Artist Spotlight
May 26, 2021

May 26th Featured Artist – Taylor Swift!

Taylor Swift playing a green guitar

Are you a fan of Taylor Swift? She’s this week’s featured artist!

Born December 13th 1989, she is an American singer-songwriter whose narrative lyricism, which often takes inspiration from her personal life, has received widespread critical praise and media coverage. With sales of over 200 million records worldwide, Swift is one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Swift’s music consists primarily of elements of pop, synth-pop, country, country pop, rock, alternative rock, indie and folk. Her works also incorporate R&B, EDM, hip hop, and trap. Musical instruments that she plays include guitar, piano, banjo and ukulele. Swift described herself as a country artist until the release of 1989 (2014), which she characterized as her first “sonically cohesive pop album”.

Her career began in earnest with her breaking into the country music scene with her eponymous debut studio album in 2006 and rose to mainstream prominence with her second studio album, Fearless (2008), a country pop record with crossover appeal. Swift’s third studio album, Speak Now (2010), blended country pop with elements of rock, and her fourth studio album Red (2012) saw her transcending her country roots,drawing inspiration from various pop, rock, and electronic genres.

She completely moved to pop with her synth-pop fifth studio album, 1989 (2014), and expanded the electropop sound on her next two studio albums, Reputation (2017) and Lover (2019), which respectively embraced urban and retro styles. Swift experimented with folk and alternative rock on her eighth and ninth studio albums, Folklore and Evermore (both 2020).

Her accolades include 11 Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, two Brit Awards, 11 MTV Video Music Awards, 12 Country Music Association Awards, 25 Billboard Music Awards, 32 American Music Awards, and 35 Guinness World Records. She ranked eighth on Billboards 2019 Greatest of All Time Artists Chart and was listed on Rolling Stone’s was named Woman of the Decade (2010s) by Billboard and Artist of the Decade by the American Music Awards.

Check below for a live performance of her hit Wildest Dreams and a tab of how to play it!

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