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Taylor Swift


 

“One of pop’s finest songwriters, country’s foremost pragmatist and more in touch with her inner life than most adults” – The New York Times

Taylor Alison Swift, the popular American country-pop singer-songwriter steps in to the field in 2006, after the release of her debut single ‘Tim McGraw’, which peaked at number six on the Billboard country charts.

Later in October 2006, she released her self-titled debut album, which produced five hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Swift was the biggest selling artiste of 2008 in America with combined sales of more than four million albums. Swift’s ‘Fearless’ and her self-titled album finished 2008 at number three and number six respectively, with sales of 2.1 and 1.5 million. In mid-January 2009, Swift became the first country artiste to top the 2 million mark in paid downloads with three different songs. As of the week ending February 8, 2009, Swift’s single ‘Love Story’ became the country song with most paid downloads in history.

• Birth name - Taylor Alison Swift
• Date of Birth - December 13, 1989
• Origin Wyomissing - Pennsylvania, U.S.
• Genre - Country pop
• Occupation- Singer-songwriter
• Instruments - Vocals, guitar, piano[1], ukulele[2]
• Years active – 2006 – present
• Label - Big Machine
• Website –
www.TaylorSwift.com

Early life and work
Swift was born in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Scott and Andrea Swift. She has one younger brother, Austin. Swift grew up on a Christmas tree farm outside of Reading, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a stock broker father and stay-at-home mother. When she was in fourth grade, Swift won a national poetry contest with a three-page long poem entitled ‘Monster In My Closet’. At the age of ten, Swift began to perform around her home town, singing at karaoke contests, festivals, and fairs, and also started writing songs.

Swift’s singing influences include her grandmother and LeAnn Rimes. Although her grandmother was a professional opera singer, Taylor’s tastes always ran more toward country and she developed a love for Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton at an early age. At age eleven, Swift made her first trip to Nashville hoping to obtain a record deal by distributing a demo tape of her singing with karaoke songs. Swift faced rejection, not just from record labels, but also from her peers.

Swift started writing songs and playing 12-string guitar when she was twelve. She began to regularly visit Nashville and wrote songs with local songwriters. At fifteen, she rejected a development deal with RCA Records because the company refused to allow her to record her own songs. Swift then performed at Nashville’s songwriters’ venue, The Bluebird Café, catching the attention of Scott Borchetta who signed her to his newly-formed record label, Big Machine Records. She also became the youngest staff songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing house.

Music career
2006–2008: Debut album Taylor Swift

Swift’s first single, ‘Tim McGraw’, was released to radio in summer of 2006 and on October 24, 2006, her self-titled album was released. Swift wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the album, which debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200 and sold just 39,000 copies during its first week. Swift has surpassed the 162 million mark for music streams on MySpace. She is currently ranked in the Top 10 for the most MySpace visits for all genres of music, and is MySpace’s current top-ranking Country artiste.

“I wrote the song in my freshman year of high school. I was dating a guy who was about to go off to college. I knew we were going to break up so I started thinking of all the things that I knew would remind him of me. Surprisingly, the first thing that came to mind was that my favourite country artiste, Tim McGraw,” says Taylor, on her song ‘Tim McGraw’.

The second single from the Taylor Swift album, ‘Teardrops on My Guitar’, was released February 24, 2007. The song was inspired by a true event during her time in high school in which she liked a boy named Drew Hardwick. She noted she heard ‘through the grapevine’ that Drew is well aware the song was written about him.

In October 2007, Swift’s song writing peers at the Nashville Songwriters Association International honoured her with their Songwriter/Artiste of the Year Award, making her the youngest artiste ever to win the award.
On November 7, 2007, Swift won the 2007 CMA Horizon Award and also performed ‘Our Song,’ the third single from her album.

2008: Fearless

Swift’s latest studio album, ‘Fearless,’ was released in the United States on November 11th, 2008. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
Swift is Billboard’s Top Country Artiste and Hot Country Songwriter of 2008; she is also country music’s best-selling artiste of 2008.

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