taylor swift is a multi-platinum selling artist who has won several Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. She is also a songwriter and actress who has appeared in a variety of films and musicals, such as Cats. The pop star is a natural when it comes to self-promotion, and her brand of good girl/bad girl image has made her a global icon. She has been named Billboard’s Woman of the Year multiple times and is the most awarded female artist in music history with 23 VMA Awards.
At the age of 14, Taylor and her family moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Soon after, she began writing songs and working on her singing skills. She began to build a following on Myspace and was eventually discovered by Scott Borchetta, who signed her to his Big Machine Records. She soon began traveling to Nashville to work with professional songwriters and sharpen her skills.
After a few years of working on her craft, Taylor found that she had a knack for interpreting popular songs into country versions of herself. Her songwriting skills became more polished, and she landed a deal with RCA Records in 2004. She continued to develop her sound with a wide variety of songwriters, but she formed the strongest connections with Liz Rose. She worked diligently on her craft, often playing guitar four hours a day until her fingers would bleed.
In 2008, she released her debut album Fearless. The album was an enormous success, launching her career into the stratosphere. Taylor quickly began collecting accolades, and the next year she won the CMA award for New Female Vocalist of the Year and the Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance. She followed this success with two more albums, Speak Now and Red.
These three albums showcased a more mature and confident Taylor, and she started to make her mark in the film industry. She appeared in the romantic comedies Valentine’s Day and Miss Americana, and her acting skills were recognized with the role of Jenny Lewis in the Broadway production of Cats.
During her Red Era, Swift was not shy about addressing personal issues in her music. The lyrics to songs such as “Mean,” “Out of the Woods,” and “All Too Well” were rife with references to her romantic relationships, including those with John Mayer, Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, and Twilight series actor Taylor Lautner.
While Swift has largely avoided discussing her private life in interviews, she is a master of evoking emotion through her music. In songs like “White Horse,” she gives a voice to soldiers and frontline health-care workers, while delivering a poignant message of gratitude. The singer stretches outside her comfort zone, and she sounds amazing doing it. Her vocal range extends beyond her usual tenor, and she uses an Imogen Heap-style yawp that adds depth to the track. The sexy stomp of the R&B-influenced groove makes this song a must-listen for any Taylor Swift fan.