Taylor Swift meets young fan who was hit by a car outside her concert
10. AfterAexiting a taxi at the concert venue with her father, Grace was hit by an SUVAtraveling at what was estimated to be 30 miles per hour. The driver was uninsured and had a suspendedAlicense. Grace’sAdream night turned into a nightmare ordeal: Instead of attending her idol’sAconcert, the little girl spent the following two days at Children’s Mercy Hospital,Awhere she was treated after suffering twoAskull fractures, a slight leftAorbital fracture, multiple head lacerations, a severe concussion, and road rashAover her face and body. Grace Markel following her accident Courtesy Markel family AccordingAto Grace’s parents, she has remained positive throughout her recovery. To celebrate her spirit, they boughtAGrace tickets to Swift’s RedAconcert in Nashville Sept.A21, and the singer surprised the family by bringing them backstage before herAentrance. WhenASwift, 23, emerged from her dressing room, “Taylor greeted Grace by her nameAand immediately knelt down and hugged her,” Amy Markel tells PEOPLE. “She told Grace she had a coldAand asked Grace to sing extraAloud to help her out.” SwiftAthanked the little girl for wearing one of her shirts and autographed theAsleeve with, “I heart Grace! Taylor,” before putting her arms aroundAthe little girl for photos and giving Grace another huge hug before taking the stage. Taylor Swift hugs Grace Markel Larry Busacca / Getty AccordingAto Amy, “Taylor’s mother told Grace she was so sorry about whatAhappened to her, and she gave me a hug saying she sympathized with what we’dAbeen through. It was so surreal andAamazing.” AlthoughAGrace was nervous to meet the singer, she said Swift was even moreA”nice and tall and pretty” than she expected.
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(Photo via Republic Records) While the lead single, Coldplay’s “Atlas,” has been out for a couple of weeks now, the soundtrack’s full rundown was just released Thursday, and it’s a doozy. Besides “Atlas,” there are tracks by ” Titanium ” crooner Sia, music legend Patti Smith, ” Royals ” rising star Lorde, ” Lights ” songstress Ellie Goulding, and ” The Voice ” coach and vocal run aficionado Christina Aguilera. (MIA from the list is ” The A Team ” crooner Ed Sheeran. He pitched three tunes for the “Catching Fire” soundtrack, and all three were turned down . He obviously doesn’t take no for an answer; he previously pitched songs for the “Twilight” soundtracks, and was summarily rejected then, too.) [SEE ALSO: Christina Aguilera Emotes Grandly on ‘We Remain’ ] The actual score for the first ” Hunger Games ” movie was an industrial-fused, dystopian sound trip, courtesy of James Newton Howard, who has also scored films like “King Kong,” “I Am Legend,” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.” However, the songs most people remember from the film, including closing track “Abraham’s Daughter” by Arcade Fire, come from companion soundtrack “The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond.” That album was curated by country legend T Bone Burnett and featured songs from lots of country/folksy acts like Taylor Swift (“Safe and Sound,” “Eyes Open”), The Civil Wars (“Kingdom Come”), and Miranda Lambert (“Run Daddy Run”). Even artists who traditionally didn’t record in that genre, like Kid Cudi and Maroon 5 (whose lead singer, Adam Levine, is also a “The Voice” judge), stripped down their sound for collection. [SEE ALSO: T Bone Burnett to Receive Maestro Award at Billboard & THR Film & TV Music Conference ] But now Burnett isn’t back and the new mastermind is Alexandra Patsavas , whose previous projects include “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The O.C.,” “Gossip Girl,” and yup, the “Twilight” films. Lest you think the film’s going to be overshadowed by its soundtrack, never fear. Here are 5 reasons why the “Catching Fire” soundtrack is not only perfect for the film, but also better than the first film’s set of tunes: 1. It fits with the movie plot better. “The Hunger Games” focused less on the titular games and more on Katniss herself ( Jennifer Lawrence ) and her desire to survive so she could return home. “Catching Fire” takes the plot way outside of the rustic District 12, and focuses on Katniss becoming a national symbol of revolution. So clearing out the folksy sound for something more varied, more cosmopolitan makes sense.
It can be downloaded in the iTunes store and on Google Play . Simply pick a card, personalize and send some love. Building on the success of its other mobile app platforms, American Greetings created the FREE Taylor Swift Greeting Card Mobile App to allow users to select, customize and send digital versions of popular Taylor Swift paper greeting cards from their mobile phone or tablet to a recipient via text message, email, Facebook and Twitter. Digital greetings within the app include both free cards and six uniquely created music cards that feature Taylor Swift popular hits including, “State of Grace,” “22,” “Starlight,” “Everything has Changed,” “Fearless” and “Stay Beautiful.” A seventh version featuring “Stay, Stay, Stay” will debut in September. To purchase one of the music cards, users can simply select the “Music Card” category, choose their preferred design, customize and send. Music cards can be purchased for $.99 USD, per send (or the currency equivalent internationally), and can be delivered via email to any special someone. Taylor Swift is a seven-time GRAMMY winning, multi-platinum recording artist with a gift for expressing real-life feelings and emotions in her songs. Combining a unique writing style with inspiring photography, expressive hand lettering, and whimsical, casual design, each card in the Taylor Swift greeting card collection by American Greetings is a story just waiting to be told. Inspired by the aesthetics and images from Taylor Swift’s fourth album, RED, the app launched with features unique to the Taylor Swift card collection that fans have grown to love for the past three years. These digital greeting cards feature ambient music from RED, and are for sharing a little happiness with all the awesome people in your life…on their birthday, a holiday, or any day you’re feeling especially grateful and want to let them know right now that you’re thinking of them. This app helps you find the perfect card, and then make it all your own. Add your own message, a favorite photo…you can even sign it on your touch screen. Then send it on its way via text, email, Facebook, or Twitter.
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Grace Markel was hit by a reckless driver while walking to Swifts concert in August. After recovering from multiple injuries, 7-year-old Markel attended Swifts Nashville show where the pop star surprised her young fan with a backstage meet and greet. People reports, Grace was struck by an SUV cruising at an estimated 30 miles per hour moments after Grace exited a taxi with her father near Swifts Red concert in Chicago. The driver of the SUV was uninsured and driving with a suspended license. Grace was hospitalized for the next two days and was treated for two skull fractures, a slight left orbital fracture, multiple head lacerations, a sever concussion, and road rash, ABC News reports. A month later, Graces parents, Amy and Will Markel, bought tickets to Swifts show in Nashville, so their daughter could finally see her idol. Not only did Grace see Swift in concert, but the pop singer invited her backstage. Taylor greeted Grace by her name and immediately knelt down and hugged her, Amy Markel said in an interview with People. She told Grace she had a cold and asked Grace to sing extra loud to help her out. Before leaving to take the stage, Swift posed for pictures with Grace and signed the sleeve of Graces Taylor Swift shirt with I heart Grace! Taylor. Although the young girl was nervous to meet her favorite singer, she described her as nice and tall and pretty. Grace was recently cleared to return to school and her normal activities. image: Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for MTV 5