A child prodigy, Taylor Swift made her first pilgrimage to the country capital, Nashville, when she was 11, handing out tapes of herself. In her early teens she sang the National Anthem at the US Open Tennis tournament, starred in comedy shows, sang in karaoke contests, performed poetry, appeared at festivals and fairs, made up songs about her schoolfriends and even wrote an unpublished novel. To help develop her songwriting, her family moved from Pennsylvania to Nashville, where she became the youngest staff songwriter ever signed by Sony/ATV Tree Publishing. Taylor had her first hit at 16 in 2006 with Tim McGraw, following it with a self-titled debut album, which produced four more hits. Her second album Fearless was released in 2008, selling over four million, helping her to make her America's biggest-selling artist of the year - in 2010 the album went on to win a Grammy Award and the single White Horse won two.
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