Early Life and Career Beginnings
Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. As a child, she lived with her mother, father, and younger brother Austin on a Christmas tree farm. From a very early age Swift showed a passion for music. At age nine, she participated in musical theatre and would perform in youth theatre productions. She also would travel to New York City with her mom for vocal and acting lessons. At age 14, she began to learn to play the guitar which prompted her to write her first song called “Lucky You”. In 2003, Swift performed at an RCA Records showcase and was given an artistic development deal. This prompted Swift and her mother to make trips to Nashville, Tennessee quite often. About a year later Swift and her whole family moved to Nashville to help Swift in her efforts to further her music career. Swift left RCA Records after a year but continued to create and produce music in the Nashville music scene. In 2005, she performed at an industry showcase at Bluebird Café. Scott Borchetta, a DreamWorks Records executive, liked her sound and wanted to sign her to his newly found indie label called Big Machine Records. And just like that, Swift became one of Big Machine Records first signees.
The first single Swift released was titled “Tim McGraw” in June of 2006. Later that year, Swift released her self-titled debut album. Taylor Swift peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums. The album is currently certified 7X Platinum by the RIAA. Swift was only 16 at the time but had written three of the songs on the album and co-wrote the rest of the songs becoming the youngest person to write and perform a number-one song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. With the success of Taylor Swift came numerous accolades for the young country star. She became the youngest artist to win the Nashville Songwriters Association’s Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007. In addition to this, she also won Country Music Association’s Horizon Award for Best New Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards’ Top New Female Vocalist, and the American Music Awards’ Favorite Country Female Artist. In 2008, she was nominated for her first Grammy Award for Best New Artist. All of this was just the beginning of a wildly successful career for Swift.
In November of 2008, Swift released her second studio album called Fearless. Fearless had five singles which included “Love Story”, “White Horse”, “You Belong with Me”, “Fifteen”, and “Fearless”. “You Belong with Me” became the album’s highest charting single, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Fearless debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the United States. At the 2010 Grammy Awards Swift won multiple awards. She became the youngest artist ever to win Album of the Year. She also won Best Country Album, Best Country Song for “White Horse”, and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “White Horse”. The album is now certified Diamond by the RIAA in the United States. During all this success Swift was wrapped up in a storm of media attention when rapper Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Regardless of this controversy, Swift held her head high and continued to make music for her fans.
Speak Now and Red
Swift’s third studio album was titled Speak Now and was released in October of 2010. It debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and won an official Guinness World Record for fastest-selling digital album by a female artist. The album had six singles titled “Mine”, “Back to December”, “Mean”, “The Story of Us”, “Sparks Fly”, and “Ours”. Each single reach either platinum status or multi-platinum status from the RIAA. “Mean” won Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Speak Now was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Album and is now certified 6X Platinum by the RIAA.
Red was released a few years later in October of 2012. It was Swift’s fourth studio album and became an instant success. It its first week of sales, 1.21 million copies were sold – making Swift the first female to have two million-selling album openings. The album earned two Grammy nominations including Best Country Album and Album of the Year. It also won Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Country Album at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. Taylor Swift was at the top of her game and she wasn’t about to slow down anytime soon.
Swift’s fifth studio alum was just as successful as her past works. 1989 dropped on October 27, 2014 and sold 1.28 million copies in its first week. This broke another world record, making Swift the only artist to have three million-selling album openings. 1989 was Swift’s first official pop album as she began to move away from her country roots. It was clear that the shift in genre was no problem for the young artist. “Shake It Off” was the lead single for the album which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Two other singles from that album that also peaked at number 1 were “Blank Space” and “Bad Blood” (feat. Kendrick Lamar). 1989 ended up winning Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year in 2016 at the Grammy Awards, while “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space” were both nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance.
Reputation was released on November 10, 2017 as Swift’s official sixth studio album. The album peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and is currently certified 3X Platinum by the RIAA. “Look What You Made Me Do” is the lead single for the album which was a chart topper. Other singles from the album included “…Ready For It?” and “End Game” (feat. Ed Sheeran and Future). The Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour kicked off on May 8, 2018 in support of Reputation. Charlie XCX and Camila Cabello are also on the tour with Swift.
If you want to see Taylor Swift perform live now is your chance! Swift is one of the most successful artists in music history. She has won nineteen American Music Awards, twenty-three Billboard Music Awards, ten Grammy Awards, and even one Emmy Award. She currently holds the Guinness World Record for Highest Annual Earnings Ever For a Female Pop Star (2017). Whether it is country or pop Swift is performing, she can hit the nail on the head every time. Do not miss out on seeing this one of a kind music star live in concert. TicketNetwork has your access for all Taylor Swift tickets. Get in on the action and grab your Taylor Swift tickets today!