Taylor Alison Swift, an American singer-songwriter, was born on December 13, 1989. She is a significant cultural personality of the twenty-first century known for her songwriting, musical variety, artistic reinventions, and influence on the music business. Swift obtained a recording contract with Big Machine Records in 2005 and started creating songs professionally at the age of 14. Starting with her self-titled album in 2006, she released six studio albums with Big Machine, four of which were for country radio. The hits "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me" from her subsequent album, Fearless, which explored country pop, propelled her to fame. While Red experimented with electronic elements and included "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Swift's first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, Speak Now contained rock influences.
Swift's pop album Lover and autobiographical documentary Miss Americana were both published in 2019 and 2020, respectively, following the signing of a new contract with Republic Records in 2018. She explored chill-out genres on Midnights (2022), explored indie folk and alternative rock on Folklore and Evermore from 2020, and released four re-recorded versions of her first six albums under the name "Taylor's Versions" after a disagreement with Big Machine. Records were broken by the albums and the number-one singles "Cardigan", "Willow", "All Too Well (10 Minute Version)" and "Anti-Hero". Swift started her biggest concert tour, the Eras Tour, in 2023. Additionally, she has directed films including All Too Well: The Short Film (2021) and music videos.
Career And Life
Her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift, was a housewife before becoming a mutual fund marketing executive, and her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, was a former stockbroker for Merrill Lynch. Her mother, Marjorie Finlay, was an opera singer, and her younger brother, Austin Swift, is an actor. Swift, whose name is derived from the singer-songwriter James Taylor, is of Italian, German, and Scottish descent. She follows Christ. Before moving to the Wyndcroft School, she attended the Bernadine Franciscan nuns' Alvernia Montessori School for preschool and kindergarten. Swift attended Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School in the suburban Pennsylvanian town of Wyomissing, where the family had relocated to a leased home.
Swift appeared on five tracks between 2021 and 2023, outside of her albums: "The Joker and the Queen" by Ed Sheeran, "Renegade" and "Birch" by Big Red Machine, a remix of "Gasoline" by Haim, and "The Alcott" by the National. She recorded "Carolina" for the soundtrack of the 2022 movie Where the Crawdads Sing, which was nominated for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes and Best Song Written for Visual Media at the Grammy Awards. Swift's post-pandemic surge in fame was the result of her album releases, concert tours, and other associated endeavours. Her entry into a "new stratosphere of global career success" was noted by Music Business Worldwide. Swift was honoured with the National Music Publishers' Association's Songwriter Icon Award.
Swift has won an Emmy, 40 American Music Awards, 29 Billboard Music Awards (the most by a woman), 101 Guinness World Records, 23 MTV Video Music Awards (including four Video of the Year wins—the most by an act), eight Academy of Country Music Awards, two Brit Awards, and 12 Grammy Awards (including three for Album of the Year—tying for the most by an artist). She has received recognition as a songwriter from the National Music Publishers' Association, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Nashville Songwriters Association. In 2015, Rolling Stone listed her as the 100th greatest composer of all time, making her the youngest member of the list. In 2016, during the 64th BMI Awards.
According to a June 2023 Forbes estimate, Swift's net worth is estimated to be $740 million, making her the richest female singer in American history whose primary source of income is music. Her publishing rights for her first six albums were also estimated to be worth $200 million in 2022. She was recognised as the top-earning female musician by Forbes four times in a row. With $170 million, she was the highest-paid celebrity of 2016. Guinness World Records recognised this as the highest yearly earnings for a female musician ever, and in 2019 she topped it with $185 million. With an overall salary of $825 million, Swift was the most paid female artist of the decade. In addition, she has amassed a $150 million real estate portfolio as of 2023.