It only took a few years for Taylor Swift to make her mark in the country music world. She began as an unknown singer-songwriter. But three years after releasing her first single, Taylor was named country music’s entertainer of the year. She beat out long time country stars such as George Strait and Kenny Chesney.
At 13, Taylor had signed a deal with RCA records to be a songwriter. But she was unhappy with that setup. Taylor wanted to sing her songs as well as write them. so, she left RCA a year later. record deals are very hard to get. It is very uncommon for an unknown musician to walk away from one. The decision worked out for Taylor. In May 2005, Sony/ATV hired Taylor as a staff songwriter.
At age 15, she was the youngest person ever hired for that job. While Taylor wrote songs, she continued singing wherever she could. Record producer Scott Borchetta heard Taylor singing once at the Bluebird Café. He was impressed. Borchetta signed her to Big machine records. Her first song was “Tim McGraw.” It launched her music career during the summer of 2006. she co-wrote the song with Liz Rose.
Taylor began writing songs for her next album, Fearless. She also released a Christmas album in 2007. It was called sounds of the season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection. Country music organizations began taking notice of Taylor. The Academy of Country Music named Taylor the top new female vocalist. Country music television (CMT) also awarded her the Breakthrough Video of the year for “Tim McGraw.”
Taylor got big news in 2008. that was the year she was named a finalist for a Best new artist Grammy. the Grammy awards are perhaps the most respected in the music industry. Taylor lost to Amy Winehouse. But just being up for the award was a big honor for the 19-year-old.
Around that time, Taylor also began appearing on magazine covers such as USA Weekend and People. She also released a shorter album called Beautiful Eyes later in 2008. And she sang the national anthem at game three of the World Series.
Taylor’s next album, Fearless, was released in November 2008. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart and shattered sales records. In 2009, Taylor performed on the television show Saturday Night Live. She also appeared on the television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Taylor won several awards for her music videos. MTV honoured her at the Video Music Awards. Taylor won the Best Female Video award. She was unable to accept her award though. Rapper Kanye West stormed the stage as Taylor was talking. He took the microphone from her and argued that Beyoncé deserved to win. Later, Beyoncé won the award for Video of the Year. She called Taylor to the stage to finish her acceptance speech. West later apologized to Taylor. Still, many people were upset with West. They sided with Taylor, and she became even more popular.
This year she released “Look What You Made Me Do” as the lead single of her sixth album Reputation. The music video gained over 43.2 million views during its first day on YouTube, breaking the record for the most-viewed music video within 24 hours.
From Reputation, two promotional singles, “Gorgeous” and “Call It What You Want” were released. The album was released on November 10 and sold 1.216 million copies in the US—becoming 2017’s best-selling album in the country—and 2 million copies worldwide during its first week. In support of Reputation, Swift will embark on Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour in 2018.
This musical savant has conquered the world for now. It remains to be seen how long her reign will last in the music industry. Going by the way she has managed to sway her fanbase and the world so far, it may be a very long time indeed.