Birthname: Taylor Alison Swift
Parents: Scott Swift (stock broker) and Andrea Swift (homemaker)
Siblings: Austin (younger)
Birthday: December 13, 1989
Hometown: Wymossing, PA:
Highschool: Aaron Academy
Height: 5'11


"You only get so many firsts, Every one is a blessing"

"I wish all teenagers can filter through songs instead of turning to drugs and alcohol."
"I love studying it and watching it. I love thinking about how we treat each o other, and the crazy way that one person can feel one thing and another can feel totally different."
"I suffer from girlnextdooritis where the guy is friends with you and that's it."
"This is a new year. A new beginning and things will change."
"To me fearless is not the absence of fear. Its not being completely unafraid. To me, fearless is having
fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me Fearless us keeping in spite of those things that
scare you to death"

Musical Influence:

Her grandmother due to she was an opera singer, Leann Rimes, Garth Brooks, and Tim McGraw. (Taylor Swift, 2009) Others are Shaina Twain, Tina Turner, Pasty Cline, and Dolly Parton.

Taylor Swift in September of 2007 helped launch a campaign that helps protect children from online predators. To go along with this she teamed with the Governor of Tennessee (Phil Bredesen) to get rid of internet sex crimes. She also donated a pink chevy pick-up truck in 2008 that her record company gave her to Victory Junction Gang, a childrens charity. Also in 2008 the proceeds that she got from her CMF.CMF merchandise sales went to the Red Cross in Nashville. St. Jude Children Research Hospital got $10,000 from her CMT One Country. When Taylor won the CMT Music Awards she donated $5,000 that was funded by CMT to the American Red Cross. Not only to just to the Red Cross in Nashville and the American Red Cross she aslo donated $100,000 to Red Cross in Ceder Rapids for the victims from the Iowa Flood that happened in 2008. Taylor helped the listeners of Sound Matters to "responsibility." A teen led social change platform at Best Buy called @15 that gives teen opportunity to direct causes that go along, Taylor Swift supports. Fifteen is one of the songs that she sings. By joining the lineup at Sydney's Sound Relief concert that was also joined by the Vicorian Bushfire Appeal. She has mad the biggest contribution that any artist playing has to the Australian Red Cross. She donated her prom dress for charity that raised $1200 to donatemydress.org (Taylor Swift 2009 answers.com)

Early life:

Taylor Swift was born in Wymossing, Pa on December 13, 1989 to Scott and Andrea Swift and younger sibling Austin Swift. She had a love for music at a young age and a lot of people influenced her on the way. The most influential was Shaina Twain, and almost any country singer. (Taylor Swift 2009 answers.com) She always have a love for country. Also when she was 10 years old she was singing all over Wymossing, PA at festivals,fairs, and karaoke contests. Also at a young age she had the privilege to sing at a Philadelphia's 76er's game . Taylor started learning how to play guitar and writing songs at age 12 When she was 13 years old she went to Nashville
kenye takes mike
,Tn to try and get a record deal with any company giving them her demo tape of her singing karaoke songs. In the beginning nobody took her and her peers weren't being very supportive. When she was 14 she got a record deal with RCA Records. She also began writing songs and learning how to play the guitar. Her parents realized that she had talent and took her to Nashville.
She would preform at places like cafes and would sometimes meet with songwriters around that area. She was signed with RCA Records but got out of that deal due to that they wouldn't let her sing her own songs and she didn't want to sing other peoples songs.(dale Kawashima 2009) Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Records saw her preforming at Bluebird Cafe in Nashville who wanted her to sign with him and his company. There they released her first debuted single "Tim McGraw." (Taylor Swift 2009 answers.com) As time went on she became got numerous awards and some of which nobody has ever gotten. Though she did make headlines throughout the world when she won best video of the year and Kenye West came on and dissed her in front of everyone. Taylor was thinking this "Wow I can't believe I won, This is awesome, don't trip and fall, I'm going to thank the fans, this is cool, Oh hey Keny'e west is here, cool haircut, what are you doing there...ouch... I guess I'm not gunna get to thank the fans." He did apologize on theJay Leno Show and a couple days later after she made an appearance on The View

2007- CMT Breakthrough Video of the Year

2007- CMA Horizon Award for Our song
2008- nominated for a Grammy Award
2008- became first artist to hold top 2 postitions in Top
Country Albums since 1997
2008- first country artist to top the 2 million mark
in paid downloads
2008-BMI Award Song of the year and Presidents award
2009- youngest artist to win Album of the year
2009- Crystal Milestone Award
2009- break-though success for being 1st female artist to sell
her 1st debut cd
2009- 2 awards for female video of the year and Video of
the year

2009- CMA Female vocalist of the year
2009- CMA entertainer of the year

(answers.com) (Examinar.com) (countrymusic.about.com)

Her life:

Swift graduated from Aaron Academy in Henderson-ville, Tennessee
Abigael Anderson is Taylor's best friend and they have been friends since their freshman year of high school. Not only is she good friends with her Taylor is also close to Kellie Pickler who she helped write her second singe Best days of your life. Ellen DeGeherese is also one of her close friends. She also has had the same backup band for most of her career except two.
Taylor Swift: lead vocals, guitar and piano
Grant Mickelson; Guitar
Paul Sidoti: Guitar
Minke Meadows: Banjo, mandolin, guitar, keyboards, and cello
Caitlyn Evanson: Fiddle
Amos Heller: Bass
Al Wilson: drums

Why I choose her:
taylor and her brother
Taylor Swift is a girl who isn't afraid of whats in front of her. She isn't like every famous teen and doesn't loose her sense of connection with the world. Though things do bother her she doesn't let it get under her skin because she knows life will move on and that there are other important things to get out of life. Her sense of humor is one of the best and she plays along with anything like its nothing. Plus she is like any teenager doing teenager things. She doesn't want to draw attention just to herself. She helps out other people and joins organizations and goes to them to help out. Though there are some things that should be kept a secret from the public but everyone slips. Not only does is she famous she doesn't boast about it and still acts like her same old self. She always is with her family and never treats them like anything else but her own. She doesn't like people doing her songwriting due to it never comes from her. Her songs are amazing and some of them became hits and were number one on the charts. Since she writes her own songs and even plays along with them she does a pretty good job balancing them together. Also for being famous this made her grow up more making her more mature and teaching her that you have to work hard to get what you want, since not everything in life isn't handed to a person.

Global Influences:

For an 18 year old girl she has made it to places that no other country star has made it to. Like making it on covers of magazines; like rock magazines and some fashion ones too. She's traveled the world doing her concerts. She also went to Australia and supported Sydney's Sound Relief supporting and donating money to their organization. She also has done of numerous charities and made donations to various organizations and groups and probably even more then what is listed above. Taylor is a great role model for girls due to her way to deal with problems and stays the same person. She doesn't think a person has to act a certian way to be in the 'cool" and also thinks that a girl doesn't have to date the cutest guy to be happy. She sets an example of not drinking and not doing drugs due to that isn't the "cool" thing in her mind

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