Taylor Swift Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Biography Born December 13, 1989 In Wyomissing, PA To Andrea and Scott Swift Younger brother Austin Swift Grew up on a Christmas Tree farm in Pennsylvania Moved to Hendersonville, TN to further music career.
The Early Years 11 years old – sang “Star Spangled Banner” at Philadelphia 76ers game 12 years old – started writing her own songs and learned how to play the guitar 13 years old – got a developmental deal with RCA records, which she walked away from at the end of the year 14 years old – became the youngest songwriter hired by Sony in Nashville
Taylor was discovered in 2006 by Scott Borchetta at Bluebird Café in Nashville. Swift became the first artist signed to Borchetta’s record label Big Machine Records. Swift’s debut single “Tim McGraw” became a top 10 hit on the country charts and the self-titled album went platinum. Taylor Swift’s big break!
Taylor’s Music Career At 18 she toured as the opening act for several country headliners, including Faith Hill and Tim McGraw She wrote and co-wrote all songs on her debut album 2008 nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Artist category Won Academy of Country Music’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” Award Won AMA for Favorite Female Country Artist Won the American Music Association’s “Horizon” Award
Taylor’s Music Career 2008 2nd Album “Fearless” released and stays at the top of pop and country charts for 11 weeks Highest selling country artist for 2008 Won CMT award for Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year for “Love Story” which was her crossover song from country to pop music 2009 won MTV Video Music Award “Best Female Video” making her first country star to win an MTV Award 2010 “Speak Now” her 3rd album entirely self written sells over a million copies in one week
Concert tickets for Taylor Swift sell out in less than two minutes. Only female artist to have 3 albums hit number one, amongst the ranks of such artists like Michael Jackson and The Beatles Crossed over into acting in 2010 in “Valentine’s Day” and appearing on SNL 2012 released fourth album “Red” which sold over a million copies in a week Taylor Swift writes honest music her fans can relate to and knows her audience.
Listening Guide“Tim McGraw” • Taylor Swift - Tim McGraw - YouTube Introduction The introduction begins with an acoustic guitar playing in quadruple/simple meter. The song is a ballad in minor mode. Verse 1 The verse is sung over the simple chords of the guitar in the background. The fluctuations in pitch come only from Swift’s voice and it seems to only raise or lower an octave. Chorus The drums join in at the chorus and outline the quadruple meter beat. Verse 2 Chorus Bridge There are only four lines in the bridge. The bridge is a fast tempo quadruple meter. Chorus The final chorus is a slower tempo than the previous ones. Only the guitar and the drums play to accompany Swift’s voice. Ending The ending of the song is Swift’s voice accompanied by the acoustic guitar in a quadruple/simple meter.
Listening Guide“Mean” • You Tube - Taylor Swift "Mean" 0:00 Introduction & Verse 1 The song opens immediately with Swift’s voice accompanied by a banjo in a simple/quadruple meter beat in major mode. 0:35 Chorus The banjo, acoustic guitar, bass guitar and hand claps all play in unison to accentuate the words and the rhythm of the chorus. 1:05 Verse 2 The second verse opens with the violin joining in to add melody in the background. 1:42 Chorus In the chorus the second time around, the additions are the drums highlighting the tempo of the song. The banjo, acoustic guitar, bass guitar and hand claps all play in unison to accentuate the words and the rhythm of the chorus. 2:08 Instrumental The bass guitar keeps the tempo of the song accentuated, while the banjo shines in a short but awesome solo playing a fast melody for seven seconds as a segway into the bridge. 3:27 Chorus & Ending The song ends with the chorus. All instruments, banjo, drums, bass guitar, acoustic guitar and violin carry over the same melody from the last chorus.
Listening Guide“Ronan” • You Tube - Taylor Swift "Ronan" 0:00 Introduction The song begins with only an electro-acoustic guitar playing in minor mode in a quadruple simple meter beat. The melody of the song is haunting and sets the somber mode. You can tell immediately from the melody that the song will be one about tragedy and loss. 1:27 Instrumental For this ten second instrumental the hand drums join in playing a triple simple meter beat while the piano harmonizes with the electro-acoustic guitar to add texture to the melody of the song. 4:10 Ending The ending is only the electro-acoustic guitar playing the melody of the song accompanying Swift’s voice singing the words, “I remember your bare feet, down the hallway. I love you to the moon and back.”
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Taylor Swift Musician, Singer, Songwriter