How Did Taylor Swift Start Her Career?
Taylor Swift had a remarkable rise to fame, with her career taking off since her first hit single, ‘Tim McGraw’, released in 2006. But how did she get her start? From being a young singer-songwriter at age 14, to becoming one of the most successful pop singers in music history, this is Taylor Swift’s remarkable journey to stardom.
At the ripe age of 10 years old, when most of us were just starting to learn basic guitar chords or stumbling through the school choir, Taylor Swift started to write her own songs. She wrote her first song, ‘Lucky You’ at age 12. By the time she was 14, Swift had been visiting Nashville, Tennessee to perform her original work at various showcases and festivals. She would often travel as far as New York and Los Angeles for songwriting sessions. After a few record labels rejected her, Swift moved to Nashville permanently to focus on her music.
Big Machine Records
In 2005, Swift’s big break came at the way of Big Machine Records. The independent label signed her to a recording contract and released her self-titled debut album in 2006. It debuted at #19 on the US Billboard 200 chart and sold more than five million copies worldwide. The first single released off the album, ‘Tim McGraw’, quickly gained popularity, reaching number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in July 2006.
Over the next decade, Taylor Swift released five successful studio albums, won countless awards, and became one of the biggest pop stars in the world. Her success was underpinned by the success of her signature ‘country-pop’ sound and her powerful, narrative-driven video clips.
Here are some of Taylor’s greatest accomplishments:
- 2020: released 8th studio album, ‘Folklore’.
- 2019: won the American Music Award for Artist of the Decade.
- 2013: won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for ‘Red’.
- 2012: named Billboard’s Woman of the Year.
- 2009: won 4 Grammy Awards.
- 2008: became youngest artist to win Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards.
Taylor Swift has come an incredibly long way since she started her career in 2005. Through hard work, determination, and dedication to her craft, Swift has become one of the most successful recording artists of all time.
Her achievements are nothing short of amazing and her story is proof that hard work and dedication can turn even the biggest dreams into reality.