Seven-Year-Old Autistic Piano Prodigy Plays Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ From Memory

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Seven-year-old Jacob Velazquez can play the piano way better than most people – all ages included. But just like nearly everyone else, he’s also a die-hard Taylor Swift fan.

The young prodigy posted an epic, six-minute medley on YouTube of him covering nearly every song off Taylor Swift’s album 1989. And even more impressive, he does it all from memory.

Jacob was diagnosed with autism when he was 4, and his mom Tina explained his unique talent to Autism Speaks: “I sometimes sit with him at the piano and call out track numbers from [Taylor Swift’s] most recent album. Jacob will play the song that corresponds, without ever being taught the music notes.”

Unlike other kids who ask for toys or games, the only thing Jacob wants is to meet his idol. His mom tried to downplay the likelihood of that happening, saying “that she has millions of fans who would all love to meet her.”

But thanks to Taylor Swift’s ubiquitous presence online, Jacob’s 1989 piano medley managed to catch her eye and yesterday she tweeted: “@JacobsPiano I HAVE to give you a hug for that beautiful piano medley you did! Please come to a show on my tour and say hi to me? My treat.”

Jacob’s mom wrote on Autism Speaks that his birthday nearly coincides with a nearby Taylor Swift concert, which is sure to be a present he’ll never forget. As for Jacob himself? He tweeted a big thank you, plus the hashtag #BestDayEver.

However, Jacob’s piano skills aren’t limited to pop music, he’s just as good in the classical genre, showing off his chops on The View, Good Morning America, and the Steve Harvey Show.

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