Taylor Swift was born to Andrea and Scott Swift on December 13, 1989 in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania and raised on a Christmas tree farm there. She always dreamed of becoming recognized for her ability to write and sing songs. On October 24, 2006, her debut self-titled album was released…more
Early in 2012, Taylor assisted magician and illusion designer Franz Harary with the world premiere of a new illusion he'd developed, called "Slice-Her". In this illusion, Taylor was sawed in half while standing up, and her halves pulled apart, without any boxes being used to hide her body from view at any point in the performance.
After calling it quits with Conor Kennedy (October 2012) and then going on to date One Direction singer Harry Styles, Taylor was awarded with the Ripple of Hope Award at the Kennedy Center in New York on December 4, 2012 by none other than Conor's father Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Taylor won the following at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards:
Choice Female Country Artist
Choice Single By A Female Artist: "Eyes Open"
Choice Country Song: "Sparks Fly"
Choice Movie Voice: Taylor Swift, The Lorax
Taylor owns a Scottish Fold named Meredith.
Taylor was given the Harmony Award at the 2011 Nashville Symphony Ball.
In 2009, Taylor ranked #17 in AIM's 2009 "100 Celebs Under 25" and "100 Hottest Blondes".
2012 Grammy Nominations:
Best Country Album
Best Country Song
Best Country Solo Performance for Mean
Taylor attended the 2011 American Music Awards in Los Angelas. She won Favorite Country Female Artist.
Taylor won the 2011 Entertainer of the Year at the 45th Annual CMA Awards.
In late October, 2011; online tabloid Celebrityjihad released photographs of what they claimed were a topless Taylor Swift. Swift completely denies that the photos are her.
In October of 2011, Taylor did a duet with Rapper B.o.B in Dallas, Texas. They song she performed with him was Airplanes in which Taylor did the vocals originally done by Hayley Williams.
In 2011, Taylor was nominated for the American Music Awards in the categories of: Artist of the Year, Favorite Country Album and Favorite Country Female
Taylor was named the 2011 Billboard's Woman of the Year.
Taylor celebrated the launch of her new perfume scent Wonderstruck on October 13th, 2011 by going on Live with Regis and Kelly.
Taylor Swift (October 24, 2006)
Fearless (November 11, 2008)
Speak Now (October 25, 2010)
Taylor wrote every single song off her album "Speak Now" by herself.
When Taylor appeared at the 2009 CMA awards, she assisted magician David Copperfield with two illusions. First, he made her appear inside a glass-sided elevator, and then he sawed her in half inside the glass-sided boxes he used in his 1990s stage shows to saw Claudia Schiffer in half.
In 2009, Taylor won "AP Entertainer of the Year".
Taylor was the first celebrity to star on the cover of Justine magazine. Taylor was on the cover of the March 2009 issue of Rolling Stone. Taylor was on the cover of the April 2008 issue of Blender. Taylor was featured in the August 2009 edition of Glamour magazine, which includes a cover story titled "Taylor Swift: The Deal On All Those Guys She Sings About".
At the 2009 CMT Music Awards, Taylor won Female Music Video and Music Video of the Year for the music video for her song "Love Story". She performed her song "You Belong With Me" at the awards show.
Taylor Swift attended the Australian premiere of 17 Again movie.
Taylor made MySpace video about her ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas after he reportedly broke up with her via a phone call, by portraying him with a Camp Rock doll. Taylor's song "Forever and Always" on her Fearless album is about Joe.
The first thing Taylor Swift did when she turned 18 is register online to vote, in pajamas.
At 11, Taylor Swift took her demo of karaoke songs door-to-door in Nashville.
Taylor has been writing songs since she was 12 years old, which was also when she started to play guitar.
Taylor is the host of the GAC's Top 50 Videos of 2008.
On October 16, 2007, Taylor Swift was honored as Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International. Taylor tied with Alan Jackson for the honor.
At the 10th annual Young Hollywood Awards, Taylor was honored with "Superstar of Tomorrow", even though she is not a Hollywood star. She is the first musician to be recognized with the honor.
Taylor won Breakout Artist in the 2008 Teen Choice Awards.
In 2008, Taylor continued touring (she was on the road with Rascal Flatts as well as headlining some shows), which she loves to do.
At a showcase at the Bluebird Cafe, Taylor caught the attention of Scott Borchetta, who was at the time planning to launch a new label. He signed her to his label, "Big Machine Records" and her career was born.
Taylor Swift won the Horizon Award in the 2007 CMA Awards.
Taylor Swift has surpassed triple-platinum (3 million sales) status and has spent 20 weeks so far in the #1 position atop Billboard's Country CD Sales Chart.
At 14, Taylor signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music.
At the age of 17, Taylor became the youngest person to single-handedly write and sing a number-one country single entirely on her own ("Our Song" spent 6 consecutive weeks at #1 atop Billboard's Country Singles Chart).
Taylor won 2008 CMT Music Awards for Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year.
Taylor was named 2008 Top New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music.
Joe Jonas broke up with Taylor over the phone in about 27 seconds.
Taylor Swift wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on her sophomore album.
Taylor was ranked #57 in Maxim's Hot 100 Women 2008.
The name of the person Taylor Swift was talking about in "Teardrops on my Guitar" was her friend Drew Hardwick.
Taylor's childhood crush was all of the members of the band Hanson. She thought she was going to marry the middle child named Taylor. She says when she met him and his wife she told them the story and tried not to freak him out.
Taylor appeared in Hannah Montana: The Movie. Her song "Crazier" is on the soundtrack.
She was named number 52 on Maxim's Sexiest women of 08'.
Taylor Swift's best friend, Abigail Anderson, is in her "Picture to Burn" music video.
Taylor's favorite selections at In-N-Out Burger are a cheeseburger and a chocolate shake that she likes to use as dipping sauce for her fries.
Taylor has a younger brother named Austin Swift. He attended the 2009 CMT Music Awards, with her. In her speech for winning "Music Video of the Year", she thanked him for being her date.
Her song 'Mary's Song (Oh My, My, My)' was written based on her next door neighbor's relationship.
She never actually dated the boy named Cory in her song 'Stay Beautiful'.
Her song 'Tied Together with a Smile' is about one of her best friends, who was absolutely beautiful. All the girls wanted to be her, all the guys wanted to be with her and then Taylor was shocked to find out that she had an eating disorder.
Her song 'The Outside' was one of the first song she wrote (she was twelve) and she felt like a complete outcast a school.
She wrote the song 'A Place in this World' when she was thirteen and had just moved to Nashville. She said that she knew where she wanted to be she just didn't know how to get there, and through the album, she had found that place.
When Taylor is in Tennessee she likes to drive by her ex boyfriends houses.
Taylor Swift judged the Holiday Holla competion on December 8th, 2007.
Taylor Swift wrote a song with Colbie Caillat called "Breathe". It will be on her second CD with Colbie Caillat doing the back up vocals.
The first song Taylor wrote was called "Lucky You". The second song she wrote is called "The Outside".
On November 7, 2007 Taylor won the CMA Horizon Award.
In 2007 Taylor Swift toured with Brad Paisley.
In 2007 she won CMT's "Breakthrough Video of the Year" for her video "Tim McGraw" and was nominated for ACM's "Top New Female Vocalist".
She is 5' 11".
Taylor Swift's third single off of her album "Taylor Swift" is "Our Song". She shot the music video for it in August of 2007.
In her music video for Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift not only honors one country music celebrity, but two. The video was shot at Johnny Cash's cabin, and that's why they named the love interest in the video "Johnny".
Before the ACM awards where Taylor performed her hit song "Tim McGraw", she had never met the actual Tim McGraw.
There are a couple of names of guys in her songs. "Drew", is the name of the guy in her song "Teardrops On My Guitar". "Cory" is the name of the guy in "Stay Beautiful". Yes, these are names of real people, and they have both tried to contact her since these songs have come out.
The actor that was in her music video "Tim McGraw", is named Clayton Collins. Although in the music video, they named him Johnny.
Taylor plays a 12-string guitar, and she has played one since she was twelve.
Her second single off her self titled album "Taylor Swift" is "Teardrops on My Guitar".
Taylor wrote every song off her self titled album "Taylor Swift".
Tyler Hilton appears in Taylor's video, "Teardrops on My Guitar".
Taylor Swift has a tattoo of a heart on her left foot on her CD.
One of Taylor's songs that she wrote when she was only 12 is called "The Outside".
When she was only 11 she performed the national anthem at a Philadelphia 76ers game.
Taylor Swift started writing her own songs at twelve.
Taylor Swift's first single is called "Tim McGraw". The concept of the song came to her in math class. Her boyfriend had just moved away and she was thinking about all of the things that would remind him of her.
Taylor Swift's maternal grandmother, Marjorie Finlay, was a professional opera singer, and inspired Taylor to become a singer.
Taylor Swift: The weirdest place I have ever written a song is probably in an airport, and I got an idea so fast that I just had to run to the bathroom at the airport, grab a paper towel and write lyrics on the paper towel. I still have it. I still have it in a box in my room.
Taylor Swift: (on developing a perfume) I love having my fragrance Wonderstruck out. It turned out to be something I wear every day, and I'm so proud of how well it's done. I love it when people come up to me and tell me they wear it every day.
Taylor: If you're the girl that needs a boyfriend, and once she loses that boyfriend needs to replace it with a different boyfriend, it's just this constant stream of boyfriends all the time. I don't feel like I ever want to be that girl.
Taylor Swift: Love always ends differently and it always begins differently- especially with me.
Taylor Swift: I approach love differently now that I know it's hard for it to work out.
Taylor Swift: If you cry over a guy, then your friends can't date him. It can't even be considered.
Taylor Swift: I'm not afraid to write my feelings in songs.
Taylor Swift: I'm not the girl who always has a boyfriend. I'm the girl who rarely has a boyfriend.
Taylor Swift: I haven't had that one great love, which is good. I don't want that to be in the past- I want it to be in the future.
Taylor Swift: I know my flaws before other people point them out to me.
Taylor: (On acting as David Copperfield's assistant at the 2009 CMA awards) Working with David was a lot of fun, especially being sawed in half. A couple of my friends were there watching us rehearse the sawing. After David had cut me in two and pushed my halves apart, he invited them up on stage to take a closer look at me and they were totally blown away, because they could see right inside the boxes and see that I wasn't curled up inside the top one. One of them looked at me laying there in two pieces in front of them and said 'Whoa, Taylor - He really has sawn you in half, hasn't he??!!'
Taylor: I get really restless when I haven't worked for a day and a half. I have a recurring dream that people are lined up next to my bed, waiting for autographs and taking pictures of me!
Taylor: (about the future of her career) I would love to continue in music, with writing...but I am not the kind of person who will hang around if I start to become irrelevant. If that happens, I will bow down gracefully, raise my kids, and have a garden. And I am going to let my hair go gray when I am older. I don't need to be blonde when I'm 60!
Taylor: (about middle school) I was the girl who didn't get invited to parties. My friends turned into the girls who stood in the corner and talked about me. But as soon as I picked up a guitar...I literally played until my fingers bled. My mom had to tape them up, and you can imagine how popular that made me: "Look at her fingers. So weird". But for the first time in my life, those girls could say anything they wanted about me, because I was just going to go home after school and write a song about it.
Taylor Swift: I go online and read the comments about me. I'm always nervous that they're going to say something mean. But a lot of people say nice things, too. It's important to keep yourself in balance. When someone writes something about me that's not true, I just try to look at it like it's funny.
Taylor: (Upon winning the CMA Horizon Award) This has definitely been the highlight of my senior year!
Taylor Swift: (after winning at the AMA's) The best thing about the AMAs is that they're voted on by the fans, and they're, they're really shiny!
Taylor: (on Drew, the guy she wrote Teardrops on my Guitar about) My dad was all "Taylor there are two guys coming up the driveway" I looked and it was Drew! I guess this was the whole "I know the song is about me, still interested?" I mean if he hears the song and heroicly shows up, I mean that's great, but two years later- You're a little late!
Taylor Swift: (on singing the first line of 'Photograph') I was like a kid in a candy store "You mean I get to sing the first line of Photograph?!"
Taylor: (on how to sell 3 million CDs in 2008) Go to high school and write it all down.
Taylor Swift: I pulled out my iPod and randomly selected a Grey's Anatomy episode to watch the pass the time.. And it randomly selected the episode where Denny dies, and so I started hysterically crying and couldn't stop for about ten minutes. (He was my favorite character, hands down. Why'd he have to die?) For the the record, this is the first time I've cried in a VERY long time. So I figure if the only reason I have to cry is a TV show, I must be pretty lucky.
Taylor: And Kenny Chesney is so completely nice. Genuinely nice. Like, we were all sitting around the bus after the show and he came up and sat down and talked to us for a while.. and before he left he said "I'm going to get something to eat, y'all want anything?" Like, simple things like that.. It's just.. really nice. And I really really like nice people.
Taylor: I write blatantly obvious songs with blatantly obvious details, and then I'm like NO! when they find out, I dunno what's wrong with me. I have issues.
Taylor: When you're singing you can hear the echo of people in the audience singing every single word with you, and that was that big dream that I had for myself. It's happening.
Taylor: I think I first realized I wanted to be in country music and be an artist when I was 10. And I started dragging my parents to festivals, and fairs, and karaoke contests, and I did that for about a year before I came to Nashville for the first time. I was 11 and I had this demo CD of me singing Dixie Chicks and Leanne Rimes songs.
Taylor: Clubs are just not where I want to be photographed. For everything I do, I think about a 6-year-old girl and her mom that I saw at my concert last night. I think about what those two individuals would think if I were at a club last night. I never want to be arrested, and I never want to get a DUI, those are my moral values. I am an over-achiever, and I want to be known for the good things in my life.
Taylor Swift: Fans are my favorite thing in the world. I've never been the type of artist who has that line drawn between their friends and their fans. The line's always been really blurred for me. I'll hang out with them after the show. I'll hang out with them before the show. If I see them in the mall, I'll stand there and talk to them for 10 minutes. I don't care. I'm just a senior in high school who has a better job. Who am I to think I'm better than talking to people?
Taylor Swift: My mom and I have always been really close. She's always been the friend that was always there. There were times when, in middle school and junior high, I didn't have a lot of friends. But my mom was always my friend. Always.
Taylor Swift: (when asked how she had the courage to walk up to record labels when she was twelve and thirteen) It's because I could never feel the kind of rejection in the music industry that I felt in middle school.
Taylor Swift: I think songwriting is the ultimate form of being able to make anything that happens in your life productive. If you get out of a bad relationship that was a complete waste of time, you can write about it and it can become a benefit to your career. How sweet is that?
Taylor Swift: Well, you know, I never really sit back like 'I'm good enough at this, lets stop working on it.' My attitude has always been if you get better and you see success, that should motivate you to work even harder so thats kind of how I approached everything.
Taylor Swift: I wish all teenagers can filter through songs instead of turning to drugs and alcohol.
Taylor Swift(on the song 'Picture to Burn'): Before I sing this song, I always try to tell the audience that I really do try to be a nice person... but if you break my heart, hurt my feelings, or are really mean to me, I'm going to write a song about you. Haha. This song is the perfect example.
Taylor Swift: I'm not that complicated. My complications come out in my songs. All you need to do to be my friend is like me.
Taylor Swift: I love it when people say things to me in public and want to meet me, because I want to meet them! Early on, my manager told me, "If you want to sell 500,000 records, then go out there and meet 500,000 people."
Taylor Swift: I'm so excited, but really nervous, too! I've never been nominated for anything before. I've sat in the nosebleed section watching the CMT Awards for two years in a row now, looking down and hoping that maybe if I worked hard enough, I'd get to sit in the awesome seats the nominees get to sit in. And it looks like that's going down this year!
Taylor Swift: You only get so many firsts, Every one is a blessing.
Taylor Swift: (referring to her music career) Everything about this business is exciting to me.
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