Taylor Swift made a fan’s wedding even more memorable with her surprise appearance and a performance of “Blank Space.” The singer traveled to Brant Beach, N.J., to celebrate the marriage of fan Max Singer and Kenya Smith after hearing their story from Max’s sister Ali. Ali told Taylor that Max and Kenya wed in the hospital where Max’s late mother spent her final days; Taylor’s “Blank Space” was the mother and groom’s first dance song.
“Taylor knew exactly why she was coming there,” Michael Klebacher of Jersey Shore DJs said to Billboard. “She knew that the groom, who’s also in the military, is a superfan, and so is his wife. When his sister told this to Taylor, she was able to convey this.”
Klebacher described the experience as “cathartic” for Max and Kenya. “These people have lost so much, and give so much still. It’s fantastic.”
To prevent paps and fans from spoiling the surprise, the organizers kept the plans a secret for as long as they could — even from those involved. “I didn’t know anything really until about an hour beforehand,” Klebacher said; he knew a “surprise vocal guest” would perform, but had no idea it would be Taylor.
Klebacher is quick to defend Taylor against skeptics: “There are already people all over the internet who are saying, ‘Oh, this is such a cold and calculated move by Taylor for promotion,’ but nothing that I’ve seen would indicate that at all. I’m not seeing anything other than complete altruism.”
“If I wasn’t a Swiftie before this weekend, I am now,” he added.
Klebacher saw a number of jaws drop when Taylor made her appearance. “Nobody fainted from what I saw, but I think some people got dizzy. Even I was very surprised.”
“My two girls at home know about this now and they think I’m like an idol,” he joked. “[They keep going] ‘Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!'”
Klebacher was delighted to work with the “laid-back” and “kind” couple, and he couldn’t help but share in their elation. “I couldn’t imagine this happening to a nicer couple,” he said.