Taylor Swift is an American singer and songwriter. She was born in West Reading, Pennsylvania, on December 13, 1989. Her father is a stockbroker. In 2000, Swift was introduced to country music. The next year, she won the Teen Choice Award for Movie Female Breakout. She later moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and studied music and acting.
Swift’s debut album, self-titled, was released in 2006. It sold 39,000 copies in its first week and reached the number 5 position on the Billboard 200. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” became her first top ten single.
Taylor Swift’s second studio album, Fearless, explored a more country pop sound. Although the lead single, “Love Story,” failed to hit the top ten, it reached the number four spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Another single, “Beautiful Ghosts,” earned Swift a Grammy nomination. Similarly, her third studio album, Speak Now, featured a more country pop approach to songwriting. However, her fourth, Red, strayed from country pop in favor of a more rock and electronic style.
At age nine, Swift began taking vocal lessons in New York City. She studied musical theatre and took part in a local talent show. After auditioning for a recording label, she signed with Big Machine Records. She also worked with Nathan Chapman, who encouraged her to branch out in other genres.
After her first EP was released, Swift signed a recording contract with Big Machine Records. She later signed a multi-album deal with Universal Music Group. This contract, which included a record deal with Republic Records, was the end of her tenure with Big Machine. During the two years that she spent on Big Machine, she toured the world and received accolades for her work.
On January 12, 2020, the film “Miss Americana” aired on Netflix. The documentary was based on Swift’s life, including the making of her recent studio albums. It also covered the recent sexual assault trial of Taylor’s friend, Keith Urban, and how it affected her music career. A limited theatrical release of the film was held as well.
Following her success in music, Taylor Swift joined the Florida Georgia Line as an opening act for their tour. Later, she performed at the Los Angeles MTV VMAs and the Frankfurt MTV Europe Music Awards. Her song “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” was nominated for the Best Collaboration award at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.
Swift also participated in the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack with Zayn Malik. Her song was also nominated for Record of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards. As of 2018, Swift has won three MTV Europe Music Awards and has been nominated for a total of six Grammy awards.
After releasing her third studio album, Safe & Sound, in 2013, Swift embarked on a six-month tour. In addition, she released a concert film, Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions, on Disney+.
The following year, Taylor Swift starred in a musical, Cats, and released her seventh studio album, Lover. She also acted in The Giver (2014), and The Lorax (2012).