When I moved to the Nashville area a decade ago with my wife, you were here launching a musical career that has brought you fame and fortune throughout the world. We, like millions, admired your God-given talent and tenacity while applauding your affectionate title as "America's Sweetheart."
Raising two daughters and now having two granddaughters, I watched your wholesome public image, non-provocative swimsuits and polite manner make you a most appreciated and highly esteemed role model in a society where so few exist in the entertainment industry. As one of the most followed personalities on social media, you acknowledged
your "responsibility" to be conscious of your influence on young fans.
As we watched another Nashvillian, Miley Cyrus, depart from her Disney persona to a scandal-seeking, sex-obsessed, weed-promoting performer, you were the one we could turn to as you engaged in friendly interaction with fans, especially young girls. Your cute smile plus surprise visits to sick and disadvantaged adolescents won us over to what we hoped would make us longtime devotees.
I don't know of your spiritual background, but as a Christian, I offer you a maxim that has inspired many through the years: "What you are is God's gift to you; what you make of yourself is your gift
Taylor, you are now 27 years old and indisputably the highest-earning musician in the world (Forbes
states your net worth as $1/2 billion). You've earned multiple Grammys, and Time
magazine placed you repeatedly on its annual list of "100 Most Influential People." Quite the achievement for the young girl from Reading, Pennsylvania who came to Nashville with a dream when she was only 14. Submitting a Humble Request