At age 9, Taylor Alison Swift began taking vocal and acting lessons in New York City and also worked on a Christmas tree farm with her parents. She developed a love for country music, inspired by Shania Twain and Faith Hill. Swift started to win local talent contests and eventually performed at a Charlie Daniels amphitheater.
After winning several awards, Taylor grew increasingly popular and gained public attention. She released her debut album, ‘Taylor Swift’ in 2006 and was subsequently signed by Big Machine Records. The album was a huge success, selling over 7.75 million copies worldwide. Following the success of her debut album, Taylor toured extensively and appeared in numerous films.
She is known for her distinctive style and atypical lyrics, often dealing with sensitive issues such as love, heartbreak and loneliness. She has become one of the most successful pop artists of all time, earning 23 Grammy Awards and a record-breaking number of American Music Awards nominations. She has also been named Artist of the Year on three occasions by the AMAs and has received several other industry accolades.
In addition to being a celebrated singer-songwriter, Taylor is an active philanthropist and has contributed to numerous charities. She is an advocate for equal rights for women and girls, as well as LGBT rights. She has also donated to cancer research and helped raise money for the AIDS Foundation. She has also promoted youth service programs, including the Global Youth Service Day and MusiCares.
Taylor’s fourth studio album, RED (2012), was a worldwide hit, with a first week sale of more than 1.21 million copies. It incorporated new genres for her, including dubstep and dance pop influences. The album also included collaborations with producers and songwriters such as Max Martin, Shellback and Nathan Chapman. During the RED era, Taylor also wrote two tracks for Disney Channel’s ‘Hannah Montana’ and the soundtrack to the movie Valentine’s Day.
In 2016, Taylor surprised fans with the release of her sixth studio album, reputation, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The album was preceded by its lead single, “Look What You Made Me Do”, which broke a record for the most number of views in 24 hours. It was the highest-charting single of the year by a female artist.
In late 2018, Taylor went on a hiatus from the public and social media, but returned in 2019 with the release of her eighth studio album, folklore. The album was recorded in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic and features a range of genres, with contributions from Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver. It became the world’s best-selling album of 2019, with Swift becoming the first female artist to have eight consecutive albums top the charts. It won multiple accolades and was the most-awarded album of the year by a female artist. This was followed by a worldwide tour. Taylor has a unique talent for writing catchy choruses and motivational lyrics that capture audiences all over the world.