Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American country pop singer-songwriter and actress. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. In 2006, she released her self-titled debutalbum. Swift co-wrote eight of the album’s songs with Liz Rose, including the singles “Tim McGraw”, “Picture to Burn” and “Teardrops on My Guitar”, and wrote three songs alone, including the singles “Our Song” and “Should’ve Said No”. She received a Best New Artist nomination at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
In 2008, Swift released her second album, Fearless. Seven of the record’s songs were written by Swift alone, including the singles “Love Story”, “Fifteen”, “You’re Not Sorry” and “Change”, and six of the album’s songs, including the singles “Fearless”, “White Horse”, “You Belong with Me” and “Breathe”, were co-written with songwriters such as Liz Rose, Colbie Caillat, Hillary Lindsey and John Rich. The record earned Swift four Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, at the 52nd Grammy Awards. She was named Artist of the Year byBillboard magazine in 2009.
In 2010, Swift released her entirely self-penned third album Speak Now, which sold over 1 million copies in its first week. The record contains six singles - “Mine”, “Back to December”, “Mean”, “The Story of Us”, “Sparks Fly” and “Ours”. “Mean” was awarded Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards. In 2011, Billboard named her Woman of the Year.
Swift has sold over 19 million albums worldwide. Forbes ranked her 2009’s 69th-most powerful celebrity with earnings of $18 million, 2010’s 12th-most powerful celebrity with earnings of $45 million and 2011’s 7th-most powerful celebrity with earnings of $45 million. Billboardnamed her the most financially successful music artist of 2011, with net earnings of more than $35 million