Kaitlyn Ashley Maher (born January 10, 2004) is an American child singer and actress born in Michigan, and raised in Ashburn, Virginia. In 2008, she reached the final ten on the third series of television talent show America's Got Talent. Maher has since appeared live at The Great Kids Expo[1][2] in Chantilly, Virginia, on October 25, 2008, a live broadcast of the 2008 lighting of the National Christmas Tree,[3] on December 4, 2008 attended by President George W. Bush, and the 2009 Cherry Blossom Festival on April 11, 2009.[4] On October 3, 2009, Maher was to be the opening act of The Addi and Cassi Hempel Fund benefit.[5] Maher has appeared in a Harris Teeter[6] commercial airing during December, 2008.

Maher signed a recording deal late in 2009 with Indie Extreme for the release of her debut album You Were Meant To Be.[7] The album was released December 1, 2009.[8]

Maher appeared in the Disney direct to video animated movie Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws [short title: Santa Buddies][9] as the voice for the Yorkshire terrier character, Tiny,[10] which was released on November 24, 2009. She has a starring role as the orphan Quinn in The Search for Santa Paws which continues the story which began with Santa Buddies. It is scheduled to be released as a direct to video on November 23, 2010.[11]

America's Got Talent


Maher began her career on the third season of the American television reality show America's Got Talent when she reached the top ten.[12] Producers from the show first became aware of Maher from a video that was uploaded to the popular video sharing website YouTube. The video had been made after she had been asked to sing at a birthday party. Five months after the video had been made, Maher's parents received a call from NBC's America's Got Talent asking if Maher would be able to audition for the third season.


Week Theme Song choice Original artist Performance order Result
Audition N/A "Somewhere Out There" James Horner N/A Advanced
Vegas Verdicts Child performers "When You Wish Upon a Star" Cliff Edwards 2 Advanced
Top 40
Group 1
Semifinals "What a Wonderful World" Louis Armstrong N/A Advanced
Top 20
Group 1
Heroes "Beauty and the Beast" Beauty and the Beast] N/A Advanced
Top 10 N/A "I'll Be There" The Jackson 5 N/A Eliminated



You Were Meant to Be track listing

This table gives some information about the CD's songs:[8]

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "I Can See Clearly Now"  Johnny Nash 3:17
2. "Daddy, I Love You"  Kaitlyn Maher 3:46
3. "God Bless The USA"  Lee Greenwood 3:43
4. "Amazing Grace"  John Newton 3:05
5. "You Were Meant To Be"  ? 4:08
6. "Somewhere Out There"  James Horner, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil 3:43
7. "Ave Maria"  Vladimir Vavilov 4:27
8. "Dreams Come True"  Kaitlyn Maher 4:18
9. "Lullaby"  ? 3:21
10. "Amazing Grace" (Reprise)John Newton 1:19
11. "Away In A Manger" (Bonus track)? 3:31


Year Film Role
2009 Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws[13] voice of Tiny
2010 The Search for Santa Paws[14] Quinn


  1. "Every Thing For Healthy, Happy and Safe Kids of all ages". Great Kids Expo. 2008. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  2. Hendrickson, Lisa (October 16, 2008). "Four-Year Old Singer Kaitlyn Maher to Perform at Great Kids Expo". Thomson Reuters. 
  3. "(Photo Gallery) - Four Year Old Singer Kaitlyn Maher to Performing at the National Christmas Tree Lighting - (Photo Gallery)". zimbio. December 4, 2008. 
  4. Cheney, Catherine (September 2, 2009). "Singer's Only 5, But Career Hits The High Notes". The Washington Post. 
  5. Hempel, Chris (July 30, 2009). "Kids Helping Kids: 5-year old Singing Sensation Kaitlyn Maher To Perform". 
  6. Garman, Erica (December 4, 2008). "Ashburn’s Kaitlyn Maher to Sing at National Christmas Tree Lighting(includes Harris Teeter commercial)". LoudounExtra/The Washington Post. 
  7. "Indie Extreme Signs 5 Year Old Singing Sensation, Kaitlyn Maher". News. BREATHEcast. 2009-12-04. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "You Were Meant To Be". Amazon. 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  9. "Kaitlyn Maher - Disney's Next Star". Disney Dreaming. 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  10. "Twelve Things You Didn't Know About Kaitlyn Maher". KOL: Movies and TV. AOL. 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  11. The Search for Santa Paws website
  12. "Episode recaps". America's Got Talent. NBC. 2008-09-17. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  13. Santa Buddies at adisney.go entrance to website
  14. The Search for Santa Paws at disneydvd plot summary; trailer

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