Taylor Swift grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Wyomissing, Pa., but had Nashville dreams by age 11. That year, she delivered demos to every major label on Music Row, but no one would give her a shot … until Scott Borchetta called at age 15. He signed her to his fledgling Big Machine Records label, and they released ‘Tim McGraw’ in June 2006. Success didn’t didn’t take long. Swift’s third single ‘Love Story’ was her first No. 1, and since then, every release except one has gone Platinum. She’s sold over 20 million records worldwide while becoming the most successful touring artist in country music. Her personal life, including relationships with Joe Jonas and John Mayer, has been the subject of much tabloid fodder. However, boyfriends have also inspired her best songs.
Birthday: December 13, 1989
Top Songs: 'Our Song,' 'Mean,' 'Love Story'
Fun Fact: Faith Hill's 'Behind the Music' inspired Taylor to pursue country music.
Ryan Adams may have been the first artist to give a complete tribute to Taylor Swift's fifth studio album, 1989, with his track-by-track re-recording, but he most certainly won't be the last. In fact, several Nashville musicians will be paying tribute to Swift and her groundbreaking album in the form of a live concert in Music City.
Taylor Swift is one tough cookie as far as video director Joseph Kahn is concerned. In her "Out of the Woods" video, the superstar braves the elements — snow, ice, mud, water — but in actuality, she did just this on the video set.
Do you remember the good old days when Taylor Swift was still country? We miss her and her gorgeous music videos from her country days. Try our quiz and see just how well you know those visuals from before her pop debut, 1989.
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