Kaitlyn Maher is only eight years old, but has already endeared herself to millions across America and around the world. When she was only four years old, her pure voice, cute smile, and infectious personality propelled her over hundreds of thousands of contestants to become the youngest person ever to make it as a Top 10 Finalist on NBC’s hit show, America’s Got Talent.
Since her auspicious debut, Kaitlyn has continued to capture hearts through her prolific performances. She was a featured entertainer at the White House for then-President and First Lady Bush – as well as over 7,000 attendees – in the live, nationally televised Lighting of the National Christmas Tree ceremony. She was touched to bring comfort to our country’s brave men and women of the armed forces when she performed special concerts for the wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Medical Center and retired soliders at the Veterans’ Affair Center in Washington, D.C.
Kaitlyn also performed at the National Cherry Blossom Festival chaired by First Lady Michelle Obama, sang at major professional sporting events, including over 40,000 people at a Washington Nationals Major League Baseball game (her rendition of the National Anthem and God Bless America was highlighted on ESPN’s SportsCenter), and has headlined many other corporate and charity events around the country. She helped kickoff a national gospel music tour at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, OK. Kaitlyn’s God-given gift and unique ability to draw and captivate audiences remains evident as she has performances booked throughout the rest of this year and next.
Kaitlyn also debuted in her first Disney role – as the cute little puppy named “Tiny” — in the movie Santa Buddies, which released as the #1 DVD in America back in November 2009. Kaitlyn was then selected by Disney to be the lead actress in The Search for Santa Paws (2010). Next, Kaitlyn was selected for a voiceover role in another Disney movie, Treasure Buddies (2011). Finally, Kaitlyn was again selected by Disney to be the lead actress in Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups, release in November 2012. Kaitlyn also provided supporting roles in 2 additional feature films: Love, Gloria (2011) and Mia and The Magoo (2011).
Kaitlyn has also been active in the media. She was a featured performer on the Entertainment Tonight, The Hollywood Christmas Parade, Today Show, Access Hollywood, Fox and Friends' Christmas Special, Bonnie Hunt Show, Leo Little's Big Show, and Canada's Breakfast Television show. She has appeared in People magazine as well as major newspapers, magazines, television interviews, and websites around the world. Yahoo.com even selected Kaitlyn as one of the Top 10 Best Moments of Reality TV. Kaitlyn was also the lead actress in a national commercial campaign, finished a print ad campaign for a leading national company, and has recorded various public service videos.
To top things off, Kaitlyn recorded her debut inspirational CD “You Were Meant To Be,” in Nashville, 2 songs of which she co-wrote ("Daddy I Love You" and "Dreams Come True").
Throughout this journey, Kaitlyn has been especially excited about the opportunity, as she says, “to bless people and make them happy.” She was honored to be selected by Compassion International – one of the largest child aid organizations in the world – to be their first ever Child Ambassador! Kaitlyn is thrilled to be working with Compassion to help raise awareness of and address childhood poverty around the world! In this role, Kaitlyn has traveled to El Salvador to take supplies and of course sing to the children in need. She was so touched by the children there, she began sponsoring one of the precious children (Lisbeth) she met while on the trip. She may be only seven years old, but she’s proving you’re never too young to make a difference!
Through it all, Kaitlyn still enjoys being a kid. In addition to being homeschooled, she is actively involved in ballet, swimming, her church, AWANA club, and singing at a local nursing home. She admittedly loves to read and particularly enjoys “smothering” her little brother with kisses!