Taylor Swift has won countless awards and is one of the most successful artists in the world. She is also known for her generosity and has donated to many charities such as the Red Cross, The Salvation Army and more. She has a massive following on social media and has been voted Time’s most influential person in the world twice.
Born in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Taylor was inspired to start singing and writing at a young age. She began her career at the local level and performed at karaoke bars before being discovered by talent scouts at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. She signed with Big Machine Records and released her eponymous debut album in 2006. The album made a huge impact on country music and established Taylor as a major star.
Fearless was followed by a second studio album, Speak Now, in 2010 which saw Taylor move away from her country roots and explore pop. The record reached number 1 on both the country and pop charts and became a huge success worldwide. It established Taylor as a crossover artist and paved the way for her future albums.
The release of 1989 marked a departure from the more popular sound of previous records, with a more mature and introspective tone. The album was met with critical acclaim and the hit single, “Shake It Off” became a global phenomenon. The album’s success saw it break multiple records and establish Taylor as a global superstar.
With her sixth studio album, reputation, Taylor delved into even more personal and raw material. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and went on to become her most successful to date with over a million copies sold in the first week. It was a huge commercial success and featured collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Beyonce and more.
This era also saw Taylor begin to branch out into acting and has appeared in several movies including Valentines Day, The Giver and more. She also voiced the character of Audrey in the animated film The Lorax and starred as Bombalurina in the movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats.
In 2022, she teamed up with director Joseph Kahn to create the documentary Miss Americana which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The film chronicles part of her life and career over the years and is available to watch on Netflix.
After disappearing from the public eye for most of 2016 and releasing a surprise EP in 2017, Taylor returned with her seventh studio album, folklore, in 2021. The record was co-written with the likes of Bon Iver, Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff and was more experimental than previous Taylor releases. It features a collaboration with the Haim sisters as well. The record was a huge success and was nominated for a Grammy. In addition, it was the fastest selling album of the year. It was a return to form for Taylor who was able to recapture her old fans and new audiences alike with the release of this record.