Taylor_Swift_Fearless_TourWriting her own songs, Taylor Swift has certainly given country music fans something to embrace. Her life sounds like a movie – small town girl from Pennsylvania moves to Nashville at the age of 14 to pursue her music career. She was signed to a small, independent label called Big Machine Records.

In 2006, her first album was released and it was a huge hit. She is the youngest artist to write and perform any song that was #1 on the country charts. The song is called Our Song, and it continues to be one of her most popular songs today. The fact that she does write her own songs has set her apart from a variety of other artists that seem to be mass produced by the various record companies out there.

Her 2nd album was released in 2008 and this follow up wasn’t a disappointment in any sense of the world. It featured the popular single Mean. She was also featured in a small role in 2009 on CSI. In 2010 she had a voice for one of the characters in The Lorax film. Music is her passion though and it is no secret that many of her personal experiences have influenced what she writes about.

Her first love and passion has always been horses. The family owns many of them and she began riding when she was less than a year old. She competed in horse shows but by the time she was 9 she was spending more time with acting and voice lessons so she had less time for horses. She has often said that seeing Faith Hill perform and her interviews is what made her decide she must go to Nashville.

She attended public school in Nashville the first 2 years of high school. However, with a tour on the horizon and the additional publicity surrounding her she completed her high school education with an online program. She was able to work at her own pace and finished a year earlier than she would have if she had stayed in a traditional high school program.

Taylor Swift is worth an estimated $220 million! She is involved in a variety of charities including those that promote education, literacy, arts, and helping sick children. The one side of her life that seems to always be a mess is her love life. For such a young lady, she has been linked to quite a few names. The romance though and even the breakups have helped provide her with lots of material for new songs!

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