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Taylor Ware was a yodeller from Season 1 of America's Got Talent. She finished the competition in the Top 5.


When Taylor Ware was 4, a family friend visited the house and overheard her singing. The friend talked Taylor's parents into letting Taylor perform at the local county fair. She hit the county fair stage at age 4 singing and playing her violin for 1,000+ people and loved every minute of it.

At age 6, she started singing at nursing homes and began her Adopt-a-Grandparent program that continues today. At age 7 she got a yodeling instruction book and tape while attending a music convention with a friend. She fell in love with yodeling. Taylor had never even heard of yodeling, and would not have ever tried it if not for this yodeling seminar given by Margo Smith. Taylor taught herself how to yodel using the instructional book and tape. She was surprised to win a talent contest in Branson, Missouri. Taylor then won a county fair talent competition singing Cowboy Sweetheart which sent her to the Illinois State Fair Talent competition where she placed second....all with her self-taught yodeling.

Later, after meeting Margo in Illinois, Taylor took yodeling lessons from her. She has also gotten pointers from some of her other yodeling mentors to fine tune her yodeling over the years such as Ranger Doug, Wylie Gustafson, Kenny Roberts, Carolina Cotton, Jewel, and Janet McBride.

Taylor won the Yahoo! Yodel Challenge National Championship at age 9 in New York City. She has performed on the world-famous Grand Ole Opry several times. [1]


Taylor Ware's audition in Episode 103 consisted of singing ""She Taught Me to Yodel." Piers Morgan, Brandy Norwood, and David Hasselhoff all voted "Yes," sending Taylor to the Semifinals.


Taylor Ware's Semifinals performance in Episode 104 consisted of singing and yodeling "I Want To Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart." Piers Morgan, Brandy Norwood, and David Hasselhoff all gave Taylor "✓" votes. Taylor finished in first place in America's Vote, sending her to the Finals in Episode 105 instead of second-place vote-getter All That!.


Before her performance, Taylor Ware was guided by celebrity coach Tom McBryde. Taylor's Finals performance in Episode 114 consisted of singing "Little Bitty" and yodeling. Piers Morgan, Brandy Norwood, and David Hasselhoff all gave Taylor "✓" votes.


At the finale, Taylor Ware was eliminated from the competition in Episode 115 after it was revealed that she finished the competition in either 4th or 5th Place along with Celtic Spring.


  • Taylor Ware was the first yodeler whose audition was televised in the history of America's Got Talent.
  • She was the first act to ever perform live on the show.

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