Taylor Swift: 32 Facts to Know About this Empowered Singer & Activist

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Taylor Swift is arguably the biggest artist in the world currently, and her high ranking status doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. We know she’s one of the absolute best there is, but there are fun little tidbits I’m sure you don’t know. So take a look with me as we explore some of the fun and unique aspects of T-Swift:

#1 She was born on December 13, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania. The exact time she was born is 5.17 a.m.

#2 Taylor was born with the name “Taylor Alison Swift”. She was named after James Taylor. Knowing that suddenly her career in music seems almost prophetic right there 😉

#3 Her mother’s name is Andrea Finlay & her father is Scott Kingsley Swift.

#4 Taylor spent her early years growing up on her family’s Christmas tree farm in Montgomery County; you can see immediately why Swift was so influenced by country music between her name and childhood.

#5 At the age of 11, she won a local talent competition by singing a rendition of LeAnn Rimes’s “Big Deal”.

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#6 She is terrified of snakes and spiders.

#7 Her favorite food is cheesecake.

#8 She attended school at West Reading Elementary Center and Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School.

#9 Her first hobby was English horse riding and she competed in horse shows.

#10 Taylor Swift is the first country singer to win an MTV Video Music Award. Her video “You Belong with Me” won the Best Female Video award in 2009. Big win for the genre right here for sure.

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#11 She has won 11 American Music Awards, 7 Grammy Awards, and 6 Country Music Association Awards.

#12 The first song that she ever wrote was “Lucky You.”

#13 Taylor is the youngest songwriter to be hired by Sony/ATV Music publishing house. Good talent is just too hard to pass up, no matter what age that person is.

#14 Her favorite holiday is Christmas. I think we can all agree Christmas is the superior holiday am I right?

#15 The six things that are always in her refrigerator are eggs, thinly sliced ham and chicken, orange juice, diet coke, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and binge food. Gotta love the binge food at the end there. “There’s always some sort of binge food – like a tube of cinnamon rolls or a giant tub of cookie dough. Because I’m that girl.”

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#16 She has won a national poetry contest with her poem titled “Monster in My Closet.”

#17 She has appeared in the film Valentine’s Day in 2010 and also in one episode of CSI in 2009. Maybe she’ll get into more acting down the line?

#18 Taylor is the youngest artist in history to win a Grammy Award for Album of the year in 2010. She was only 20 years old at that time. So basically Billie Eilish for the country genre in 2010. Pretty impressive not gonna lie.

#19 Her favorite color is Tiffany Blue. Very specific. I like it.

#20 She had a cameo in Hannah Montana: The Movie.

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#21 She loves mystery books. Her favorites are Murder on the Orient Express and And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, but her all-time favorites regardless of genre are The Hunger Games and To Kill a Mockingbird. Gotta love a girl with taste. Like that is class reading right there. Ten out of ten.

#22 She contributed two songs to the movie The Hunger Games (2012). The songs are “Safe & Sound” and “Eyes Open.”

#23 Her brother Austin Swift is a freelance photographer. He helped photograph her Fearless Tour.

#24 Her lead single “Love Story” released in 2008 became the 2nd best selling country single of all time.

#25 Taylor became the youngest sole writer and singer of a no.1 country song through her single “Our Song”.

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#26 Her album “Fearless” is the most awarded album in the history of country music. The album is certified six-times platinum.

#27 She wrote all the songs in her third studio album “Speak Now’.

#28 Taylor is the top-selling digital artist in history. To be honest, that speaks volumes more than awards do. More people since the digital age have listened to her music more than anyone else. That is bonkers.

#29 Taylor admits that she is an extremely clumsy person and jokes that her parents always make fun of her because she spills everything. Hey, we all got our weak spot, right?

#30 She wrote 9 of the 16 songs in her fourth studio album “Red”. The other 7 songs in the album she co-wrote it with Max Martin, Ed Sheeran, Gary Lightbody, Dan Wilson, and Liz Rose.

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#31 One of her biggest dreams was to be on the Ellen show. Pretty sure a lot of us wish that…the only difference is she’s been there eleven times. Lucky.

#32 She says Shania Twain is her greatest influence but is also “devoted” to Britney Spears. Not a huge country fan, but Shania is on the God tier when it comes to that genre. (Queen of Country Pop anyone?)

And there you go, 32 facts about the great T-Swift! 

We, at Hollywood Insider, will continue to root for Taylor Swift, support her music and thankful for her public and vocal support for many important causes. It is rare to find an artist who is willing to put her career on the line, in a politically charged climate like ours, and speak up for humanity. Taylor, we admire you, for your humanity, artistry and activism. We respect you. Your divine talent has garnered you a platform that you are now utilizing for a greater purpose and that is noteworthy.

By Merrick Sinclair


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