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Recognized early on for her musical abilities by Sir Elton John, she signed with his international music management company, Rocket Music, and later signed a publishing agreement with Sony ATV that cataloged her 225 plus songs on her 18th birthday. She was a gymnast and cheerleader growing up, winning state championships in floor exercises and vaulting. She sang chorus in middle school and started writing music at age 12. She picked up a guitar when she was 13 and wrote her first song, "Polish the In," just before turning 14. She was awarded the Bill Lowery Horizon Award by the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in October of 2012. She was born in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and moved to a house her parents built in the Northern Georgia mountains when she was a year and a half old. She moved to Cumming, Georgia when she was 5. She signed with Rocket Music, a management company who also represents James Blunt and Ed Sheeran. [+]