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A Taylor Swift rundown...(Updated)

November 20th 2007 13:01
Taylor Swift by the age of eighteen has achieved more in her musical career than most can dream of. Some of these achievements include: a triple platinum certification for her debut album, aptly titled “Taylor Swift”, a CMA Award, an ACM Award, a Grammy nomination and six top ten singles as well as the well earned respect of Nashville and the wider country music community.


Signing a publishing deal at the age of fourteen and earning a recording contract at the age of fifteen, Taylor Swift separated herself from various other young female vocalists by demonstrating the ability to not only sing, but turn her own experience into a lyric and melody. Nashville, being a town of songs and songwriters attracted Swift. After moving to Hendersonville, Tennessee from Wyomissing, PA, she was soon discovered by Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Records at the Bluebird Café (the place where Faith Hill was also unearthed). The rest is a short but sweet history.

Swift’s first single, “Tim McGraw” was released to country radio in 2006, garnering attention for not only its title, but also the fascination that a sixteen-year-old girl was responsible for bringing it to the airwaves. A few months later, her self-titled album was released, selling 61,000 copies in its first week, debuting at #19 on the Billboard sales charts.

With that said, it seems that the Swift has not yet transcended the teenager within (which is a good thing). Though Swift tour for vast majority of the year and is surrounded by an array of adults on a daily basis, in interviews, she cites her interests as hanging out with her friends while watching Grey’s Anatomy, stating on her Myspace page: ‘I'm not that complicated. My complications come out in my songs.’


When listening to her album, song such as “Tied Together With A Smile” and “Teardrops and My Guitar” reveal the youth that Swift endeavours to conceal in her interviews, showing that while she is a songwriter well beyond her years, the teenager within still at times dominates her mindset.

Yet in tracks such as, “Cold As You”, it is hard to believe that a teenager can understand and appreciate on such adult level, the complexity of basic human emotion and the pain of rejection, singing: ‘And now that I'm sittin' here thinkin' it through/I've never been anywhere cold as you.’ And while Swift cites most of her songs as observation and not from personal experience, it is difficult to comprehend how someone of such a young age is able to examine her surroundings, piece together a story and translate that into a lyric outside of teenage high school heartbreak.

A concert reviewer commented: ‘With her hit song Tim McGraw, Swift conveys a musical kind of nostalgia when she hears a special song from McGraw. It's uncanny that she can have that kind of perspective at such a young age.’

While performing at the 2007 ACM Awards, Swift performed “Tim McGraw” to the country music community and for the first time to McGraw himself. As she slowly approached the front row, ending the song, she put her hand forward and simply said, ‘I’m Taylor, nice to meet you.’

Joining the ranks of Tanya Tucker and Leann Rimes as relatively young superstars, it seems that Swift is destined to evolve as both a songwriter, vocalist and entertainer, as we will see with each record.
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Comment by Dexter

November 20th 2007 23:30
Fantastic review of a new talent. I'll definitely be checking her out.

Comment by Anonymous

December 7th 2007 22:58
Hey taylor. you rock!

Comment by joe thom

September 7th 2009 09:32
i want to marry you taylor i like you as much as my foot!!!

Comment by TayFan

December 7th 2009 20:02
SIZE=7]Hey Taylor! Im a big fan of your music and im even doing a bio bout you in class! LOL YOU ROCK TAYLOR![/SIZE]

Comment by TayFan

December 7th 2009 20:02
SIZE=7]Hey Taylor! Im a big fan of your music and im even doing a bio bout you in class! LOL YOU ROCK TAYLOR![/SIZE]

Comment by TayFan

December 7th 2009 20:02
SIZE=7]Hey Taylor! Im a big fan of your music and im even doing a bio bout you in class! LOL YOU ROCK TAYLOR![/SIZE]

Comment by TayFan

December 7th 2009 20:02
SIZE=7]Hey Taylor! Im a big fan of your music and im even doing a bio bout you in class! LOL YOU ROCK TAYLOR![/SIZE]

Comment by TayFan

December 7th 2009 20:02
SIZE=7]Hey Taylor! Im a big fan of your music and im even doing a bio bout you in class! LOL YOU ROCK TAYLOR![/SIZE]

Comment by TayFan

December 7th 2009 20:02
SIZE=7]Hey Taylor! Im a big fan of your music and im even doing a bio bout you in class! LOL YOU ROCK TAYLOR![/SIZE]

Comment by TayFan

December 7th 2009 20:02
SIZE=7]Hey Taylor! Im a big fan of your music and im even doing a bio bout you in class! LOL YOU ROCK TAYLOR![/SIZE]

Comment by TayFan

December 7th 2009 20:03
SIZE=7]Hey Taylor! Im a big fan of your music and im even doing a bio bout you in class! LOL YOU ROCK TAYLOR![/SIZE]

Comment by Anonymous

February 2nd 2010 00:28
i love you taylor im going to concert with my firned cant wait i love u so much

Comment by Anonymous

February 2nd 2010 00:28
i love you taylor im going to concert with my firned cant wait i love u so much

Comment by Anonymous

February 2nd 2010 00:28
i love you taylor im going to concert with my firned cant wait i love u so much

Comment by Carly

March 20th 2010 20:38
Taylor your are such an amazing singer/ songwriter!
Love you!

Comment by Carly

March 20th 2010 20:45
I love you Taylor! Keep up the great music!

Comment by Anonymous

April 8th 2010 15:27
i love u taylor

Comment by Anonymous

June 20th 2010 20:21
I luvv taylor swift!

Comment by Anonymous

December 7th 2010 19:22
taylor
i will marry you

Comment by Anonymous

February 7th 2011 06:46
taylor, your great at everything you do (:
i love your music and i am pretty sure others do too...f off other people who said bullshit about her... yous are just jealous because of her achievement... you dont even stand out infront of her feet !
taylor.. there should be more singers like you...your seriously amazing !

hold your head high..


Comment by Anonymous

March 27th 2011 22:00
Hi taylOR uR so beautiful

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