Born in Pennsylvania, the now 19 year old Taylor Swift moved to Nashville with her family only five years ago and has since developed a hugely successful career. Before moving to Nashville, she was clearly destined for a life of creativity, having won awards for her poetry, writing an un-published novel and taking part in her first live performance at the Bloomsburg Fair, followed by various appearances at karaoke nights.
Taylor began writing songs at the age of ten and playing guitar aged 12. Her writing ability was soon recognised by Sony, who signed her as their youngest ever staff songwriter. However, it did not take long for her to gain attention for her singing as well as her writing, following the release of her debut single, ‘Tim McGraw’, which peaked at number six on Billboard’s Hot Country Chart.
Swift’s success is due not only to her talent but also her natural charm and honesty. She cites her inspiration as people such as the Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline, and like her peers, she writes from the heart and personal experience. Whether it be the high school heartache of ‘Teardrops on My Guitar’ or wanting the state of the world to change in the powerful ‘Change’. Not surprisingly, her age and choice of song topics have attracted a predominantly teenage audience but her peers too have honoured her in winning Album of the Year for ‘Fearless’ at the Academy of Country Music Awards last year, as well as Songwriter/Artist of the Year from the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
Having established an audience at home in America, 2008 saw Taylor embark on European promotion for both of her album which have now received international releases. She performed an intimate show at the Kings College student union in London and returned in May this year to play two sold out nights at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. No doubt Swift will continue with this impressive rise to fame and rightly so.