A shrewd, talented and savvy singer-songwriter who has the ability to tap into people’s emotions with her music. From pop-dance anthems to heart-rending country ballads, she can be the voice that carries you through good times and bad.
Taylor Swift grew up in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania and began singing karaoke and playing the guitar when she was ten years old. She wrote her first song at age twelve, “Tim McGraw”. After being discovered by Scott Borchetta during a songwriters showcase in Nashville, she signed to his Big Machine Records label in 2005. She worked diligently to promote her debut album, Speak Now, appearing on television and radio and performing as the opening act for other country artists across the US.
After the success of her second album Fearless, Taylor began to collaborate with other musicians and write songs for film and TV. She co-wrote with John Mayer on the film soundtrack for The Hunger Games, which won a Grammy award, and was also featured on the movie soundtracks for Valentine’s Day and Hannah Montana. She also wrote the single “Better Man” for Little Big Town’s seventh album, The Breaker, which reached number two on the Billboard US charts.
In 2012, Taylor released her fourth album RED, which topped the US chart and earned her multiple awards including Songwriter of the Year at the BMI Awards. She toured the world extensively to support the album and became one of the most successful female touring artists in the history of music.
Throughout the album, Taylor incorporated new production styles and collaborators like Max Martin and Shellback, as well as producers she had previously worked with like Nathan Chapman. The album also introduced a more mature tone to her music and saw her take on more serious topics such as love, loss and identity.
In 2017, Taylor continued to make headlines for her work both on and off stage, releasing the single “Look What You Made Me Do” with rapper Ed Sheeran, writing and recording a duet of “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack with Zayn Malik, and starring as Bombalurina in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats. She also filmed the documentary ‘Miss Americana’, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was later released on Netflix in January of 2021.
Despite the controversy surrounding her, Taylor continues to prove why she’s one of the most respected and influential singer-songwriters of her time. She is a force to be reckoned with and her music will continue to inspire generations to come.