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Date of Birth: 13th December, 1989.
Born at: Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.
Claim to Fame: Taylor Swift, Fearless, Valentine’s Day (movie).
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All these years, country music was only exclusive to a selective audience. But off late there have been a few stars who have managed to break the barrier between country and mainstream music. Taylor Swift is one of them. She burst onto the scene with her single “Tim McGraw” and then released her first album Taylor Swift (2006). She took home many awards and became country music’s biggest hope since Carrie Underwood. Taylor also writes all of her songs, her singing talent comes from her grandmother who was a professional opera singer. Taylor started off with singing from a very early age. First she took up guitar after a computer repairman showed her how to play three chords on the guitar. She immediately took to it and even wrote a song.
Taylor attended the Hendersonville High School where she was bullied in school and found that writing songs was a perfect outlet of her emotions. To hone her singing skills, Taylor started performing at the Karaoke contests, fairs and festivals. Her first major performance at the Bloomsburg Fair won her a lot of praise. Taylor then began sending out her recorded karaoke performances to record labels in Nashville. But most of them rejected her. She regularly visited Nashville; her parents even moved there for her career.
Her deal with a record label fell out, but luckily she was noticed by Scott Borchetta, who starting his own label with the name of Big Machine Records. He immediately signed her on for his label. She released her first single in 2006 called “Tim McGraw”. The song was a hit and made it to number 6 in the billboard chart. Soon the second single “Tear Drops on My Guitar” was also released. The song reached the number 2 position on the charts. That year she was nominated for best new artist category in the Grammys but lost out to Amy Winehouse. With her album and singles making it to number one it was pretty clear that Taylor was here to stay.
She came out with her second album called Fearless (2008). This album became a huge hit and did even better than the first album. The hit single from the chart, “Love Story” became the most downloaded country song from the internet. Her video too won the MTV Music Award for the best video but her evening was spoiled by Kanye West. When Taylor was on the stage to win the award Kayne came onto the stage and snatched the mic from her hand and said that Beyonce’s video was one of the best he had ever seen. Taylor was a little stunned and did not even finish her speech. Many celebs came out in support for Taylor and criticized Kanye. Kanye even apologized to Taylor on the Jay Leno Show and even called her personally. Taylor has now put the incident behind her and moved on.
Taylor recently released her second album Speak Now (2010) and the album is already making waves. Taylor made her acting debut in Hannah Montana: The Movie, the role was just a small appearance. Her first proper role was in the movie Valentine’s Day (2010). She starred opposite Taylor Lautner of Twilight fame.