Born to two Dutch parents, Kayden was raised by her mom in Palm Beach County’s Wellington. Her immediate upbringing consisted of farm life, riding horses in the Winter Equestrian Capital of the World. While she developed a genuine love for a hobby inherited by her two trainer parents, she realized early on that a performative, theatrical side needed to be unleashed.
After being inspired by the film Catch the Kid, and Disney Channel’s popular Hannah Montana TV show, she knew an on-camera career was her calling. In no time, the aspiring star got into public stage plays and just-for-fun acting at home for her family.
Simultaneously, Kayden discovered she had a talent for singing, upon listening to one of her sister’s CDs with Christina Aguilera’s “Reflection” from Disney’s Mulan. This song kicked off her love for music on a whole new level, encouraging her to experiment with her vocals. She credits Aguilera, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse for turning music into more than just her hobby. She went on to join Lake Worth Beach, Florida’s famed School of Rock at age 10, where she learned to perform songs by The Beatles and No Doubt.
But it was being bullied later down the line in middle school that encouraged Kayden to pick up the pen, starting at age 11. She grew up feeling different from her peers, whether in terms of wearing colorful hair accessories or her prepubescent body. Ultimately, insecurity and confusion sunk in, leading her to write about her feelings as a coping mechanism. Crying turned into humming, which then turned into melodies—and before she knew it, she realized she could carry a tune.
As she evolved personally, her trials and tribulations continued to set the stage for her music. Whether breaking-up with the so-called love of her life or getting into friend drama, she continued seeing music as a creative outlet to process her misfortunes. She began singing at parties for friends and family, and the most natural step from there was signing with an acting agent and going on major auditions in entertainment.
After hearing no plenty of times, Kayden would land the jumpstart role of a lifetime. With low expectations after sending an audition tape to Disney Channel two days late, she received a callback immediately, which led to a chemistry read with a new show’s lead, Isabella Pappas. A successful read led to her to land the role as Hartley in the sitcom, Villains of Valley View. Viewers can catch Kayden (who is credited by her birth name, Kayden Muller-Janssen) as the effervescent neighbor to a Texan teen supervillain.
All the while, the multitalented performer continued making music, which she maintains is her utmost true love. Kayden landed a No. 1 spot with her hit “Kiss Kiss Baby” on the now defunct Radio Disney. She also scored a Top 5 most requested video on Music Choice with “Kiss Kiss Baby” and “Walk.”
In 2022 Kayden dropped her debut EP 'Unraveled' containing “No Maybe,” a track Kayden says she’ll love endlessly, written with Dustin Atlas about her biggest crush at age 13. Followed by “Crave” and a cover of Etta James song "I'd Rather Go Blind."
While acting and singing continue to be at the forefront of her life, the teen enjoys common extracurricular activities, including go-karting, snowboarding and hiking. She’s also made time for charity work, taking it back to her equestrian roots with involvement in Brooke USA. The organization works to improve the health, welfare and productivity of working horses, donkeys and mules, and the people who depend on them for survival.
Villains of Valley View airs on The Disney Channel & streamed on Disney +. The new Disney darling has found her second home in L.A.—and if you’re seeking out a sighting, you can easily find Kayden sipping on a vanilla milkshake with her friends at Bob’s Big Boys in Burbank!