From Houston to LA: It’s Katlynn Simone’s World

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 7/23/2013, 4:59 p.m. | Updated on 7/23/2013, 4:59 p.m.
Houston is a bevy for star quality talent. Many of today’s hottest and most sought after stars claim Houston as ...

Houston is a bevy for star quality talent. Many of today’s hottest and most sought after stars claim Houston as home including Beyonce Knowles, Chandra Wilson, Michael Strahan, Cierra Ramirez, Mark Ballas, Yolanda Adams, and the list goes on. Now Houston can add one more rising star to our already illuminated skyline, Katlynn Simone.

Best known as the rebellious Brittany Pitts, a.k.a. Brit-Brat, on BET’s The Game, Katlynn is a firecracker of talent that is ready to pop. The multitalented young lady is an actress, singer, songwriter, and dancer. She crafted her skills set right here in Houston at places like the historic Ensemble Theatre and the High School for the Visual and Performing Arts. It was while living in Houston that she got her big break on The Game. “Houston is an amazing spot so don’t give up, don’t worry. You can do just as well as LA people can. Houston is where it’s at so just keep it up,” said Katlynn talking to those who have dreams of making it big.

Well into her third season on The Game portraying Brit-Brat, Katlynn is grateful that she is nothing like her character. “I always try to act not like Brittany Pitts,” she laughed as she admits to personally being a rather reclusive person. “It’s cool to go out there and just be bratty on camera every once in a while.” Her defiant character is always at odds with her on camera dad (Coby Bell) and stepmom (Brandy) but will Brit-Brat always be a brat? Hopefully, not. The Game has been picked up for a seventh season and Katlynn hopes that writers change Brittany a bit. “I would like to see somebody put her in her place. We have seen little glimpses of that every now and then with Tasha (Wendy Raquel Robinson) and even her dad has stepped up a bit but it would be cool to see another side of her, to see her grow up and mature a little bit more.”

Katlynn is showing fans another side of herself this year by introducing her music. Her debut single Let Me Go is available for download on her website, and fans are really responding positively to it. She recently had the opportunity to perform her music in Houston at Beyonce’s Official After Party for the Mrs. Carter World Tour. “That was my first performance in Houston so I don’t know why it was more nerve racking than performing in LA or any other state,” recalled Katlynn, who couldn’t believe that she was performing at her idol’s after party. “It was just two double positives. It just made me loose control but it was exciting.”

Equally exciting is the opportunity for Katlynn to allow her fans to hear more of her music. Members of KatNation, as her fans like to be called, will get a chance on the next episode of The Game that airs this coming Tuesday (July 30). Her second single Beautiful Lies will debut on the show. “This will be the first time that anybody has been able to hear it so I am excited!”

A hot TV show and new music would be enough to juggle for anyone but this star on the rise is not letting grass grow under her feet. She just guest starred on BET’s The First Family and has completed a movie In Mysterious Ways that is set to come out no later than January 2014. Once she completes her EP, it will be available to fans this fall.

Katlynn Simone is all over the place marking her spot. After all, it is Katlynn’s world. Keep up with her on, friend her on and follow @KatlynnSimone on Twitter and Instagram.