- NAME: Taylor Swift
- OCCUPATION: Singer
- BIRTH DATE: December 13, 1989 (Age: 23)
- Did You Know?: Contrary to the norm, 13 is Taylor Swift's lucky number. Not only was she born on the 13th, but her first album also went gold after 13 weeks and her first No. 1 song had a 13-second intro.
- Did You Know?: During the 2010 Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift became the youngest artist in history to win Album of the Year for her sophomore album Fearless.
- Did You Know?: For her albums Speak Now and Red, Taylor Swiift became the first woman to sell more than one million copies of two albums in their opening week.
- EDUCATION: Hendersonville High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
- Full Name: Taylor Alison Swift
- AKA: Taylor Swift
- ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius
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Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is one of country music's top recording artists, having crossed over into pop and winning many awards.
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Born on December 13, 1989, in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Taylor Swift started crafting songs at age 5, and at age 16, released her debut album. Hits like "Love Story" and "You Belong With Me" appealed to country and pop fans alike and helped fuel the multiplatinum success of her albums, with Fearless the 2009 top-seller. She has won many awards, including several Grammy Awards, and modeled for Cover Girl.
"I have this really high priority on happiness and finding something to be happy about."
"Just be yourself. There is no one better."
"I'm not fast at running. I'm not fast at any kind of force. I'm fast at trivia games."
"The words you regret most are often the ones unsaid."
"I have to believe in fairytales and I have to believe in love."
"Never believe anyone who says you don't deserve what you want."
"Life isn't about how to survive the storm. It's about how to dance in the rain."
"You're lucky enough to be different. Never change."
"I've learned when to get out. I've never wasted too much time with the wrong person and that's one thing I'm proud of."
"People haven't always been there for me but music has."
Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Swift spent her early years on her family's Christmas tree farm. Her grandmother had been a professional opera singer, and Swift soon followed in her footsteps. By the age of 10, Swift was singing at a variety of local events, including fairs and contests. She sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a Philadelphia 76ers game at the age of 11, and began writing her own songs and learning guitar at 12 years old.
To pursue her music career, Swift often visited Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital. There she co-wrote songs, and tried to land a recording contract. Noting her dedication, Swift and her family moved to nearby Hendersonville, Tennessee, in an attempt to further Swift's career.
A stellar performance at The Bluebird Café in Nashville helped Swift get a contract with Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Records. She released her first single, "Tim McGraw," in 2006, and the song became a Top 10 hit on the country charts. It also appeared on her self-titled debut album in October of that same year, selling more than 2.5 million copies. More popular singles soon followed, including "Our Song," a No. 1 country music hit. "Teardrops on My Guitar," "Picture to Burn" and "Should've Said No" were also successful tracks.
In addition to commercial success, Swift received a lot of critical praise for her debut effort. She won the Horizon Award from the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Female Vocalist in 2007. Swift next released Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection in 2007. Her renditions of "Silent Night" and "Santa Baby" were modest hits on the country charts.
In 2008, Swift was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best New Artist category, and won the Academy of Country Music's "Female Vocalist of the Year" Award, the American Music Awards "Favorite Female Country Artist" award, and the American Music Association's "Horizon" award. Around this same time, Swift released her next album, Fearless (2008), which hit the top of both the country and pop charts and stayed there for 11 weeks. By the end of the year, Swift had become the highest-selling country artist of 2008.
In 2009, Swift netted several awards for her work on Fearless, including "Video of the Year" and "Female Video of the Year" for "Love Story" at the CMT Music Awards. On September 13, 2009, Swift also won the MTV Video Music Award for "Best Female Video," making her the first country music star to win an MTV Video Music Award.
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