should be the next American Idol, Katelyn’s response was “My goal is to not only be a recording artist, but be a role model to those around me. I want to touch people’s lives with my music.”
In 2008, a self-titled EP was recorded and produced in Nashville by Lonnie Wilson. Lonnie and Katelyn teamed up to make the most of these songs and were able to audibly capture stories of heartache, love, and just good-time country anthems. Katelyn said “I want people to be able to relate to who I am and what I've experienced through my music and it seems I’ve got a good start at that with this EP.”
Katelyn has since polished her skills as a country singer/songwriter and has been increasing her fan base and maintaining her presence in the Carolinas.