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The young singer even got the chance to belt out the national anthem at a Philadelphia 76ers game in 2002.
Ever the persistent little songstress, by the age of 11 Swift had convinced her parents that her budding talents were well worth a trip to Music City.
Their four-month relationship in 2008 would go on to warrant three songs: "Last Kiss," "Forever and Always," and "Holy Ground." Jonas would be the first of Swift's many high-profile boyfriend's to have a song or two written about him — the fact that he broke up with Swift over a 27-second phone call probably didn't help his case.
Over the years, Swift has gained a lot of media attention for launching lyrical smear campaigns against her exes and whether she likes it or not, her so-called "serial dating" tendencies have become a part of her identity.
Although Kanye West might still believe he's to thank for Swift's meteoric rise to becoming famous, it seems she would have grown into the household name we know today even without his infamous outburst.
At a young age, Swift fell in love with country music and grew up listening to artists like Le Ann Rimes and Shania Twain, whose songs made her want to "run around the block four times and daydream about everything." And while other 9-year-olds were spending their time watching cartoons, Swift was watching television specials and biographies about country music royalty.
The short-lived relationship was also due in part to the fact that the label wasn't interested in having Swift record her original songs for a debut album.
Swift's hard work and talent didn't go unrecognized by the music industry as she won the award for Top New Female Vocalist, previously known as the Horizon Award, at the 2007 Academy of Country Music Awards.
Swift's game plan was going in and saying to the receptionist, "Hi, I'm Taylor. However, it seems Swift has always possessed an unlimited supply of moxie, because rather than letting the initial rejection from the Nashville music community discourage her, it only made her more fearless.
She returned to Pennsylvania with the goal of becoming a singer/songwriter and decided to say goodbye to her days as a karaoke-style singer.
In 2004, Swift's family left their Christmas-tree farm and headed to Hendersonville, Tennessee in an attempt to further her music career.
It seemed like the move had paid off when Swift landed a contract with Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Records after an eye-catching performance at The Bluebird Café in Nashville.