taylor swift is an american singer-songwriter, musician and actress. She is one of the most influential and talented pop music artists of all time, with over 600 million album sales worldwide. She has received many awards and nominations, including two Grammy awards, and is known for her social activism and philanthropy. Swift has worked as a brand ambassador for various prestigious brands, such as Cover Girl and Diet Coke. She has also launched her own perfume line. She has starred in numerous musical tours like Fearless Tour (2009-2010), Speak Now World Tour (2011), Red Tour (2013), 1989 Tour (2015), and Reputation Stadium Tour (2018).
Born Taylor Alison Swift in Reading, Pennsylvania on December 13, 1989, she grew up on a Christmas tree farm with her parents and older brother Austin. After taking vocal and acting lessons in New York City, she shifted her focus to country music, inspired by the likes of Shania Twain and Faith Hill. She performed regularly at local talent contests and began to write songs.
In 2005, Taylor Swift caught the attention of record executive Scott Borchetta at a showcase in Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe. Borchetta was preparing to start an independent record label, Big Machine Records. He signed Taylor as one of its first signings, with her father purchasing three percent shares in the company.
Taylor’s self-titled debut album was released in 2006, charting at number five on the US Billboard 200. Following the album, she embarked on her first tour, the Fearless Tour. The record-setting tour earned her several accolades, including the CMA’s Horizon Award and ACM’s Top New Female Vocalist award.
Throughout the years, Taylor’s albums continued to dominate the charts, with Fearless, Speak Now, and 1989 all earning number-one status in the United States. In 2012, she recorded the soundtrack for The Hunger Games, contributing two original songs, “Eyes Open” and “Safe & Sound”. The album became a huge hit and earned Taylor the Artist of the Year award at the AMAs that year.
Her third studio album, Red (2012), delved further into the vagaries of love, with songs like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” becoming hits on both the country and pop charts. The album’s bold pop-rock sound was a departure from her earlier work, and helped propel her into the stratosphere of supernova stardom.
After a brief hiatus, Taylor returned with her sixth studio album, Reputation in 2017. It debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 and its lead single, “Look What You Made Me Do”, broke a YouTube record by racking up over 19 million views within the first day of release.
In the same year, Taylor was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to help victims of sexual assault and trafficking. She continues to make headlines with her philanthropic endeavors and is a global icon for young people. In addition to her many accolades, she has a reputation for navigating the media with ease and grace.