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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 13 December 1989Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameTaylor Alison Swift
Nicknames Swifty
T-Swizzle
Tay
Tay-Tay
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Taylor Swift is a multi-Grammy award-winning American singer/songwriter who, in 2010 and at the age of 20, became the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 2011, Swift was named Billboard's Woman of the Year. Additionally Swift has been named the American Music Awards Artist of the Year, as well as the Entertainer of the Year for both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, among many other accolades. As of this writing, she is also the top-selling digital artist in music history.

Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading Pennsylvania, to Andrea (Finlay), a one-time marketing executive, and Scott Kingsley Swift, a financial adviser. She has English, German, Irish, Scottish, and 1/16th Italian, ancestry.

Taylor was named after James Taylor, and her mother believed that if she had a gender neutral it would help her forge a business career. Taylor spent most of her childhood on an 11 acre Christmas tree farm in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. When Taylor was nine years old, the family moved to Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, where she attended West Reading Elementary Center and Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School. Taylor spent her summers at her parent's vacation home at the Jersey Shore. Swift's first hobby was English horse riding. Her mother put her in a saddle when she was nine months old and Swift later competed in horse shows. At the age of nine, Taylor turned her attention to musical theatre and performed in Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions of Grease, Annie, Bye Bye Birdie and The Sound of Music. She traveled regularly to Broadway, New York for vocal and acting lessons. However, after a few years of auditioning in New York and not getting anything she became interested in country music. At the age of eleven, after many attempts Taylor won a local talent competition by singing a rendition of LeAnn Rimes's "Big Deal", and was given the opportunity to appear as the opening act for Charlie Daniels at a Strausstown amphitheater. This interest in country music isolated Swift from her middle school peers.

At the age of twelve, Swift was shown by a computer repairman how to play three chords on a guitar, inspiring her to write her first song, "Lucky You". She had previously won a national poetry contest with a poem entitled "Monster in My Closet" but now began to focus on songwriting. Taylor moved to Nashville at the age of fourteen, having secured an artist development deal with RCA Records. Taylor left RCA Records when she was fifteen, the company wanted her to record the work of other songwriters and wait until she was eighteen to release an album, but she felt ready to launch her career with her own material. At an industry showcase at Nashville's The Bluebird Café in 2005, Swift caught the attention of Scott Borchetta, a Dreamworks Records executive who was preparing to form his own independent record label, Big Machine Records. Taylor was one of the new label's first signings.

Taylor released her debut album "Taylor Swift" in October of 2006 and received generally positive reviews from music critics. The New York Times described it as "a small masterpiece of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, pleading voice". Her single "Our Song" made Swift the youngest sole writer and singer of a number one country song. The album sold 39,000 copies during its first week. In 2008 Taylor released her second studio album "Fearless". The lead single from the album, "Love Story", was released in September 2008 and became the second best-selling country single of all time, peaking at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Four more singles were released throughout 2008 and 2009: "White Horse", "You Belong with Me", "Fifteen" and "Fearless". "You Belong with Me" was the album's highest-charting single, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. It was the top-selling album of 2009 and brought Swift much crossover success.

In September 2009, Swift became the first country music artist to win an MTV Video Music Award when "You Belong with Me" was named Best Female Video. Her acceptance speech was interrupted by rapper Kanye West, who had been involved in a number of other award show incidents. West declared Beyoncé's video for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", nominated in the same category, to be "one of the best videos of all time". When Beyoncé later won the award for Video of the Year, she invited Taylor onstage to finish her speech. In November 2009, Taylor became the youngest ever artist, and one of only six women, to be named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association. Taylor released her third studio album in October 2010 "Speak Now" and she wrote all the songs herself. She originally intended to call the album Enchanted but Scott Borchetta, her record label's CEO, felt the title did not reflect the album's more adult themes. Swift toured throughout 2011 and early 2012 in support of Speak Now. As part of the thirteen-month, 111 date world tour, Swift played seven shows in Asia, twelve shows in Europe, 80 shows in North America and twelve shows in Australasia. Three dates on the US tour were rescheduled after Swift fell ill with bronchitis. The stage show was inspired by Broadway musical theatre, with choreographed routines, elaborate set-pieces, pyrotechnics and numerous costume changes. Swift invited many musicians to join her for one-off duets during the North American tour. Appearances were made by James Taylor, Jason Mraz, Shawn Colvin, Johnny Rzeznik, Andy Grammer, Tal Bachman, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, Nelly, B.o.B., Usher, Flo Rida, T.I., Jon Foreman, Jim Adkins, Hayley Williams, Hot Chelle Rae, Ronnie Dunn, Darius Rucker, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney. In May 2012 Taylor featured in B.o.B's song "Both of Us".

Swift's fourth studio album, Red, was released on 22 October 2012.She wrote nine of the album's sixteen songs alone; the remaining seven were co-written with Max Martin, Liz Rose, Dan Wilson, Ed Sheeran and Gary Lightbody. Nathan Chapman served as the album's lead producer but Jeff Bhasker, Butch Walker, Jacknife Lee, Dann Huff and Shellback also produced individual tracks. Chapman has said he encouraged Swift "to branch out and to test herself in other situations"she has described the collaborative process as "an apprenticeship" which taught her to "paint with different colors". Red examines Swift's attraction to drama-filled relationships; she believes that, since writing the record, such relationships no longer appeal to her. Musically, while there is some experimentation with "slick, electronic beats", "the pop sheen is limited to a handful of tracks sprinkled among more recognisably Swiftian fare". Rolling Stone enjoyed "watching Swift find her pony-footing on Great Songwriter Mountain. She often succeeds in joining the Joni/Carole King tradition of stark-relief emotional mapping ... Her self-discovery project is one of the best stories in pop." The Guardian described Swift as a "Brünnhilde of a rockstar" and characterized Red as "another chapter in one of the finest fantasies pop music has ever constructed". USA Today felt that the "engaging" record saw Swift "write ever-more convincingly -- and wittily and painfully -- about the messy emotions of a young twenty something nearing the end of her transition from girl to woman". The Los Angeles Times noted the exploration of "more nuanced relationship issues" on "an unapologetically big pop record that opens new sonic vistas for her".

As part of the Red promotional campaign, representatives from 72 worldwide radio stations were flown to Nashville during release week for individual interviews with Swift. She made television appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, The View, the Late Show with David Letterman, Nightline and 20/20: All Access Nashville with Katie Couric. She performed at Los Angeles's MTV VMAs and London's Teen Awards, and will also perform at Nashville's CMA Awards, Frankfurt's MTV Europe Music Awards, Los Angeles' AMA Awards and Sydney's ARIA Music Awards. Swift offered exclusive album promotions through Target, Papa John's and Walgreens. She became a spokesmodel for Keds sneakers, released her sophomore Elizabeth Arden fragrance,and continued her partnerships with Covergirl, Sony Electronics and American Greetings, as well as her unofficial brand tie-ins with Ralph Lauren and Shellys. The album's lead single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", was released in August 2012. The song became Swift's first number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, recording the highest ever one-week sales figures for a female artist. Two further singles have since been released: "Begin Again" (country radio) and "I Knew You Were Trouble" (pop and international radio).In her career, as of May 2012, Swift has sold over 23 million albums and 54.5 million digital tracks worldwide.

Swift is only beginning to emerge as an acting talent, having voiced the role of Audrey in the animated feature The Lorax (2012). She also made appearances in the theatrical release Valentine's Day (2010) and in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) She contributed two original songs to The Hunger Games (2012) soundtrack: "Safe & Sound featuring The Civil Wars" and "Eyes Open".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous and Aman Jaitly

Trade Mark (6)

Curly blonde hair
Cowboy boots
Writes most of her songs about her exes
Glittery guitars
Long gowns/princess dresses
Her songs usually tell a story

Trivia (53)

The love interest in her song, "Tim McGraw", is named Johnny.
Taught herself to play guitar.
Sister of Austin Swift (aka Austin K. Swift), a photographer. He photographed her "Fearless Tour".
With her first No. 1 song "Our Song", at age 18 years and 9 days, became the fifth teen-aged female singer to top the Billboard magazine Hot Country Songs chart. The others were Jean Shepard (19 years, 9 months in August 1953 with "A Dear John Letter"), Tanya Tucker (14 years, 7 months in May 1973 with "What's Your Mama's Name"), Marie Osmond (14 years, 1 month in November 1973 with "Paper Roses") and LeAnn Rimes (14 years, 4 months in December 1996 with "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)").
Was ranked #57 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 of 2008 list.
She grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania and her job was to rake Praying Mantis pods off the trees.
Was in a relationship with Joe Jonas [June 2008 - October 2008].
Best friends with Selena Gomez and Emma Stone.
She won the award for Best Female Video at the 2009 Video Music Awards.
Good friends with Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams, Kellie Pickler, and Emma Watson.
On November 11th, 2009, Taylor became the youngest singer to win the CMA Entertainer of the Year Award.
She spent her summers through the age of 14 at the Jersey shore. Her family owned a home in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, an upscale South Jersey resort town north of Cape May and south of Atlantic City.
Had a cameo in Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009).
She credits LeAnn Rimes as her main influence into a country music career. Swift stated on The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) that she wanted to be a country singer after attending Rimes' concert.
She was a member of a local SNL-inspired kid's sketch comedy group TheatreKids Live! while growing up in Pennsylvania.
Her music influences include Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, LeAnn Rimes, Patsy Cline, and her grandmother, who was a professional opera singer.
Taylor's best friend Abigail Anderson, whom she's known since ninth grade, is mentioned in her song "Fifteen" from her Fearless album.
She graduated from high school in July 2008 from Hendersonville High School in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Named a spokeswoman for Cover Girl [May 4, 2010].
Was in a relationship with Taylor Lautner [July 2009 - December 2009].
When she appeared at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (2009), she assisted magician David Copperfield with two illusions. First, he made her appear inside an apparently empty glass elevator, and in the second he sawed her in half in the same glass-sided boxes he used to saw Claudia Schiffer in half in his 1990s stage shows.
Ranked #31 in Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" Women of 2010.
Was in a relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal [October 2010 - December 2010].
Holds the rare distinction of having all of her released singles (excluding promotional singles and singles as a featured artist) reach the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. Of those twelve singles, five of them have reached the Top 10, and three of those five singles have reached the Top 5.
Friends with Justin Bieber.
Went to the same high school in Wyomissing, PA, as Jillian Murray before moving to Hendersonville, Tennessee.
When Beyoncé Knowles won the MTV Music Video award for Video of the Year, she set aside her acceptance speech in order to allow Taylor to finish her acceptance speech, for best female video, which had been interrupted by Kanye West hours earlier.
She won the 'Entertainer of the Year' award at the 46th American Country Music Awards.
Ranked #20 in Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" Women of 2011.
Her first song was called "Lucky You".
Her grandmother was an opera singer.
It took three attempts to get her driver's permit when she was 15.
Graduated from home schooling in 2008.
Ranked #61 in the 2011 FHM list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
Ranked #53 in the 2011 FHM Australia list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
Nicknamed her car "Toyoat" because it is a Toyota.
Named Billboard magazine's "Woman of the Year" for 2011 [October 12, 2011].
Named the 2011 "Entertainer of the Year" by the Academy of Country Music" [2011].
Is fan of Rihanna.
At many of her concerts she comes out with a Minnesota Vikings jersey with the number 13 on the back. The Vikings had specially made it for her.
Is a big fan of Britney Spears and has a poster of Britney in her room.
Her sophomore album, Fearless, is the most awarded album in country music history. It won the American Music Award for Favorite Country Album, the Academy of Country Music Award for Album of the Year, the Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year, the Grammy Award for Best Country Album, and the music industry's highest honor, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
At the age of 20, became the youngest artist in music history to win the coveted Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
Wrote her hit song "Love Story" on her bedroom floor in 20 minutes.
Gave a free showcase to her Brazilian fans on September 13, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro to promote her 'Red' album. It was her first time ever in Brazil.
When asked by a fan if she was someone else (an actress), who would she be, she replied she'd like to be Gwyneth Paltrow, as she "is beautiful, cool and has beautiful kids".
In early 2012, Taylor assisted magician Franz Harary with the world premiere of a new illusion called Slice-Her, in which she was sawed in half and her halves pulled apart while standing up and without any boxes hiding her body from view at any time.
Is captivated by the poet Pablo Neruda.
She wrote her song "Teadrops On My Guitar" for a boy who she was in love with in high school and he only saw her as a friend.
Keeps a journal and writes about how her day went.
Good friends with Hailee Steinfeld, Behati Prinsloo.
One of Taylor's paternal great-great-grandfathers was an Italian immigrant. Her other ancestry includes English, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish, Welsh, German, Swedish, Dutch, and French.
Good friends with Ed Sheeran.

Personal Quotes (13)

[on the Britney Spears perfume she wore] The coolest girl in school wore Britney Spears' Fantasy, and I had to copy her.
People haven't always been there for me, but music always has.
I never want to change so much that people can't recognize me.
When I was a little girl I used to read fairy tales. In fairy tales you meet Prince Charming and he's everything you ever wanted. In fairy tales the bad guy is very easy to spot. The bad guy is always wearing a black cape so you always know who he is. Then you grow up and you realize that Prince Charming is not as easy to find as you thought. You realize the bad guy is not wearing a black cape and he's not easy to spot; he's really funny, and he makes you laugh, and he has perfect hair.
There's more to life than dating the boy on the football team.
I'm intimidated by the fear of being average.
Everyone I know has had fair warning! I've always written about who's spending time with me, so if they get into any kind of a relationship with me, they know what they're getting into.
There is a strength in letting bygones be bygones. It was therapeutic to write and perform. Sometimes it's best not to say anything. I just save it for the music.
Love is fascinating. Wishing for it, pining for it and the anger that comes when you lose it. I used to think that I could figure out some pattern to love, like if you don't text a guy back for a half-hour, he'll like you more. But there is no pattern. Absolutely nothing is predictable in love.
No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.
Almost every time I put something out, there's the word 'too' put in front of it - too pop, too country, too rock. So I've kinda stopped worrying about it. I'd rather be too something than not enough something.
There's a special place in Hell for women who don't help other women.
I see myself as kind of this girl who writes songs in her bedroom. You can dress it up all you want and you can put together an amazing theatrical production; you can become a better performer as time goes by, and you can try to excite people. But I'm always going to be a girl who writes songs in her bedroom in my own personal perception of myself.

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