Taylor Swift’s Biography
Taylor uses her life experiences as an inspiration in her work. At one time, she became interested in musical theater and traveled regularly to New York City for vocal and acting lessons. One of her first singing opportunities was singing the Star Spangled Banner at a Philadelphia 76ers Basketball game. She soon shifted her focus toward country music. By the age 12, she started writing her own songs and playing the guitar. Realizing her love for music, her family sold their farm and moved to Henderson, Tennessee so that they could be close to the Music City of Nashville.
She traveled frequently with her mother to visit Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes where she was rejected. So she knew she needed to figure out a way to be different., performing at the Bluebird Café, she was offered a contract with Big Machine Records, her first single “Tim McGraw” became a Top 10 hit on the Country Charts. She won the Horizon award from the Country Music Association and top new female vocalist from the Academy of Country Music. Several songs that Swift wrote were from life experiences, such as anonymous crushes from high school and celebrities, where most subjects were factual observations and from real people. Taylor Swift’s debut album “Taylor Swift” was described as a small masterpiece of a pop minded country artist, her single “Our Song” made her the youngest solo writer and singer of a number one country song.
How Taylor Swift Inspires Me
The reason I chose to write about Taylor Swift is because she was the one who really sparked my love for music. I can listen to any song from any album of hers and know all of the words. From the newest album “Reputation” to her oldest album “Fearless” and every album in between, I know them all. No matter the situation she always seems to have a song that I can turn on and listen to and make me feel better.
Taylor is also a very independent, self-motivated, and ambitious young woman. I love her boundless energy and how she never stops working toward her goals. She is a role model to other young girls across the nation and even across the world, as well as me. I like how Taylor doesn’t let anyone push her around, and always finds a way to turn other peoples’ hate into success. The one aspect of Taylor Swift that has attracted me to her music was her breakup songs, and even though she gets a lot negativity from those songs she always comes off strong. Some people like to think she is naïve because all she seems to write about is romance, but in my opinion that is what gave her so much success in the first place and obviously it works. I believe she relates to many people of different ages through her songs and that without her songs music today would not be the same.
When the album Red which was released in 2012 that is when I first noticed her music was changing. While it was still considered “country” it just gave a different vibe. Her music contained pop, pop rock, and country, which is my favorite type. She was originally described as a country artist until 2014 where her release of the album 1989 which was considered cohesive pop, and from that point I think her music style completely changed the way she wrote and recorded music. I have admired her for many years because she was so young when she started and has turned into a super star in more than one style of music.
I believe that Taylor has had huge success in both genres of music and both make her who she is today. In my opinion the highlights in her career are winning 10 Grammys, 4 American Country Awards, 19 American Music Awards, 23 Billboard Music awards, and so much more. From all the successes that she has had, I feel she is one of the most talented artists for both types of music.
Although she has had many successes, I believe her low points are the many ways that people have tried to prey upon her fame, by bringing accusations against her such as stealing lyrics from songwriters to sexual assault on her. I truly believe that most of this is done just get their name in the spotlight to gain recognition for themselves and take credit for her fame.
Taylor Swift is such an amazing songwriter and musician, I feel that since she started so young there will be a lot more that Taylor will make in the future that change music as we know it today. I chose to write about her because she gained her fame at an early age and continues to be able to manage her life both in the spotlight and privately. I respect her and her music and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!