The once humble country singer and now pop superstar can’t help but dominate our music charts.
American singer-songwriter and actress Taylor Swift is topping charts once again with her latest teaser release Out Of The Woods in anticipation for her upcoming album 1989 in October.
At the age of just nine, Swift became interested in musical theatre and it was then that her love for music began. Swift travelled regularly to Broadway for vocal and acting lessons.
She spent her weekends performing at local festivals, fairs, coffee houses, karaoke contests, garden clubs and sporting events. At the age of 11, after many failed attempts, she won a local talent competition and was given the opportunity to appear as the opening act for Charlie Daniels at a Strausstown amphitheatre, proving that hard work does pay off.
Swift travelled with her mother to Nashville for spring break to leave a demo of her covers of Dolly Parton and Dixie Chicks. At the age of 12, she was inspired to write her first song, Lucky You. This introduced her to the world of song writing which she fell completely in love with, she then began to focus on song writing.
Her father transferred to the Nashville office of Merrill Lynch and the family relocated to Tennessee. Later, to accommodate her touring schedule, Swift transferred to the Aaron Academy, a private Christian school which enabled her to be home schooled.
Soon she was writing music with Liz Rose and recording demos with producer Nathan Chapman.
Swift left RCA Records when she was fifteen because they wanted her to wait until she was eighteen to release an album. At an industry showcase at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe in 2005, Swift caught the attention of Scott Borchetta, a DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form his own independent record label, Big Machine Records making her one of the label’s first signings.
Swift soon began working on her self-titled debut album. Swift wrote three of the album’s songs alone, including two singles, and co-wrote the remaining eight with writers such as Liz Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall and Angelo Petraglia.
In October 2006 Taylor Swift was released making her career begin to take flight on the internet gaining fans and praise all over MySpace and many other internet sites, which at the time was revolutionary for country music.
Following the release of her first single Tim McGraw in 2006, Swift also released four other singles throughout 2007 and 2008. They were Our Song, Picture to Burn, Should’ve Said No and Teardrops on My Guitar. Rising in popularity Our Song and Should’ve Said No both reached number one on the billboard charts making her the youngest person to write, sing and produce a number one country song.
Swift also released a holiday album, Sounds Of The Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection in 2007 and an EP in 2008 titled Beautiful Eyes.
She toured extensively throughout 2007 and 2008 with her Taylor Swift World Tour as well as being the opening act for many other concerts and tours.
Swift’s second album, Fearless, was released in November 2008. She wrote seven of the album’s songs alone, including two singles, and co-wrote the remaining six with songwriters Liz Rose, John Rich, Colbie Caillat and Hillary Lindsey.
Fearless reached number one on the album charts where it stayed for six weeks. The popular hit single from the album, Love Story, hit the charts at number four, while her other hit single You Belong With Me, hit number two. The album also contained the hit singles Fifteen and Fearless.
Because of the album Swift also won the Academy of Country Music Awards
At the age of just 19, in 2009, she also won the Billboard’s Artist of the Year award.
In 2010, Taylor released her third album entitled Speak Now. All 14 songs were written entirely by her. Eleven of her songs from her Speak Now album made it to the Hot 100 list in a single week. Swift won Billboard’s Woman of the Year Award in 2011, making her the youngest artist to ever receive the award.
From the album, a total of six singles were released including, Mine, Back to December, Mean, The Story of Us, Sparks Fly and Ours.
Swift released her fourth album Red in 2012. She wrote nine songs herself and the rest were co-written with Max Martin, Liz Rose, Dan Wilson, Ed Sheeran and Gary Lightbody. The lead single We Are Never Getting Back Together became Swift’s first single to reach number one on the charts. Another six singles were released from this album including, Begin Again, I Knew You Were Trouble, 22, Everything Has Changed, The Last Time and Red.
Sadly, this album won no awards but she is making a smashing comeback with her latest two releases Shake It Off and Out Of The Woods, off her upcoming album 1989.
She’s topping the charts and she’s topping our hearts. Can’t wait for this country pop beauty to release her album in just a few more sleeps! – Isabel Williams
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