Taylor Swift Biography

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Name:  Taylor Alison Swift

Born:  December 13, 1989 (age 32) West Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Occupation: Singer-songwriter, record producer, actress, director, businesswoman

Years active: 2004 - Present

Genres: Pop, Country, Alternative, Folk, Rock

Instruments: Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Banjo, Ukulele

Labels: Republic, Big Machine

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

Father: Scott Kingsley Swift

Mother: Andrea Finlay

Brother(s): Austin Swift

Website: https://www.taylorswift.com/

1989: Born in West Reading, Pennsylvania.

2004: Worked with experienced Music Row songwriters such as Troy Verges, Brett Beavers, Brett James, Mac McAnally, and the Warren Brothers and formed a lasting working relationship with Liz Rose in Nashville.

2016: Released her album "Taylor Swift".

2007 - 2008 - Released four more singles, "Teardrops on My Guitar", "Our Song", "Picture to Burn" and "Should've Said No". All appeared on Billboard's Hot Country Songs with "Our Song", and "Should've Said No" reaching number one. In the same year, with "Taylor Swift", she was one of the recipients of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, becoming the youngest person to be honored with the title, won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Best New Artist, the Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Vocalist, and the American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.

October 2007: Released EP, "The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection".

July 2008: Released EP, "Beautiful Eyes".

November 2008: Released her second studio album "Fearless".

2008 - 2009: Released five singles, "Love Story", "White Horse", "You Belong with Me", "Fifteen", and "Fearless".  All five singles were Billboard Hot Country Songs top-10 entries, with "Love Story", the lead single and "You Belong with Me" peaking at No.1.

2009: The album "Fearless" debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album in the U.S. The music video for "You Belong with Me" was named Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards. In the same year, she also won  five American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Country Album, was named 2009's Artist of the Year by Billboard, 2009's Artist of the Year. Also, "Fearless" was named Album of the Year and Best Country Album, and "White Horse" won Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance. She won Album of the Year for Fearless and was named Entertainer of the Year, the youngest person to win the honor at the 2009 Country Music Association Awards.

August 2010: Released her lead single, "Mine" from her third studio album, "Speak Now".

October 2010: Released the album "Speak Now" and debuted at No.1 at the Billboard 200. It became the fastest-selling digital album by a female artist, and earning her an entry in the 2010 Guinness World Records.

2011: Won other awards for "Speak Now", including Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association, Woman of the Year by Billboard and Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. She also won Artist of the Year and Favorite Country Album at the American Music Awards of 2011. 

2012: Won Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for "Mean" at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.

August 2012: Released the lead single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" from her fourth studio album, Red. This song became her first No.1 in the U.S. and New Zealand and reached the top slot on iTunes' digital song sales chart 50 minutes after its release, earning the Fastest Selling Single in Digital History Guinness World Record. Also released other singles,"Begin Again", "I Knew You Were Trouble", "22", "Everything Has Changed", "The Last Time", and "Red". 

October 2012: Released the album, "Red". She incorporated new genres for the album, such as heartland rock, dubstep and dance-pop and debuted at No.1 on  the Billboard 200.

2013: Its single "I Knew You Were Trouble" won Best Female Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. She also received American Music Awards for Best Female Country Artist and Artist of the Year. She then received the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the fifth and sixth consecutive years. She was honored by the Association with a special Pinnacle Award, making her the second recipient of the accolade after Garth Brooks.

October 2014: Released her fifth album, "1989"  and debuted at No.1 at the U.S. Billboard 200. She earned a Guinness World Record to have three albums sell more than one million copies in their opening week. Its singles "Shake It Off", "Blank Space" and "Bad Blood", featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar, reached number one in Australia, Canada and the U.S.

2014: She was named Billboard's Woman of the Year and received the inaugural Dick Clark Award for Excellence at the 2014 American Music Awards.

2015: She won the Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist. The video for "Bad Blood" won Video of the Year and Best Collaboration at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. She was also one of eight artists to receive a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award at the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards.

2016: "1989" won Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, and "Bad Blood" won Best Music Video at the 58th Grammy Awards. 

November 2016: Released the song "Better Man" for Little Big Town's seventh album, The Breaker and earned her an award for Song of the Year at the 51st CMA Awards. 

August 2017: Released "Look What You Made Me Do" as the lead single from her sixth album, "Reputation".

November 2017: Released the album, "Reputation".

April 2018: Was featured on Sugarland's "Babe" from their album Bigger.

2018: She won four awards, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist at the American Music Awards (AMA). She has garnered a total of 23 awards, becoming the most awarded female musician in AMA history.

August 2019: Released her seventh studio album, "Lover". Singles like, "Me!", "You Need to Calm Down" and "Lover" topped in various charts.

2019: She was hornored as the global best-selling artist of 2019 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. The songs, "Me!" won Best Visual Effects, and "You Need to Calm Down" won Video of the Year and Video for Good at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

July 2020: Released her eight studio album , "Folklore".

November 2020: Released her concert documentary "Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions", which is directed by herself.

December 2020: Released her ninth studio album , "Evermore".

2020: Won three awards, including Artist of the Year for a record third consecutive time at the 2020 American Music Awards and Folklore won Album of the Year at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, making her the first woman in history to win the award three times.

2021: Released two re-recordings, adding "Taylor's Version" to their titles. The first, Fearless (Taylor's Version), peaked atop the Billboard 200. 

May 2021: She was awarded the Global Icon Award by the Brit Awards and the Songwriter Icon Award by the National Music Publishers' Association.

September 2021: Released the "Wildest Dreams (Taylor's Version)".

November 2021: Released the second re-recording "Red (Taylor's Version)".

Personal Quotes:

  • People haven't always been there for me, but music always has.
  • I never want to change so much that people can't recognize me.
  • No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.
  • I don't live by all these rigid, weird rules that make me feel all fenced in. I just like the way that I feel like, and that makes me feel very free.
  • Never to judge others based on whom they love, what color their skin is, or their religion.
  • I'm thankful that when I go to bed at night that I have been myself that day.

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