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Taylor Alison Swift is an American country pop singer-songwriter, guitarist and actress. In 2006, she released her debut single "Tim McGraw", which preceded the release of her self-titled debut album. Taylor Swift produced five hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and has been certified 3× Multi-Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Swift released her second album, Fearless, in November 2008. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Swift is the highest-selling artist of 2008 in the United States with combined sales of more than four million albums. Swift`s Fearless and her self-titled album finished 2008 at number three and number six respectively, with sales of 2.1 and 1.5 million. Fearless has topped the Billboard 200 in 11 non-consecutive weeks, a feat no album has spent more time at number one since 1999-2000. With combined singles from her two albums, she is the female artist with the most top 40 hits this decade. According to the 2009 issue of Forbes, Swift is ranked as the 69th most powerful celebrity with over $18 million in earnings this year. In 2010, Swift will make her feature film debut in the film Valentine`s Day.

Swift was born in the borough of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Scott Swift, a stock broker, and his wife Andrea, a homemaker. She has a younger brother, Austin. When she was in fourth grade, Swift won a national poetry contest with a three page poem entitled "Monster In My Closet".
At ten, Swift began writing songs and singing at karaoke contests, festivals, and fairs around her hometown. During one summer, Swift devoted herself to writing a 350 page (unpublished) novel.
She was a member of Kirk Cremer`s SNL-inspired kid`s sketch comedy group, TheatreKids Live!, where she was a natural comedic talent. After seeing her karaoke performance at one of the cast parties, it was Cremer`s mother who first suggested that Swift seemed more of a natural to pursue a career in country music, rather than theatrical performing. Cremer soon leased space at a local mall and began to showcase his young protégée in weeknight performances of country songs with karaoke backing tracks. Emboldened by her performances and growing audiences, she began to perform in other local open mike and karaoke nights. Her first major show was a well-received performance at the Bloomsburg Fair, arranged by local performer Pat Garrett.[13]
Songwriting interest

Swift first learned to play guitar from a computer repairman who showed her how to play three chords. After learning those three chords, she wrote her first song, "Lucky You". She began writing songs regularly and used it as outlet to help her with her pain from not fitting in at school. Other kids would react badly to her so she wrote songs about them.[citation needed]
Early work
Swift`s greatest musical influence is Shania Twain.[14] Her other influences include her grandmother, LeAnn Rimes, Tina Turner and Dolly Parton. Although her grandmother was a professional opera singer,[15] Taylor`s tastes always ran more toward country and she developed a love for Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton at an early age.[16] She also credits the Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain for demonstrating how much impact can be made by "stretching boundaries".[17]
At age 11, Swift made her first trip to Nashville hoping to obtain a record deal by distributing a demo tape of her singing with karaoke songs. She gave a copy to every label in town.[18] Swift faced rejection, not just from record labels, but also from her peers.[19]
After Swift returned to Pennsylvania, she was asked to sing at the U.S. Open tennis tournament; her rendition of the national anthem received a lot of attention.[20] Swift started writing songs and playing 12-string guitar when she was 12. Swift began to regularly visit Nashville and wrote songs with local songwriters. By the time she was 14, her family decided to move to an outlying Nashville suburb.[21]
When Swift was fifteen, she rejected RCA Records because the company wanted to keep her on a development deal.[22] Swift then performed at Nashville`s songwriters` venue, The Bluebird Café, catching the attention of Scott Borchetta[23] who signed her to his newly-formed record label, Big Machine Records. She also became the youngest staff songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing house at 14.[24]
First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
Full Name at Birth
Taylor Alison Swift
Other Names
Tay
T-Swizzle
Tay-Tay
Age
29
Date of Birth
Birthplace
Height
Weight
Build
Eye Color
Hair Color
Distinctive Features
Bright Red Lips
At the beginning of her career: blonde ringlets
Star Sign
Sexuality
Religion
Ethnicity
Nationality
High School
Occupation
Singer, Songwriter
Occupation Category
Claim to Fame
Tim McGraw, Teardrops On My Guitar
Genre
Pop
Country
Country
Country
Country
Music Genre
Year(s) Active
2004 - present
2004–present
Music Style
Music Mood
Instrument
Instrument
Vocals
Guitar
Banjo
Piano
Ukulele
Guitar
Banjo
Piano
Ukulele
Guitar
Banjo
Piano
Ukulele
Guitar
Banjo
Piano
Labels
Big Machine
Rca
Rca
Rca
Rca
Republic
Umg
Talent Agency
Taylor Swift Entertainment, (Hendersonville, TN)
SME Entertainment Group (LA)
Brand Endorsements
Verizon Wireless’ Mobile Music Campaign (2007)
(2010) TV commercials: Sony's Panorama digital camera
Measurements (inches)
34A-24-33
Dress Size
2
Shoe Size
8.5
Official Website
Father
Mother
Brother(s)
Friends
Associated People
Scott Borchetta (label president)
Tree Paine (publicist)
Pets
Meredith (cat) [2011-present]
Olivia Benson (cat) [2014-present]
Favorite Movies
Favorite TV Shows
Favorite Songs
What Makes You Beautiful" - One Direction
Favorite Places
New York City
Nashville
Los Angeles
Favorite Colors
Red
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