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Grant Mickelson

Grant Mickelson is a Nashville, Tennessee, based country, rock and jazz musician who specializes in electric and acoustic guitar. He also sings and plays mandolin. He’s originally from Iowa.

Grant currently plays lead guitar and sings background vocals for Big Machine Recording artist Taylor Swift, and has been part of her 2007 tours with George Strait, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney.

Grant was born in Sioux City, Iowa in April 30, 1984. He was very active in the local music scene. His passion for the guitar took him to Texas where he majored in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas. In 2004, he moved to Nashville, where he studied music at Belmont University and began making contacts in the music industry.

In addition to Taylor Swift, Grant has toured with other well-known country performers such as Sara Evans and Carolyn Dawn Johnson and has played lead guitar for Lady Antebellum as well as Damon Smith. Grant’s music career has included performances at the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Canadian Country Music Association Awards and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Yes, he’s the one with the hair.

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