Be Fearless & Speak Now

She’s only 21-years-old and last night she was honored as the artist of the year at the American Music Award’s [AMA’s]…

Taylor Swift


As if receiving the most prestigious AMA award isn’t enough, TSwift also went home with two more awards, favorite country female artist and favorite country album for “Speak Now”- ROCK ON GIRLFRIEND!

In honor of her great accomplishments last night [and me being a TSwift fanatic], I thought today would be a great opportunity to provide y’all with some TSwift trivia 😀

Personal Life

  • Full Name: Taylor Alison Swift [I guess we totes have something in common- except my name has two l’s, “Allison”]
  • Birthday: December 13, 1989
  • She was born and raised in PA [on a Christmas tree farm] and has one younger brother
  • She won a national poetry contest in 4th grade for a three-page poem titled “Monster in My Closet”
  • When she was 10, a computer repairman showed her how to play three chords on a guitar which sparked her interest in learning how to play the instrument
  • Her first song was titled “Lucky You”
  • When she was 12, she devoted an entire summer to writing a 350-page novel [which remains unpublished]
  • She began writing songs an outlet to help her with her pain from not fitting in at school
  • When she was 14, her family moved to Nashville
  • Her greatest musical influence is Shania Twain and other influences include LeAnn Rimes, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, and her grandmother [who was a professional opera singer]


Musical Career

  • When she was 14 years old, she caught the attention of Scott Borchetta who signed her to his newly formed record label, Big Machine Records and TSwift became  the youngest staff songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ ATV Tree publishing house
  • Her lyrics are highly autobiographical, saying that “If you listen to my albums, it’s like reading my diary.”  She has also indicated that she tries to write so her fans can relate to the lyrics
  • Debut Single: “Tim McGraw
  • Debut Album: “Taylor Swift” [*multi-platinum*]


  • Second Album: “Fearless” [*earned four Grammy awards, including album of the year*]


  • Third Album: “Speak Now


  • Tours: Fearless Tour [09-10] and Speak Now World Tour [11-12]
  • Voted best-selling musician in 2008 by Nielson SoundScan
  • Ranked 69th most powerful celebrity in 2009, 12th in 2010, and 7th in 2011 by Forbes
  • Listed as the “Most Successful Digital Artist in Music History” in January 2010 by Nielson SoundScan [*over 34.3 million digital tracks sold*]
  • Named”The Country Royalty” [along with Carrie Underwood] because they were the only female country artists to be ranked on Rolling Stone’s “Queens of Pop” list by the renowned site “The Boot” in June 2011
  • As of March 2011, she sold over 20 million albums and 34.3 million singles worldwide
  • She is listed in the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records as the “Fastest Selling Digital Album by a Female Artist” for her album “Speak Now” and “Most Simultaneous U.S. Hot 100 Hits by a Female Artist
  • Named “Woman of the Year” in 2011 by Billboard


Acting Career

  • 2008: she made her acting debut in Brad Paisley’s music video “Online;” she filmed two documentaries, one for MTV entitled “MTV’s Once Upon a Prom” and the second, with Def Leppard for CMT entitled “CMT Crossroads;” and she collaborated with the Jonas Brother’s in their 3D Concert Film, “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience”
  • 2009: she made her primetime television acting debut on CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; she made a cameo appearance in Kelli Pickler’s music video “Best Day of Your Life;” she appeared in “Hannah Montana: The Movie” as herself; she was showcased on Dateline NBC, “On Tour With Taylor Swift;’ she hosted and performed as the musical guest for an episode of SNL [Saturday Night Live]
  • 2010: she made her feature film acting debut as Felicia in the film “Valentine’s Day” [for which she won the Teen Choice Award for “Movie Female Breakout”]
  • 2012:  she has been cast to voice the role of Audrey in the animated film “The Lorax”


I have been meaning to write this post for a while now [since seeing her in concert for the second time this past summer] and I am so excited that TSwift had such a successful night last night at the AMA’s- TOTES AWESOMENESS 😀  I think it’s so cool how she appeals to such a diverse fan group [young and old] and how relateable she is!

P.S.  Check out her website and “like” her on FB!

Question:  Are you a TSwift fan?

Question:  Did you watch the AMA’s last night?



Filed under Inspiration & Motivation, Music

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