Being a fan or not, there is no denying that Taylor Swift is one of the most influential musicians who has been breaking records in the music industry of her generation. She is an American singer and songwriter to have won awards for her singing and songwriting prowess.
She has gained huge fame and received love from all over the world for her music. Although you knew about Taylor Swift and her hit songs, there are a few things you may not know about her. She has faced a lot of obstructions in her career. Without a famous background or a billionaire background, she reached her success through her hard work.
Read to know her inspiring story of being successful in the music field.
Taylor Swift’s early life
Taylor Swift, in full Taylor Alison Swift, was born on December 13, 1989, in West Reading, Pennsylvania. She was born to Scott Kingsley Swift, a stockbroker, and Andrea Gardner Swift, who previously worked as a fund marketing executive. She has a brother called Austin who is an actor.
The early years of Taylor Swift were spent on the Christmas tree farm with her parents in nearby Wyomissing. She with her younger was raised as Presbyterian. She attended preschool and elementary school at the Alvernia Montessori school and during vacations, she use to attend Bible school.
Her grandmother had been a professional Opera singer. And so at age 9, Taylor Swift became interested in music and she started taking vocal and acting lessons in New York City. Her inspirations were Shania Twain and Faith Hill, and so she decided to focus on country music.
Taylor Swift first song
When she was at the age of 10, Swift was singing at a variety of local events, including fairs and contests. When she was around 12 years old, she learned to play guitar with the help of Ronnie Cremer, a computer Repairman. He helped her to write her first song.
Taylor Swift first song was “Lucky You”. With a help of a family friend manager, in 2003 Taylor Swift modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch.
The family supported her
She received the opportunity to attend meetings with major record labels. And finding her interest in country music, her father transferred his job to an office in Nashville. When she was 14 years old, the family relocated to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee. And there Taylor attended high school.
Her dedication to music
After locating in Nashville, Taylor Swift started to work with songwriter Liz Rose. Every Tuesday afternoon during two-hour writing sessions after school she attends to work with Liz Rose.
She became the youngest artist signed by Sony/ATV publishing house but she left the group because she believed that she was running out of time to capture the early years of her life on an album.
To Help her touring schedule through homeschooling, she transferred to Aaron Academy 2 years later, and a year early she graduated high school.
She was noticed for her talent
In 2005, at a showcase in Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, Taylor Swift caught the attention of Scott Borchetta, a record executive who was preparing to form an independent record label, Big Machine Records. Becoming one of the Big Machine’s first signings, her father purchased a three percent share of the company.
In 2006, her first single “Tim McGraw” was released and to her surprise, it became a Top 10 hit on the country charts. In that same year, on the month of October, this appeared on her self-titled debut album. This went on to sell more than 5 million copies peaking at number five on the Billboard 200 and spent the most weeks on the chart in the 2000s.
For Brad Paisley’s 2007 Tour, Swift was the opening act to promote her album. She spent 2006 and 2007 doing promotions on radio, and television and doing the opening act for country artists in the US.
Taylor Swift released four more singles from her debut album between 2007 and 2008 which appeared on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. She received critical praise and won the Horizon Award from the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award for top New Female Vocalist in 2007.
Saturday Night live
By 2009, Taylor Swift became a well-known celebrity. She was asked to host an episode of “Saturday Night Live,”. In the two-minute song, Swift sang about everything from ex-boyfriends who wronged her to current flings to her stolen VMA glory.
She was adored by plenty of non-country music fans. She became the first celebrity to write or rather sing her own opening monologue.
Set a Guinness world record
With the release of her third studio album, “Speak Now”, Swift set a Guinness World Record. The pop-country album which she wrote all the songs single-handedly, became the fastest-selling digital album by a female artist of all time. in its first week, it became selling an impressive 278,000 digital copies.
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” was the fastest-selling digital single, that reached 1 spot on Apple Music in just 50 minutes. She was reaching a wide range of audience.
In March 2014, Taylor while she worked on her fifth studio album moved to New York City.
In October 2014, 1989 was released as a step further away from her country music. It was a period of low album sales, but 1989, in its first week moved more than 1.2 million copies, making Swift the first artist to top the 1 million mark in opening-week sales for three albums.
“Shake It Off”, “Blank Space”, and “Bad Blood”, were the three of its singles and reached number one in Australia, Canada, and the US.
Highest earning celebrity
In 2012, the recordings, touring, and record settings earned her the top position on Forbes. She pulled $57 million that year and earned the rank of “Highest-Earning Celebrities Under 30”.
Once again in 2016, Taylor Swift would top the list, earning $170 million. And a few short years later, in 2019, she became the world’s highest-paid celebrity of any age, earning a cool $185 million.
Woman of the year
In 2014, Taylor Swift was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. She became the first and the only woman to win the award twice. She was highlighted for the fact that Swift had charted 60 entries on the Billboard Hot 100, which was a record for any female artist at the time.
As of today, Swift has had 168 entries on the chart, more than most other musicians of any gender.
During most of 2016, she was not seen on Social media as well as in the public eye. But then she came with one of the most successful comebacks in history with her sixth studio album, Reputation. the album’s lead single was “Look What You Made Me Do” and the music video broke the record for the most views in the first 24 hours of release.
It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. She became the first act to have four albums sell one million copies within one week in the US.
She went on board her reputation Stadium Tour, in support of reputation which ran from May to November 2018. In the US, the tour grossed $266.1 million at the box office and sold over two million tickets, breaking Swift’s own record for the highest-grossing US tour by a woman, which was previously held by her 1989 World Tour ($181.5 million).
It also became the highest-grossing North American concert tour in history which grossed $345.7 million. On December 31st, Swift released the reputation Stadium Tour concert film on Netflix.
The awards she received
1989 won 3 categories at the 58th Grammy Awards in 2016 and one of the categories was Album of the Year.
Taylor Swift became the first woman and fifth act overall to win Album of the Year twice as a lead artist.
She received the inaugural Dick Clark Award for Excellence at the 2014 American Music Awards.
Swift also won a BRIT, several VMAs, and multiple other accolades which solidified the 1989 era as the most awarded pop era of all time.
She collaborated with Zayn Malik early in 2017, on “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”, for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack which reached number two in the US and won Best Collaboration at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.
“Better Man” was released on Little Big Town’s seventh album, The Breaker, and earned Swift an award for Song of the Year at the 51st CMA Awards in 2017.
At the 61st Grammy Awards in 2019, the Reputation album was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album.
At the 2018 AMAs, Swift won four awards, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.
Taylor Swift received a total of 23 awards and became the most-awarded female musician in AMA history.
Personal life of Taylor Swift
The song, “Forever & Always,” by Taylor Swift is reportedly about Jonas in which it was circulated that Swift was dating Joe Jonas. But neither Swift nor Jonas acknowledged the relationship. Whatever their relationship, by the time Fearless was released, it seemed to turn sour.
Taylor Lautner who was one of the stars of the successful Twilight saga was romantically linked to Swift. They met while filming Swift’s big-screen debut Valentine’s Day but it did not last long and broke up in 2009.
Taylor Swift then dated Mayer but that ended on bad terms when she wrote the tell-all song “Dear John” about the womanizer, and it was just for a brief period.
Swift was romantically linked to Glee star Cory Monteith and Jake Gyllenhaal in 2010, and Conor Kennedy in 2012.
At the tail end of 2012, she dated another celebrity, bringing in the new year with One Direction’s Harry Styles, but the relationship ended in 2013.
In 2015, Swift dated Calvin Harris, a music producer, DJ, and singer, though the couple reportedly broke up in June 2016. Shortly thereafter, Swift began dating actor Tom Hiddleston, but the couple split three months later.
Swift’s been dating actor Joe Alwyn since October 2016. The couple met at the 2016 Met Gala and the actor inspired songs on her reputation album on songs like “Gorgeous” and “Call It What You Want”
Why is Taylor Swift the best?
She was really fond and passionate about her music career and so once she set it on her mind, she went on following it. This applies to anything that she is passionate about. At the age of 12, she learned how to play a 12-string guitar all by herself with a help of the repairman who taught her to play three cords.
The rest was all down to her. At least four hours a day was spent by her practicing until she got perfect in her playing skills.
She is a real estate Pro
Taylor Swift is well aware of how to invest her money wisely. She has got onto the property ladder and invested her cash in eight properties, over four states, that are worth over $81 million. Her property includes an estate and a house in Beverly Hills, a penthouse, townhouse, and condo in New York, an estate in Watch Hill, and an estate and condo in Nashville.
She is charitable
Taylor Swift gives back to the community out of the goodness of her heart. She had a fan whose mother had been in a coma for three years. Taylor donated $15,500 to her.
She donated $17,000 to her home library, and $10,000 to a service dog of a boy with autism.
Taylor has done many more since being in the limelight.
Taylor Swift is an inspiration who has taught us to keep following our passion. She never thought to step back in life and Kept on moving forward, chasing her dreams.
She was determined to accomplish in music and always stood confident about it. Success is not too far when you are hardworking. To achieve success, confidently go ahead chasing your dreams.
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