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Summary Article: Swift, Taylor
from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US pop and country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist. After releasing her debut self-titled album in 2006, at the age of 16, she achieved international stardom with her bestselling album Fearless (2008; Grammy Award for Album of the Year). Hit singles include ‘Love Story’ and ‘You Belong With Me’.

Inspired by other crossover artists such as Shania Twain and the Dixie Chicks, Swift released her first single, ‘Tim McGraw’, in 2006. Her songs feature popular, catchy chord progressions and are autobiographical, focusing on the struggles of adolescence and young love. She released a third album, Speak Now, featuring the single ‘Mine’, in 2010.

Swift grew up in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, where she performed with a children's theatre troupe and sang karaoke at a local shopping mall. At the age of 11, she sang the US national anthem at a professional baseball game in Philadelphia. Her family eventually moved to Nashville, Tennessee, so that she could pursue a country music career. Other releases include the EPs Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection (2007) and Beautiful Eyes (2008). She made her feature film debut in the ensemble romantic comedy Valentine's Day (2010).

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