50 facts you NEED to know about Taylor Swift
Oh Na Na...What's her name?
Her full name is Taylor Alison Swift. She was named after James Taylor, a famous singer and performer. Taylor's mom, Andrea, also wanted to name her daughter 'Taylor' because if you heard her name you wouldn't know if it was a boy or girl.
Taylor was born December 13,1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She spent a majority of her childhood living there with her parents, Scott and Andrea, and her younger brother Austin.
It is no secret Taylor is OBSESSED with her cats. She has 2 beloved Scottish fold cats, Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey. She constantly posts adorable pictures of her furry friends on her Instagram page. Let's face it, her cats are more famous than we will ever be.
Music Runs in the Family
Taylor Swift followed in the footsteps of her grandmother. Her grandmother, a professional opera singer, inspired Taylor from a young age to do music.
Early Start to Music
At age 10, she started singing at local events in Reading, PA. At age 11, she sang 'The Star Spangled Banner' at a Philadelphia 76ers game. When she was 11, she also won a local talent competition singing LeAnn Rimes song 'Big Deal'
Taylor Swift is more than just an amazing singer, songwriter, and performer. She is a FABULOUS musician as well. She can play the guitar, electric guitar, piano, ukulele, and banjo.
First Song Ever
At age 12, Taylor wrote her first song 'Lucky You'. Fun fact: A computer repairman taught Taylor how to play three chords on a guitar when she was 12, which inspired her to write her first song.
Off to Nashville
At age 14, her family relocated to Nashville, Tennessee so Taylor could break into country music. Taylor felt she needed to pursue country music in Nashville after watching a Faith Hill Documentary.
In 2006, Taylor Swift performed at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, which landed her with a contract with Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Records. As we all know, the rest is history!
She is most scared of
Like most people, Taylor is afraid of Spiders and Snakes. However, her biggest fear is of sea urchins. She find the creatures to be extremely creepy.
First single 'Tim McGraw'
In 2006, Taylor released her first single, 'Tim McGraw' with Big Machine Records. The song was a top 10 hit on the country charts.
She LOVES Christmas
Like most of us, Taylor's favorite holiday is Christmas. It makes sense since she grew up on an 11 acre Christmas tree farm.
Taylor released her first album, 'Taylor Swift' in October 2016. Her album sold more than 2.5 million copies WOW!
Taylor LOVES everything Disney! She even made an appearance in the Hannah Montana movie. She sang 'Crazier', which Miley and Travis danced to in the movie.
You Belong With Me
She is the first country singer to win an MTV Video Music Award. She won the BEst Female Video award for her video 'You Belong With Me'.
Lucky Number 13
Taylor Swift's lucky number 13. She credits the number 13 with many of her successes over the years. First off, she was born on December 13th. Also, her first album went gold in 13 weeks!
At age 19, she became the youngest musician to win the CMA for 'Entertainer of the year. That year, she also took home awards for best female vocalist, video of the year for 'Love Story' and album of the year with Fearless.
In 2012, her hit song 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' earned Taylor a record for being the fastest-selling digital single. It climbed to No.1 on the iTunes singles sales charts just 50 minutes after it was released.
US Hot 100
In 2010, Taylor released her third studio album 'Speak Now'. After the release, she had 11 separate tracks on the US Hot 100, securing her a record for the Most simultaneous US Hot 100 hits by a female.
Taylor loves reading and writing poetry. It is not surprising that she is an amazing songwriter, she wrote a 350 page novel when she 12 years old!
Album of the Year
At the age of 20, she became the youngest artist ever to win the Grammy for Album of the year. She won for her album 'Fearless'.
Taylor Swift's album Fearless, is the most awarded album in the history of country music. Fearless is the only album in history to win the Album of The Year Grammy, plus Country Album of the Year from the Grammys, CMA, ACM, and AMAs.
Coolest Girl Gang
Don't we all wish we could be a part of Taylor's A-list squad? Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge, and Blake Lively are just a few members of her awesome squad.
More than just a singer
Taylor has done her fair share of acting. In 2010, she played Felicia in the film Valentine's Day. She also voice acted the character of Audrey in The Lorax.
Highest Grossing Tour in US history
Taylor's reputation tour was the highest grossing tour in US history. It has grossed over $266 million.