Name: Taylor Swift
Birth Date: December 13, 1989
Height: 5' 11"
Taylor Swift grew up on a farm in Wyomissing, Pa. Inspired by her maternal grandmother, a professional opera singer, Taylor took up singing early in life. At 10, she began performing around town at karaoke contests, festivals and county fairs, and even recording rough demos at a studio. At age 11, she performed the national anthem at a Philadelphia 76ers NBA game in front of thousands of fans.
When Taylor was 12, she picked up a guitar and learned to write her own songs. Her family took regular trips to Nashville to shop her music around, and she wrote with local songwriters. After a few years, during which the family made the decision to move to nearby Hendersonville, Tenn., a showcase at the Bluebird Cafe caught the attention of music-industry veteran Scott Borchetta.
Swift released her debut album on Borchetta's label, Big Machine Records, in late 2006. Swift wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the album, which debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 and sold more than 61,000 during its first week. Behind her debut single, "Tim McGraw," the album went on to become certified triple platinum by the RIAA in the United States, while in turn making Swift one of country music's top young stars.