She runs 13 Management, and is involved in every component of her publishing, recording, concert production and endorsement deals. Shes also just 23 years old and having the time of her life. Whether sharing the stage with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban on Highway Dont Care at this years CMA Music Festival, playing for 80,000 screaming fans at Londons Wembley Stadium or harmonizing onstage with Mick Jagger at a June Rolling Stones concert in Chicago, Swift sees her success as an opportunity to promote Nashville and the music she loves. In fact, thats one of the reasons she makes overseas touring a priority. Going outside of your comfort zone geographically is not an easy thing, you know, she explained during a break in a typically busy day. Its something a lot of artists dont like to do. You can be at one stage of your career in America and then have to start over in another territory. But we started doing that about five years ago, and Im so thankful we did because now we can go over there, and we play arenas in Europe and we play stadiums in Australia. Its been amazing to see how my music has thankfully worked in Europe and Asia and the places weve gone and that weve gone out of our way to go. Its amazing to look out into a sold-out crowd of people who dont speak English yet theyre singing along to every word of your songs. The fact that its paid off in that way makes me so proud to be from Nashville. Its an investment Im so happy we made. Swift also sees evidence of Country Musics international reach much closer to her Nashville home. Last time I was at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, I noticed that almost everyone walking through was from Europe or Australia or New Zealand, she said.
A Minnesota Girl Meets Taylor Swift Thanks to Kids Wish Network
A Minnesota Girl Meets Taylor Swift Thanks to Kids Wish Network Press Release: Kids Wish Network 31 minutes ago Print MANKATO, Minn., Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –International children’s charity Kids Wish Network today commended Taylor Swift for helping make a lifelong dream come true for a Mankato girl. Six-year-old Madison, who suffers from Sacral Agensis Syndrome, had the opportunity to meet Taylor Swift backstage at her concert that took place in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Kids Wish Networkis a Florida-based charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. A video about the visit is available at: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/23385521/mankato-girl-with-spinal-condition-meets-taylor-swift “Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a smile on the face of a child struggling with a life-altering illness. With the generosity of people like Taylor Swift, we are able to make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of children every year,” said Anna Lanzatella, Executive Director of the Kids Wish Network. “We will continue to work to provide opportunities to children in need through our wish granting programs.” When Madison was asked why she wanted to meet Taylor swift, she responded, “I like what her songs mean and how they apply to my life. When I listen to her music I don’t feel scared.” Madison was chosen among a few other kids to meet Taylor Swift backstage at her Minneapolis concert. Madison’s favorite part of this magical evening was speaking one on one with the star. “I told Taylor that I love her music so much that I wore out her CD’s and she signed some photos for me. Taylor also told me that she loved my pink boots!” Madison said in excitement. After Kids Wish Network submitted a request for Madison to meet her role model, Taylor Swift, her dream came true. “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing on the telephone,” said Madison’s mother, Pam. “I couldn’t wait to tell Madison that she was actually going to meet Taylor Swift!