Priscilla Block paid tribute to her musical hero, Taylor Swift, with a stunning performance.
Block paid homage to Swift on Wednesday, June 9, as the 2021 National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) honored Swift with the Songwriter Icon Award. The “Just About Over You” singer performed a medley of Swift’s early hits such as “Tim McGraw,” “Teardrops On My Guitar,” and “Sparks Fly.”
Prior to performing, Block shared her motivational story to never give up on your dreams. As she moved to Nashville with the goal of writing music and becoming a singer/songwriter, inspired by her musical influence, Swift. Although she went through some hardships and tough times, Block is now fulfilling her lifelong dreams and even has her debut single, “Just About Over You,” climbing the country radio charts.
Her story all starts when she learned how to play Swift’s song “Tim McGraw” on guitar at age 15 and then one day after living in Nashville for some time working at a yogurt shop and being unable to pay her bills, the singer reached her breaking point and was ready to call it quits. That is until, that same day, when her idol, Swift, was driving along and noticed Block walking, wearing her t-shirt, which prompted Swift to pull over to greet Block and that was the day Block decided to quit her job and pursue music full time. The choice was definitely the correct one, as she has now grown into an amazing artist with an inspiring story of her own.
“I am so excited to be here to honor one of my heroes, Taylor Swift,” Block gushed ahead of her performance.
Block explained, “I started writing songs because of Taylor, I wanted to move to Nashville and be a country artist because of Taylor and my first year in Nashville was one for the books. It was just super hard, I was this young girl, I had no clue what I was doing. I had no clue how to even start. And anybody that knows me knows that I’m the biggest Taylor Swift fan. I was the girl learning ‘Tim McGraw’ on guitar at 15. So, I was about a year into Nashville and I had called my sister and was working at this yogurt shop and it was just my full on melt down day. ‘It’s time to leave town. What am I doing here? I can’t pay my bills, I’m depressed, I came out here to write songs and i’m not even writing songs.”
The North Carolina native continued to explain how that same day of her meltdown, she casually met her hero while walking down a Nashville road.
“That [same] day Taylor Swift was driving by and I happened to be wearing a Taylor Swift t-shirt and she pulled her car over to the side of the road and hopped into her passenger seat and was like ‘Hey! I love your shirt’ and I was like ‘Hey! I love you,'” Block shared. “Anyways we talked for a little bit, I don’t even think I told you that I did music but here I am, I am so excited to be here but that was the day I decided to quit my job and quit school and give music a shot.”
During Taylor’s virtual acceptance speech on Wednesday (June 9), the superstar spoke about why the acknowledgement from the NMPA is so meaningful to her.
“It honors the part of my job that is so magical and mystifying to me still,” she said of the award. “I love songwriting so much because there’s an element to it that’s still really mysterious.” Later adding, “I think any songwriter will tell you when you get an idea, you’re not quite sure where it floated down from, But if you can grab onto that idea and turn it into something — a piece of music — that’s where craftsmanship comes in. And that’s where you have the opportunity to learn and to nurture that craft.”
Following Block’s impressive Swift Medley honoring the superstar, she received a gorgeous flower arrangement from Swift, thank her for her performance
“Priscilla, Thank you for your beautiful performance!!! So grateful for you and cheering you on every step of the way,” a notecard with the flowers read signed by Taylor.
“Oh my gosh, oh my goodness,” Block gushed full of emotion when seeing the arrangement. “I just came home to the most beautiful flowers.”
Click above to watch Block’s performance medley, tributing Swift.
Additionally, Block is set to perform alongside Brad Paisley during the 2021 ‘Let Freedom Sing’ event in Nashville on July 4.