TAYLOR SWIFT

TAYLOR SWIFT

A grammy winning country pop star Taylor Alison swift was born on  December 13, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania to Scott Kingsley Swift, a financial advisor and her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift, a homemaker who worked previously as a mutual fund marketing executive. She has a younger sibling named Austin.  Her grandmother was a professional opera singer

Swift was raised in the Christmas tree farm in Cumru Township, Pennsylvania. She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori school. After which she was transferred to the Wyndcroft School. Her family moved to a rented house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. She attended Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School. At the age of nine, Swift grew interest in musical theater and performed in four Berks Youth Theater Academy productions. She also traveled regularly to New York City for vocal and acting lessons. She was then inspired by Shania Twain’s songs, and was more interested in country music. She spent her weekends performing at local festivals and events. After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure that she needed to go to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her music career. At the age of eleven, she traveled with her mother
to visit Nashville record labels and submitted a demo tape of Dolly Parton and Dixie Chicks karaoke covers. However, she was rejected ad she remembers what she thought for that failure. she says, “everyone in that town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to figure out a way to be different”.

When Swift was about 12 years old, a computer repairman taught her how to play three chords on a guitar. Her first effort as a songwriter was “Lucky You”. In 2003, Swift and her parents started working with New York-based music manager Dan Dymtrow. He helped Swift and she landed up modelling for Abercrombie & Fitch as part of their “Rising Stars” campaign, had an original song included on a Maybelline compilation CD, She then attended meetings with major record labels. After performing original songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was given an artist development deal and began making frequent trips to Nashville with her mother. To nurture Swift’s talent and help her break into country music, her father transferred to the Nashville office of Merrill Lynch when she was 14, and the family relocated to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Swift attended public high school there but after two years she joined the Aaron Academy, and she graduated a year early with excellent grades. She signed with the independent label Big Machine Records and became the youngest artist ever signed by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house. In 2006, she released her debut album “Taylor Swift” and started her career as a country music singer. The album’s third single, “Our Song”, made her the
youngest person to single- handedly write and perform a number-one song on the Hot Country Songs chart. Her next album “Fearless” was released in 2008. The success of the singles “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me” made the album “Fearless”, the best-selling album of 2009 in the United States. She won four Grammy Awards and was tagged the youngest Album of the Year winner.

In 2009, Swift appeared in the late-night show Saturday Night Live. She made her film debut in the following year. Swift was the sole writer of her 2010 album “Speak Now.” The single “Mean” won two Grammy Awards. Her fourth album “Red” was released in 2012 which included successful singles “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble”. Her fifth album “1989” was released in 2014. she became the first singer to have a million copies of three album sold within one week in the United States. Its singles “Shake It Off”, “Blank Space” and “Bad Blood” reached number one in the US, Australia and Canada. The album received three Grammy Awards. She became the first woman and fifth person overall to win Album of the Year twice. The 2015 eponymous concert tour for “1989” became successful.

As a songwriter, Swift has received awards from the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She is also the recipient of ten Grammy Awards, five Guinness World Records, one Emmy Award, 23 Billboard Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and one Brit Award. Swift is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums. She has appeared in Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2010 and 2015. She was listed in  Forbes’ top-earning women in music from 2011 to 15 and Forbes’ 100 most powerful women in 2015. She also became Forbes Celebrity 100 in the year 2016. She was the youngest woman to be included in the third of these and ranked first in Celebrity 100.

Swift’s personal life has been the subject of constant media attention. Swift  dated Joe Jonas in 2008 and after the break up she met actor Taylor Lautner and was in relationship with him in 2010. Swift then dated singer John Mayer for a brief period, which ended on bad terms whem she wrote the tell-all song entitled “Dear John” about the womanizer. Swift was romantically involved with Glee star Cory Monteith and Jake Gyllenhaal in 2010. She also dated Conor Kennedy—son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.in 2012 but she reportedly dated One Direction’s Harry Styles at the end of 2012 but the relationship ended in 2013.
In 2015, Swift dated Calvin Harris, a music producer, DJ and singer, however, the couple reportedly broke up in June 2016. Swift began dating actor Tom Hiddleston but the couple split three months later.

Swift is a phenomenon singer and songwriter who has made a major and successful transition from a country to the mainstream pop music. Taylor for sure made it to the top!!

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