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Taylor Smith wasn’t always the svelte, 5-foot-10 24-year-old she is today, and that’s part of her charm. We’ve watched her grow like fond parents who indulge in memories of of her early years, as a curly-haired newbie and a guitar-slinging warbler.

In 2002, when Swift was a wee 12-year-old, she sang the national anthem at a Detroit Pistons game in her home state of Pennsylvania. Though her singing does sound expectedly thin in a pubescent kind of way, she clearly had the makings of a great voice.

This is what Taylor Swift singing The Star-Spangled banner at age 12 sounds like.


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