Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American country pop
singer-songwriter, guitarist and actress.
Swift was born in the borough of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Scott, a
stock broker, and Andrea Swift, a homemaker. She has a younger brother, Austin. When she was in fourth grade,
Swift won a national poetry contest with a three page poem entitled "Monster In My Closet".
At ten, Swift began writing songs and singing at karaoke contests, festivals, and fairs around
her hometown. During one summer, Swift devoted herself to writing a 350 page (unpublished) novel. After
seeing her karaoke performance at one of the cast parties, it was an actor friend's mother who first suggested
that Swift seemed more of a natural to pursue a career in country music, rather than theatrical performing.
They soon leased space at a local mall and began to showcase her work in weeknight performances of country
songs with karaoke backing tracks. Emboldened by her performances and growing audiences, she began to perform
in other local open mike and karaoke nights. Her first major show was a well-received performance at the
Bloomsburg Fair, arranged by local performer Pat Garrett.
Swift first learned to play guitar from a computer repairman who showed her how to play three
chords. After learning those three chords, she wrote her first song, "Lucky You". She began writing songs
regularly and used it as outlet to help her with her pain from not fitting in at school. Other kids would react
badly to her so she wrote songs about them