Taylor Swift was born in 1989 in Kentucky. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 and soon signed a songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and a recording deal with Big Machine Records. Her eponymous debut album was released in 2006.
After her breakthrough success, Taylor Swift began to rerecord early material in an effort to take control of her sound. The result was Fearless (Taylor’s Version), a remake of the 2008 album with previously unreleased tracks. The album sold 1.2 million copies in its first week, and the lead single, “Red,” reached the top of the charts. Swift has since continued to expand her career, releasing more music than ever.
The popularity of Swift’s debut album has continued unabated. Her album is now the top-selling album on iTunes, and she has even signed a record deal with Universal Music. Taylor Swift is also a humanitarian, donating $50,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The star also teams up with UNICEF to fund a tap-project initiative. She makes her album’s video debut at the Stand Up to Cancer benefit.
While her early career made her one of the most successful women of our time, her success has transcended her country roots. She continues to remain down-to-earth, and she offers valuable lessons for pursuing dreams. In 2010, she won a Grammy Award for best album. Currently, she has sold over 200 million albums worldwide. She has won eleven Grammy Awards, three Album of the Year awards, 25 Billboard Music Awards, and 58 Guinness World Records.