Taylor Swift

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Is she really the sweet, sincere Southern girl she appears to be?
Nope. She's actually a sweet, sincere Northern girl: raised in small-town Wyomissing, PA (near Reading). Her love of country music blossomed when she was nine or ten years old. A self-described word nerd and writer of poetry, she was drawn to the genre's tradition of storytelling. Her love of singing may have come from her grandmother, an opera singer, and she learned her first guitar chords from a computer repairman. When most kids were still reading Judy Blume books she was honing her songcraft (though she may...