To pursue her music career, Swift often visited Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital.
There she co-wrote songs and tried to land a recording contract.
Mayer is a Democrat, but clearly not overly liberal.
His comments on the environment, race, and health care point to someone who views politics and society from a detached standpoint.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at age 14 to pursue a career in country music.
She signed with the independent label Big Machine Records and became the youngest artist ever signed by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house.
Swift's second album, Fearless, was released in 2008.
Buoyed by the pop crossover success of the singles "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me", Fearless became the best-selling album of 2009 in the United States.
Her eponymous debut album in 2006 peaked at number five on Billboard 200 and spent the most weeks on the chart in the 2000s.
The album's third single, "Our Song", made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the Hot Country Songs chart.
John Mayer was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Mayer comes from a dual-religious home: half Jewish and half Christian of some kind. Referring to the fact that orthodox Judaism only considers one Jewish if their mother was Jewish, Mayer said: I’m half Jewish. He said: Slightly vile and possibly offensive comments aside, Mayer has said some things that make a lot of sense, even if they aren’t popular in today’s socio-political environment.
Taylor was nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2008.