Not only has Taylor Swift remained relevant for almost a decade and grown-up before our eyes. She’s also sold millions of records, sold-out massive stadiums world-wide, and managed to do it all without getting caught doing something stupid in front of the camera. However, more than all that, Taylor has exhibited a generous and giving heart making her 2013′s Tennessean of the Year.
This year alone she opened her $4 MILLION Education center inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and donated $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony. Do.something.org also named her the most charitable celebrity of 2013.
For her to believe in us, the hometown institutions, and to be focused on Nashville speaks volumes,” says Kyle Young, the director and chief executive officer of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “How often do you think she’s approached to do things, all over the world? So it means so much for her to believe in us and think that investments here would help the city she clearly cares so much about.”
“Her rise to prominence has coincided with a lot of the things going on in Nashville,”Mayor Karl Dean says, noting the rise of Music City rock acts including Kings of Leon, The Black Keys and Jack White and the evolving downtown cityscape to which Swift has contributed. “She’s one of the most dynamic and popular musical performers in the world, and she’s perceived as having universal appeal across categories. She transcends genres, and that’s a great thing for the city.”
And luckily for Nashville, Taylor feels exactly the same way about the city she calls home.
I would not be the same kind of person without Nashville,” Swift says.
“It has shaped me into who I am. I think everybody feels that. We don’t have an ocean, or mountains: People come here because of the feeling they get. It pulls you in and turns you into who you’re going to be.”