A American singer/songwriter who became the youngest artist in history to win the “Grammy Award” for “Album of the Year”, in 2010 at the age of 20. A superstar who managed to completely cross over from country to the mainstream. Taylor Swift is a multi-Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter. Numerous ‘Grammy Award’ winner and country-pop star Taylor is living every teenager’s dream. Born in a small town, she changed the way the current generation perceived country music. Being compared to the likes of legendary country artists, Swift was only 16 when she released her debut album. With the release of every album, she breaks her own record.
Birth Place & Early life:
Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, in West Reading, Pennsylvania. Her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, is a former stockbroker and her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift is a former homemaker who previously worked in finance. She was named after James Taylor, her mother believed that if she had a gender neutral name it would help her build a career. Taylor has a younger brother, Austin Kingsley Swift, who is an actor. Taylor spent her early years with her family’s Christmas tree farm. She attended Alvernia Montessori School. Taylor and Austin used to attend Bible classes as their parents were Presbyterian Church goers. The family moved to a rented house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, where she attended Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School. Taylor first hobby was horse riding. When she was only 9 months her mother placed her on a saddle, from then on horse riding became her hobby. She was gifted her own pony named Ginger. She began to show interest in music at the age of nine and performed in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions. Her grandmother Marjorie Finlay, had been a professional opera singer, and Taylor soon followed in her footsteps. After moving to Wyomissing, she joined the Youth Theatre Academy and regularly traveled to New York City, New York for vocal and acting lessons. After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Taylor felt sure she needed to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music. When she was around 12 years, computer mechanic and local musician Ronnie Cremer taught her to play guitar. He helped with her first efforts as a songwriter, leading her to write “Lucky You”. In Tennessee, Taylor attended Hendersonville High School, but was subsequently homeschooled for her junior and senior years, in 2008, she earned her high school diploma.
Taylor Swift released her debut album, “Taylor Swift”, in October 2006 and received generally positive reviews from music critics. In Nashville Tennessee, Taylor worked with experienced Music Row songwriters such as Troy Verges, Brett Beavers, Brett James, Mac McAnally, and the Warren Brothers, and formed a lasting working relationship with Liz Rose. They began meeting for one to two hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school. Liz Rose thought the sessions were “some of the easiest I have ever done. Basically, I was just her editor. She’d write about what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to say. Taylor released her first single, “Tim McGraw,” in 2006, and the song became a Top 10 hit on the country charts. It also appeared on her self-titled debut album in October of that same year, which went on to sell more than 5 million copies. She wrote the song in a math class while recalling her senior year boyfriend. The following year, she released her holiday album, which was titled ‘Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday collection’. And while she continued to open for legendary artists, she continued to promote her debut album as well. Her second studio album, “Fearless”, was released on November 11, 2008.The lead single, “Love Story”, was released in September 2008. It peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one in Australia. More popular singles soon followed, including “Our Song,” a No. 1 country music hit. “Teardrops on My Guitar,” “Picture to Burn” and “Should’ve Said No” were also successful tracks. Four more singles were released throughout 2008, 2009 : “You Belong with Me”,”White Horse”, “Fearless” and “Fifteen”.
“You Belong with Me” was the album’s highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number two. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the USA.
In 2009 CMT Music Awards, Taylor won Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year for “Love Story”, and made a parody video of the song with American rapper T-Pain called “Thug Story,” which aired during the show. That year she won five American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Country Album. At the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, “Fearless” was named Album of the Year and Best Country Album, and “White Horse” was named Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Taylor Swift was the youngest artist to win Album of the Year.
Taylor made her TV acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a rebellious teenager. The New York Times noted the character allowed Swift to be “a little bit naughty, and credibly so”.
In August 2010, Taylor released “Mine”, the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now. It entered the United States charts at number three, making Swift the second female artist in the history of the Hot 100 to debut multiple tracks in the top five in one year. Three of the album’s singles, “Mine”, “Back to December”, and “Mean”, peaked in the top ten in Canada,while in the United States, the earlier two along with the title track peaked in the top 10 of the Hot 100 chart. “Mean” won Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. Other single released from the album “Red”, was released on October 22, 2012, incorporating new genres for Swift, such as heartland rock, dubstep and dance-pop. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This marked the highest opening sales in a decade in the United States, and made Taylor the first female to have two million-selling album openings, a record recognized by the Guinness World Records.
In March 2014, Swift relocated to New York City, New York. In 2015, Swift won the Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist. Swift released “Reputation” in November 2017. In April 2018, Taylor featured on Sugarland’s “Babe” from their album Bigger. She released her seventh studio album, Lover, on August 23, 2019. “Lover” was Swift’s sixth consecutive album to sell more than 500,000 copies in a single week, making Swift the first female artist to do so. All 18 songs from the album charted on the Billboard Hot 100 the same week, setting a record for the most simultaneous entries by a woman.It was the world’s best-selling studio album of 2019, selling 3.2 million copies.
Swift eighth studio album, “Folklore”, was a surprise album released on July 24, 2020. Written and recorded while She was in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Folklore sold 2 million units worldwide within its first week and broke the record for first-day album streams by a female artist on Spotify. Swift 9th studio album, “Evermore”, was released on December 11, 2020. Described as a “sister record” to Folklore.
Awards & Achievements:
Taylor Swift has won 10
Grammy Awards,an Emmy Award, 32 American Music Awards (most wins by an artist),
23 Billboard Music Awards (most wins by a female artist), 12 Country Music
Association Awards (including the Pinnacle Award),8 Academy of Country Music
Awards, 7 Guinness World Records and a Brit Award.