Taylor Swift’s musical career began at a young age. She won a talent contest at age eleven and performed LeAnn Rimes’ song “Big Deal” at Strausstown Amphitheater. In 2005, she signed with Big Machine Records under the leadership of Scott Borchetta. After seeing the teen’s talent, Borchetta decided to sign her. Swift’s first hit single was “Shake It Off,” inspired by a country artist she admired.
Taylor Swift has a diverse background that includes German, English, and Scottish ancestry. She is also of Irish descent. Her parents were both farmers, and Taylor was raised on their eleven-acre Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania. She went on to attend Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School.
Swift’s music has won many awards. In 2010 she became the youngest artist to win a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. She was also named Billboard Woman of the Year. She has also won American Music Awards for Artist of the Year, the CMA Award, and the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year. Her songs have sold over two hundred million albums worldwide.
Swift released her seventh studio album, Lover, in 2019. She also starred in a musical adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Cats. She has also been the subject of a documentary called Miss Americana, which chronicles her life and career. In 2020, she released folklore, a lyrical work that marked a departure from her pop-informed previous albums. This album won the Grammy Award for album of the year, and later in 2020, she released her fifth album, Evermore.
In 2009, Swift began her first headline tour, playing to sold-out venues across North America. The following year, she won four CMA awards, including Entertainer of the Year. Swift also won the Academy of Country Music’s Album of the Year. It was the first female artist to win the award in the category since 1999.
After a successful debut album, Swift went on to create a follow-up that would appeal to a broad audience. She continued to make appearances in movies and continued her acting career in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, in which she played a character. After a successful tour, Taylor Swift released a new album in 2012, “Red.” The album was a departure from her earlier country roots, and it was Swift’s first “official pop album”. The lead single, “Shake It Off”, became her first number-one single.
After leaving Big Machine, Swift signed with Universal Music Group and Republic Records. In the process, Swift’s former label, Big Machine, was sold to talent manager Scooter Braun, who managed Kanye West. Swift publicly criticized this deal, saying that it was unfair and sexist. However, Kanye West’s wife released a recording where Swift was asked to approve the line in “Famous”. However, Swift later said that West never called her a bitch.