Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989 in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, United States.
She is an American country pop singer–songwriter, guitarist and novice actress
Taylor began learning to play guitar from a computer repairman who showed her how to play three chords.
Right after learning those three chords Taylor wrote her first song Lucky You.
She began writing songs and used it as an outlet to help her with her pain from not fitting in at high school.
Taylor became one of country-pop’s brightest and youngest faces when the 16-year-old vocalist released her first album.
Swift had been performing since early childhood, taking inspiration and encouragement from her opera-singing grandmother Marjorie Finlay.
She sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a Philadelphia 76ers game at the age of 11; the following year, she began practicing her guitar skills for several hours each day, only stopping when her fingers began to bleed.
Taylor’s parents realized their child’s dedication and hard work and began making regular visits to Nashville, where Taylor would perform casually and meet with songwriters in the area.
The family then decided to move from their native Pennsylvania to an outlying Nashville suburb, which accelerated Swift’s career.
While performing at the intimate Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Swift caught the eye of music industry veteran Scott Borchetta, who signed her to his newly formed label.
Taylor released her debut single, “Tim McGraw”, in mid-2006, reaching number 6 on Billboard magazine’s Hot Country Songs chart.
Released in late 2008, Taylor Swift catapulted the young songwriter to stardom, spawning a handful of hits while earning multi-platinum sales.
Taylor also received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, an award she ultimately lost to Amy Winehouse.
Two subsequent EPs – Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection and Beautiful Eyes – helped maintain Swift’s popularity while whetting public demand for her sophomore release, Fearless, which arrived in November 2008.