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Taylor Swift Calls Nashville Home

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Taylor Swift might be from Pennsylvania, but she says Nashville will always be home.

“I decided to move to Nashville when I was about 10 years old,” she tells Time. “I was obsessed with watching biography TV shows about Faith Hill and Shania Twain, and I noticed that both of them went to Nashville to start their careers. From that point on, I began relentlessly nagging, begging, and pleading with my parents to take me on a trip there.”

The 24-year-old says her mother finally gave in, and the rest is history.

“When I was 11, my mom took my brother and me to Nashville on spring break and we drove up and down Music Row,” Swift recalls. “She would wait in the car as I scampered into record labels one by one, handing my demo CD to the receptionists. I remember thinking it was so odd and wonderful that all of these important record labels were all on one street, most of them in small buildings and old houses. I remember being charmed by how kind people were to strangers and newcomers like us. We took more and more trips to Nashville as time went by, and when at 13, I was offered a development deal by a major record label, my parents gave in and we moved from Pennsylvania.”

The songstress, who has achieved monumental success in the pop world and scored a handful of acting gigs as well, understands that Los Angeles or New York City might make more sense professionally, but she insists she has no plans to leave Music City.

“Choosing to have my management company based in Nashville just made sense because my family is there as well as my record label,” she explains. “I never think about moving home bases. It’s hard to describe why you consider a town your home base, except that when people ask me “Where’s home?”, I don’t even think before I say ‘Nashville.’”

Swift hasn’t had much time to spend in her favorite city lately. She just announced the addition of five more dates in Asia on her global Red Tour, which kicked off in early 2013. See a  list of her remaining concert dates here.

Next: The Top 10 Taylor Swift Songs

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