By: Sofia Saenz
Taylor Alison Swift, born December 13, 1989, is an American country pop singer-songwriter, musician and actress.
Taylor Swift was born on December 13, 1989 in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Andrea Gardner, a homemaker, and Scott Kingsley Swift, a stockbroker. Her maternal grandmother, Majorie Finlay, was an opera singer. Taylor Swift has a younger brother, Austin. At the age of ten, a computer repairman showed her how to play three chords on a guitar, Making Taylor Swift wanting learn the instrument. Afterwards, Taylor Swift wrote her first song, "Lucky You". She began writing songs regularly and used it as an outlet to help her with her pain from not fitting in at school. Taylor Swift was a victim of bullying, and spent her time writing songs to express her emotions. She also started performing at local karaoke contests, festivals, and fairs. Taylor Swift began to regularly visit Nashville, Tennessee and work with local songwriters. When she was 14, her family relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. Her first major show was a well-received performance at the Bloomsburg Fair. In Tennessee, Taylor Swift attended Hendersonville High School, but was subsequently home schooled for her junior and senior years. In 2008, she earned her high school diploma. Taylor Swift's greatest musical influence is Shania Twain. Her other influences include LeAnn Rimes, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, and her grandmother. Although her grandmother was a professional opera singer, Taylor Swift's tastes always leaned more toward country music. In her younger years, she developed a love for Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton. She also credits the Dixie Chicks for demonstrating the impact you can make by "stretching boundaries". At age 11, Taylor Swift made her first trip to Nashville, hoping to obtain a record deal by distributing a demo tape of her singing with karaoke songs. She gave a copy to every label in town, but was rejected. After Taylor...
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