Taylor Swift have changed her singing genre to become a pop singer successfully with first ever pop album “1989“.
Born December 1989 in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, the famous country singer Taylor Swift is the eldest child in the family with a younger brother named Austin. Her parents, Scott Kingsley Swift and Andrea Finlay Swift works as a stockbroker and a homemaker respectively. She has a maternal grandmother named Majorie Finlay, who is a well-known opera singer.
During her elementary school years, she became the winner in a national poetry competition with her 3-page poem titled Monster In My Closet. At the age of 10, she learned the techniques in playing the guitar with 3 chords through a computer repairman who guided her in strumming the guitar. This sparked her interest in pursuing to learn playing the instrument by heart.
Later, country singer Taylor Swift started writing her 1st song entitled Lucky You. Then, she pursued writing songs on a regular basis and concentrated on it to cover-up and heal her pain for not being able to qualify in pursuing her studies in school. When she was 11, she travelled to Nashville as her 1st time in the hope that she can secure a record deal.
She distributed a demo tape featuring herself singing her karaoke songs, and furnished a copy to some popular labels in the city, but she was rejected. Upon returning to Pennsylvania, she received a request to sing the national anthem at the Open tennis tournament. Her rendition of this hymn received a profound applause.
Country singer Taylor Swift then started to write songs and play the guitar with 12-strings at the age of 12. She started visiting Nashville regularly, and wrote popular songs with other local songwriters. When she became 14, she and her family moved to a suburban area in Nashville. After her performance at The Bluebird Café which is the popular venue of Nashville’s songwriters, she impressed Scott Borchetta.
This led to her signing-up with Scott’s newly-created record label named Big Machine Records. When she reached the age of 14, she was the youngest songwriter among the staff ever employed by Sony/ATV publishing house. Then, her debut single titled Tim McGraw was released in 2006, followed by the debut album which was self-titled.
Subsequently, this debut album received a multi-platinum certification from the RIAA, and got a nomination in Grammy Awards for being the Best New Artist. Country singer Taylor Swift’s 2nd album named Fearless was released in November 2008 which got 4 Grammy Awards, and recognition of being the Album of the Year.
At the end of 2008, Taylor Swift with her album Fearless reached number 3 and number 6, garnering sales of 2.1 million and 1.5 million respectively. Fearless reached the top spot in Billboard’s 200 for 11 weeks in which no album has ever stayed as number 1 since the year 2000. Taylor Swift got the title, Artist of the Year from Billboard Magazine sometime in 2009.
She released her 3rd album entitled Speak Now in October 2010 which gained sales of 1,047,000 record copies in just 1st week from its release. In the year 2008, country singer Taylor Swift’s albums were able to sell a total of 4 million copies, which made her the best-selling musician of 2008 in the US.
Being the youngest ever holder of the biggest prize on that night, Taylor Swift is one among only six females who have had the great opportunity to win the highest accolade, the other include Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Reba McIntire, Barbara Mandrell, dolly Parton amd Loretta Lynn. A run down of Taylor Swift’s awards are as follows Video of the year for the song ‘Love Story” best female vocalist and her album fearless got the Album of the year. As the MTV Video Music Award or VMA’s was being aired, rapper/singer Kanye West stormed the stage and grabbed the microphone from Taylor while she was giving her acceptance speech. She had just been declared the winner for the Best Female Video award for the song ‘you belong to me’. West claimed that the song ‘Single Ladies’ by Beyonce which was nominated in the same category was among the best videos ever. This caused the audience to react negatively to this occurrence.
Scott Borchetta who is the Chief Executive Officer of Big Machine records which manages Taylor Swift spoke in support of the country star saying she deserved to win the award. He went on to discredit allegations that Taylor Swift’s performance with Steve Nicks at the Grammys was solid despite claims from certain quarters that it was off-key. “She is probable not the most technical singer, however she could be the most emotional singer and it seems as if people do not want much more than a singer who has only technical skills”. Borchetta said this to a reporter from the Tennessean. He further told the Associated Press “this isn’t American Idol. There is no competition for the person with the highest notes. It is all about genuine artistry, good writing and communication. This is not about perfectly technical performances”
The critics could be missing a great voice of this generation which is right there in front of their eyes. They could simply be jealous or are unable to comprehend this”, Borchetta added. “Though it is obvious that the people she converses with have a certain bond. There is nobody who is perfect. It was probably not the best performance however it could well have been the greatest night.” In reference to the Album of the Year award for ‘Fearless’.
When all is said and done Taylor Swift’s voice while singing is very emotional and personal. If you take time to listen keenly to her albums, it is similar to reading an intriguing true life diary. This is the manner in which singers who are successful like Taylor Swift can engage the souls of their fans despite the complications of the music industry.
Style of Songwriting
Taylor Swift’s lyrics are overwhelmingly autobiographical. She reveals that listening to her albums is like reading her personal diary. A good example of this is her song entitled “Forever & Always” which is inspired by her love affair with a good-looking guy named Joe Jonas. Another one is the song named “Hey Stephen” which tells about a certain young man who was her companion in a tour.
The song “Fifteen” deals about the story during her freshman high school. The lyrics in this song seem to be tinged with sourness. The song narrates about the story of a loner, quiet girl attempting to gain recognition as a cheerleader, but losing grip to triumph against other cheerleaders.
On the other hand, Taylor Swift did a caustic painful playback against the young man who left her just like that after the tour. She has clearly indicated that she aims to write songs to allow her following to relate to her lyrics. She has exhibited her seemingly argumentative style in songwriting at her appearance in Saturday Night.
During that event, she sang an original song featuring lines like “You think I would bring up Joe?” Along with that, she also performed “That boy who broke love with me,” and “Hey, Joe, I’m doing well,” which refers to her love relationship with the popular Joe Jonas.
Because of the intense emotional nature of her songs, she was able to draw the attention of the public, and she became a favorite in the music industry. Taylor Swift admits that she thought for once that people would find her songs to be complicated and difficult to understand, but she was amazed to find that it turned out to win the hearts of the listeners.
She realized that the more personal she made her songs, the more she’s able to relate to them. In fact because of their autobiographical nature, there are fans who have researched on the origins of her songs.