Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Taylor Swift and her family — parents Scott and Andrea, and brother Austin — moved to Nashville, Tenn., when Swift was 14 years old. She signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV shortly after their arrival, becoming the youngest songwriter ever hired by the company; the budding songstress also signed an artist development deal with RCA Records, before signing with Big Machine. After releasing four multi-platinum country albums, three of which went to No. 1, Swift moved to pop music with the 2014 release of ’1989.’ Swift, who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, has won the Country Music Association’s Pinnacle Award, the American Music Awards’ Dick Clark Award for Excellence and Billboard’s Woman of the Year Award (twice), among many others.
Birthday: December 13, 1989
Did You Know ...: 'You Belong With Me' was inspired by a conversation Swift overheard between a friend and his girlfriend.
Have you ever wondered what your favorite country singer looked like when he or she was pint-sized? Some stars are hardly recognizable as kids, but a lot of them haven't changed much -- in fact, photos of artists like Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley prove that their music careers started early.
Yearbook photos: They're a rite of passage, in a way. Everyone has that one photo they cringe at, or the 8x10 that mom still has hanging in the hallway, highlighting the fact that you were an awkward tween in every sense. Even famous country stars had to get yearbook photos taken before they were in the spotlight and on the red carpet.
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