Swift turns 20
Monday, December 14, 2009
– Taylor Swift may have a zillion teen and pre-teen fans, but she is no longer a teen herself. The superstar turned 20 on Sunday with a party at her family's home in Hendersonville, Tenn. for friends, her band and touring crew.
"It's more like an end-of-year Christmas party that happens to be on my birthday," Swift told People Magazine. Swift played the domestic Saturday night by baking butter and gingerbread cookies with cream cheese icing.
Swift gave $250,000 to schools around the U.S. that she either attended or worked with for teachers' salaries, books and educational programs.
"Something I wanted to do at the end of this amazing year and especially on my birthday was give back to something I really believe in, which is education," said Swift. "The schools that I went to and the amazing people I got to learn from really turned me into who I am, and I wanted to give back."
Swift also was in New York to play the Jingle Bell at Madison Square Garden with heartthrob Justin Bieber.
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Taylor Swift has made the best CD of her young career with her fourth CD. The biggest difference is that Swift's singing, spotty on previous releases and live performances, is far far superior here.
Swift wrote all 14 songs here, which like her other albums tend to deal with relationships that have gone south. Swift's songwriting always has been one of her strengths, and that continues to be the case here - both lyrically and musically. Put simply, Swift knows a lot about penning »»»
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Editorial: Walking the talk
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Concert Review: Womack planned a good night
Lee Ann Womack pretty much summed up where she's at these days in concluding her show with Don Williams "Lord I Hope This Day Is Good." The ever-strong voiced country traditionalist sang, "I don't need fortune and I don't need fame" with the concluding line of the stanza asking the Man upstairs to "plan a good day for me.... »»»
Concert Review: Cantrell continues to satisfy
Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country.
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