Taylor Swift is the prime example of the American sweetheart.
She is a talented, kind, beautiful artist who has been all over the music charts.
Her fans are devoted and loyal to the pop star since she began her career in country music.
Swift’s parents were always extremely supportive of their daughter’s dreams and love of music.
Was Taylor Swift Born Rich?
Yes, Taylor Swift was born rich.
Swift grew up on an 11-acre Christmas tree farm in her home state of Pennsylvania.
Her father, Scott Swift, was a successful financial adviser and marketing executive.
He also gave seed money to the record company that took Taylor Swift in and owns 3% of Big Machine Records.
Swift has always known financial stability and isn’t an underdog celebrity.
That isn’t to say that the singer hasn’t experienced her own troubles, such as trouble with relationships and mental health struggles.
The pop star grew up in a wealthy town in Pennsylvania.
After regularly entering karaoke competitions, Swift and her mother tried dropping off demo tapes.
Sadly, none of her demos stuck out to the record companies.
Her father decided to move his Merrill Lynch office to Nashville to help Taylor achieve her dream.
To help her get around town to drop off demos, she was given a convertible Lexus as her first car.
This was around the time that her father had bought his share of Big Machine Records. The young singer was signed on shortly thereafter.
Nashville and the way Taylor Swift was raised played a major role in her love for country music.
As she grew as an artist and began traveling the world, her music began to take more inspiration from pop music over time.
Taylor Swift and her parents have always had a tight-knit relationship.
She has many songs dedicated to the love and memories that her parents have given her throughout the years.
While some may believe that Swift’s career would have never started without her father’s help, none can deny that the talent and gracefulness that has been apparent throughout her career is all hers.
Taylor Swift’s Childhood
Taylor Swift was born December 13th, 1989, and lived in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.
Swift grew up going to private Montessori schools.
Montessori schools use a unique way of learning to teach students by giving them the freedom to learn in a way that works for them and helps them become better at self-teaching.
It wasn’t long until Swift would be transferred to The Wyndcroft School.
During this time, Swift also attended Berks Youth Theatre Academy at the age of 9.
Music and theater have been longtime interests of Swift’s.
Her parents always supported her dreams and offered her the best education that they could find.
As a child, Swift would fly out to New York to take acting and vocal lessons. She claims she always wanted to be as good as her acting friend, Emma Stone.
When she was 12 years old, Taylor learned to play guitar from a local musician who was a computer repairman.
With help from teacher Ronnie Kremer, Swift wrote one of her first songs, Lucky You.
By the time Taylor Swift was 14 years old, she began working with her manager, Don Dymtrow in New York.
One of the first major gigs that Dymtrow got for Swift was a modeling gig for Abercombie & Fitch.
Soon after her first modeling gig, one of Taylor’s original songs was a track on a Maybelline compilation album.
She began performing at showcases for record companies.
At this time, Swift was constantly making trips to Nashville with her mother.
To make it easier on Taylor and her mother, their family relocated to Hendersonville, Tennessee.
During her freshman and sophomore years of high school, Taylor attempted to go to the local high school.
Touring made traditional schooling difficult, so Swift finished her final two years in one year through Aaron Academy.
The Start Of Taylor Swift’s Career
Taylor began working on her career as a country artist while she was finishing up high school.
Her talent was recognized by many famous songwriters and producers from a very early point.
All those years of training and growing as an artist and performer were quickly beginning to pay off.
Swift has always known that she was extremely lucky to be in the situation she was in.
She also knew that due to her young age, many professionals were going to be wary of working with some young, rich child.
The singer-songwriter felt that the only way to not disappoint the professionals she was working with was to always have the best work to show.
She would write completely original songs every time she walked into the publishing house in order to prove that she was serious about her craft.
Taylor Swift worked with many famous country songwriters, such as Liz Rose, Brett James, Troy Verges, and the Warren Brothers.
Liz Rose took a special liking towards the young singer, claiming that working with her was the easiest job she’s ever had.
Taylor found that working with Rose allowed her to create the best and most unique music thanks to their vastly different musical abilities.
Rose helped Swift write a third of all the songs on her earliest album, which included Tim McGraw, Picture to Burn, and Teardrops on My Guitar.
During a showcase at the Bluebird Cafe in 2005, Taylor was noticed by Scott Borchetta, who was looking for talent to start his new record company with.
The Bluebird Cafe has been the birthplace of many other musicians’ careers, such as Maren Morris and Dierks Bentley.
With the help of Scott Borchetta’s new record company, Big Machine Records, Swift found major success with her song Tim McGraw.
Taylor Swift’s New Big Hit
Taylor Swift quickly made it very apparent to the world that she was no one-hit wonder.
Unlike her first album, Fearless was more universally liked by a wider range of fans.
While it was still a very country-sounding album, the influence of pop music was beginning to seep in.
Songs from the album, such as Love Story, You Belong with Me, Fifteen, White Horse, and Fearless.
Love Story was one of the top five most popular songs, according to Billboard.
It started Swift’s trend of creating hit songs that would fill up the music charts.
The singer’s music video You Belong with Me won Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.
When Taylor Swift went up to give her speech, she was unexpectedly interrupted by Kanye West.
West took the time that the singer-songwriter had to thank people for the award to talk about how Beyoncé should have been given the award instead.
Despite being mortified by the actions of the rapper, Taylor Swift graciously accepted her award before leaving the stage.
When Beyoncé was also given an award that night, instead of taking the time to speak for herself, she invited Swift onto the stage so she could make up for the time that she had lost.
This was an excellent representation of both singers’ graciousness and respect for one another.
Fearless and many of the songs on the album would go on to win many more awards, such as five different awards from the American Music Awards.
In 2009, Swift became the youngest person to ever win Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year.
Swift would hold this title until 2020 when Billie Eilish took that title from Swift at the age of 18 years old.
Taylor Swift’s Last Country Album
Speak Now was the final country album that Taylor Swift created.
Although her music is heavily inspired by country music, Speak Now is the last album in which you can hear the Nashville twang that her country music was known for.
This was also the album that earned Swift the world record for fastest-selling digital album in the United States by a female artist.
On November 13th in 2010, Speak Now had 278,000 downloads after being released for less than a month on October 25th.
Speak Now focused heavily on Taylor’s social life, with much of her inspiration coming from past friendships and romantic relationships.
The hit songs from this album were Mean, Sparks Fly, Ours, Back in December, and Story of Us.
This was the first album that Taylor Swift had ever written every single song completely by herself.
She even co-produced every single track.
The title track, Speak Now, was about a childhood friend and ex-boyfriend who ended up marrying a horrible person who cut him off from all of his old friends and even relationships with his family members.
Once again, Taylor’s album brought in plenty of awards.
The country star won two Grammies, one for Best Country Song and the other for Best Country Solo Performance.
In the same year, she was given the title Woman of the Year by Billboard.
The tour for the album was one of Taylor Swift’s most successful tours to date, in 2012, making made $123 million in a single year.
Halfway through the tour, Taylor Swift released the live version of her new album.
Again, this was the first album for which Taylor Swift had ever personally written and even co-produced every single track.
Taylor Swift Getting Red With Passion
In 2012, Taylor Swift released her first fully pop album, Red.
After one too many bad relationships, Swift was fed up with the life and world she had been living in.
While some girls may change their hairstyle after a break-up, Swift decided to change up her musical genre.
This change ended up being for the better and earned Taylor Swift another world record.
This time, it was for the fastest-selling digital single, which she earned 50 minutes after We Are Never Getting Back Together was released.
Red also helped the singer become the first solo artist to have two million-selling weeks on American selling charts.
Some of the hit songs from this album include We are Never Getting Back Together, I Knew You Were Trouble, Begin Again, and 22.
This album was meant to be a coming of age story, learning from the pitfalls of fake lovers and friends.
Swift was sick of only being seen as “the good girl” and wanted people to recognize her as the strong woman she had grown up to be.
At the time, Swift’s audience was mostly young girls, so the sudden change in style and lyrics was deemed a risky move.
However, this switch ended up being an amazing decision and allowed the singer to have more creative freedom.
The tour for Red was even more successful than last, selling more than 1.7 million tickets and making over $150 million by the end of the 86-show tour.
Despite performing in massive stadiums, her shows continue to be packed no matter where she went.
Red won Taylor a few awards such as Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist.
Swift was also given Favorite Country Album and Female Artist, thanks to her retaining a bit of her Southern charm in the albums.
Putting Country In The Past
With the success of Red proving to Taylor Swift that her fans were ready for something new, she dove deep into pop with her album 1989.
The album was named after the year that the singer was born.
The album, 1989 would go on to be another recording-breaking album.
By 2016, she had earned herself the most million-selling weeks on the American album charts.
She had managed to earn three million-selling weeks, which was more than any other artist had ever done since such records began being recorded in 1991.
It only took three hit songs for this album to become popular.
The three most popular songs from the album were Bad Blood, Blank Space, and Shake It Off.
Other songs from the popular album such as Style, Out of the Woods, and Wildest Dreams were also held in high regard.
This was the rise of Taylor Swift many young fans know and adore to this day.
She maintained her kind spirit but shed the idea of her being perfectly innocent and replaced it with her bold and empowering personality.
Even her fashion choices reflected this change in her.
Swift used her position and new album to bring attention to ways that musical artists were being cheated out of money from streaming services such as Spotify.
Artists big and small were seeing sales plummet as streaming services became more popular.
At the time, artists got little to no money from these types of services.
After taking up the same issue with Apple Music, Apple agreed to compensate artists from now, earning them the right to stream 1989.
What Taylor Swift Does Now
Taylor Swift released two albums in 2020, Folklore and Evermore.
Folklore has already earned her multiple awards.
It also made her the first woman to ever win Album of the Year three different times.
The same label also helped earn her the honor of being the first woman to ever win the Global Icon award at the BRITs Awards.
Despite being successful and always being wealthy, Taylor Swift cares deeply about the world around and donates to many different causes.
With her net worth of $400 million and a salary of $150 million per year, she is able to give a lot of money to many different charities and organizations.
In 2019, she donated $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project, which looks to fight against anti-LGBTQ legislative proposals.
That same year, she also became a donor and advocate for GLAAD, even showing up to announce giving an award to one of the winners.
Swift is also known for giving money directly to fans in order to help with what they need.
She gave one autistic fan’s family $10,000 to buy and train a service dog for the young fan.
Two years later, she got to meet the fan again, with his service dog.
Swift has given many fans who have battled cancer thousands of dollars throughout the years.
Taylor Swift is a celebrity who understands how beneficial a position she is in and does not take her wealth for granted.
Taylor Swift serves as an excellent role model for musicians, women, and those who have always lived a more lavish lifestyle.
She is one of the most gracious celebrities of the modern age and will go down in history for her success, determination, and talent.