Taylor Swift was born in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Swift's influences include her grandmother, who was an opera singer, and LeAnn Rimes. She began performing in Wyommissing, Pennsylvania. Here she noticed while playing the role of Sandy in Grease that her style of singing sounded country and so country music was the type of music she needed to be doing. At the age of ten, Swift began to perform around her hometown, singing at karaoke contests, festivals, and fairs. Her first exposure to the music business consisted of recording demo tapes at a studio. At age 11, Taylor decided to make her first trip to Nashville in hopes of attaining a record deal by handing out a demo tape she had made of her singing along to karaoke songs to receptionists at every label on Music Row. Taylor returned to Pennsylvania without a record deal but remained content in her ability writing her first song, "Lucky You". game. During this time she also took regular trips with her family to Nashville, Tennessee, to perform her music. As in the case with a struggling artist of any age, all Taylor needed was a break. It came at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, when her rendition of the national anthem wowed a crowd that included the manager of Britney Spears. Within a few months she was featured as a rising star in an Abercrombie & Fitch campaign. In Nashville she wrote songs with local songwriters. The family decided to move to Hendersonville, TN, an outlying Nashville suburb. Today, Taylor Swift is very grateful for all her success in the country music industry. When she performed at Nashville's premier songwriters' cafe, The Bluebird Café, she caught the attention of Scott Borchetta. Scott wanted to put her on his new label, Big Machine Records.