Taylor Swift Essay

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I love and listen to all different types of music, from Red hot chili peppers to Garth Brooks. I have been to a handful of concerts in all different types of venues. I’m a lover of all music, but if I had to choose one musical artist that has inspired me in my everyday life it would be the country pop star Taylor Swift.
Taylor Alison Swift was born December 13, 1989. She grew up on a humble Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania, where she spent most of her early childhood. Ever since the age of 5 she began fashioning songs (Taylor Swift Biography). By the age of 10 she started performing at local events in her home town, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. At age 12 a computer repair man taught her a few chords on the guitar, and that’s where her song writing career began. When she was 14 her very supportive family moved to Nashville, Tennessee, the country capital of the world, so young Swift could pursue her music career. Taylor scored a record deal with RCA records, but it did not last long. She left a year later because they wanted her to sing songs that other people wrote, not her own writing material. They also wanted her to wait until she was 18 to release her first album. Taylor had to make a huge decision at a young age to stay with RCA and sing other people songs or leave and have the chance of singing her own songs. She made the choice to leave, and it was probably the best decision she has ever made.
In 2005, Swift was playing a gig at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, and caught the ear of Scott Borchetta. Borchetta was and ex DreamWorks records executive, considering starting his own music label. After Taylor’s performance, eager Scott approached her and asked if she wanted to take a risk with him and be one of the first artists to sign with Big Machine Records. Swift agreed, and just a short year later in 2006, her self-title debut album, Taylor Swift, was released. She soon soared to the top with hits like “Tim McGraw”, “Our Song”, and “Teardrops on My Guitar”. In 2008, she released her second album Fearless. Swift had high expectations to keep the positive response she got from her first album. Fearless went way beyond her expectations, and debuted number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Her single “You Belong With Me”, won Female Video of the Year at the MTV Music Awards. While accepting the award Swift was rudely interrupted by rapper Kanye West, saying that fellow musician Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time with her single “Single Ladies”. Swift was humiliated, but handled the situation very maturely. Beyoncé very respectfully let Taylor come on stage and finish her speech when she won video of the year.
In 2009 Taylor conquered a mile stone most musicians only dream of. She was entitled Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association. In 2010 she released her third album Speak Now, and did her first world tour that lasted for thirteen months and 111 shows. She released her fourth album Red late last year. Her latest album is a lot more pop influenced than Swift fans are used to, but this did not affect sales. She sold over a million copies the first week. With all the success, Taylor has stayed very humble and loyal to her billions of fans (Jaitly). “Music has taken me all over the world, but the fans