Taylor Swift-A Role Model Parents Can Trust

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is one of those great artists that can be enjoyed by listeners of any age group. She is also an honest to goodness good kid who has never smoked a cigarette, done drugs or drank alcohol. She also happens to have the most Top 40 hits of any female artist in any genre this decade. She writes all her own songs, is in charge of all aspects of her career and she's only nineteen years old.

Taylor Swift was born on December 13,1989 in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. When she was twelve years old, she started writing songs and playing a twelve string guitar. She went to Nashville, handing out a demo disc to every record label in town. They thought she was cute but they didn't take her seriously. At fourteen, her family relocated to Nashville to help her follow her dream of breaking into the country music business. It was then that she became the youngest staff songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing house. When she was 15 years old, Taylor rejected a developmental deal with RCA Records, they wanted to watch her for another year and see how she did. That wasn't ok with her, though. Not long after, she was performing at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and caught the attention of Scott Borchetta, who had just left Universal Records and hadn't even named his new label yet. He decided on Big Machine Records and signed Taylor Swift to the label.

Taylor Swift's self-titled debut album was released in October of 2006; it's since gone platinum three times. Taylor wrote or co-wrote all the songs on the album and it peaked at #1 on Billboard Top Country Albums and #5 on the Billboard 200. The album remained at the top of the Top Country Album charts for 24 weeks. The only other country artists this decade to achieve the number one sales position for 20 weeks or more are The Dixie Chicks and Carrie Underwood. The first single from the album, Tim McGraw reached #6 on the Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart. The video set a record by appearing for thirty consecutive weeks on GAC's fan-voted Top 20 Countdown and reached number one on CMT's video charts. The video for Tim McGraw won Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2007 CMT Music Awards. The second single off the album, Teardrops on My Guitar went to # 2 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs and #33 on the Billboard Hot 100. In October of 2007, Taylor Swift won the Nashville Songwriters Association Inernational's Songwriter/Artist of the Year Award. She was the youngest artist to ever win the award. She also won the CMA's Horizon Award in 2007.

Our Song, the third single became her first #1 song, spending six weeks at #1 on Country charts. The song also went to #16 on Billboard's Hot 100 and to #24 on the Billboard Pop 100. Her fourth single, Picture to Burn, climbed to #3 on Billboard Country Chart. The fifth single, Should've Said No also went to #1. She then released an EP available exclusively at Walmart, titled Beautiful Eyes. It debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart and #9 on the Billboard 200. Her self-titled debut album was at #2 the same week and she became the first artist since LeAnn Rimes in 1997 to hold the top two positions of the Top Country Albums Chart. Swift was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award for Best New Artist but lost to Amy Winehouse.


Swift's second album, Fearless, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sold 592,304 copies in the first week. It was the highest debut of any country artist in 2008 and also the largest US opening sales week in 2008 by a female artist in all genres of music. In it's debut week, seven songs from Fearless were charted on Billboard Hot 100, tying her with Hannah Montana for the most by a female artist in a single week. White Horse at #13 gave Swift her sixth Top 20 debut of 2008, a calendar year record for any artist in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. Of the thirteen tracks on Fearless, eleven of them have already spent time on the Hot 100. Love Story climbed to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the first country crossover recording to hit #1 on the Nielsen BDS/Top 40 chart in the sixteen year history of the list, as well as as hitting #1 on the Mediabase Top 40 Chart. Taylor Swift is the first artist in the history of Nielsen SoundScan to have two different albums in the Top 10 on the year end album chart. Fearless became the first album by a female artist in country music history to log eight weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200. Love Story became the first country song to top the Mainstream Top 40 chart and then You Belong With Me did the same.

Taylor Swift was country music's best-selling artist of 2008. She also won the Billboard Top Country Artist and Hot Country Songwriter of 2008 Awards. At the 2009, Academy of Country Music Awards she won the award for Top Female Vocalist.  Love Story won Video of the Year and Fearless took home Album of the Year. She also won the Crystal Milestone Award for Outstanding Achievement in Country Music in 2009. At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Swift became the first country music artist to win an MTV Video Music Award when You Belong With Me took home the Best Female Video Award. At the 2009 CMA Awards, she won the Album of the Year honors for Fearless. Love Story won Music Video of the Year and Taylor Swift won the Entertainer of the Year Award.


MTV 2009 MVA Best Female Video Winner

Charitable Works

 Taylor Swift is well known for her charitable nature.  In September of 2007, she teamed up with Tennessee Governor, Phil Bredesen to launch a campaign to protect children from online predators.  In participation with the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police they distributed Internet safety information and materials to parents and students across the state to try to combat internet sex crimes. 

In 2008, Big Machine Records gave Swift a pink Chevy pick-up truck and she donated it to the Victory Junction Gang, a children's charity.  She also donated all the proceeds from her merchandise sales at the 2008 Country Music Festival to the Nashville Area Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and the National Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.  When winning Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year awards at the 2008 CMT Music Awards, Swift donated $10,000 (funded by CMT One Country) to St. Jude's Research Hospital.  In 2009, she won the same two awards and donated $5,000 to American Red Cross.  She donated $100,000 to Red Cross in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to help the victims of the Iowa flood of 2008.  She also donated her prom dress to DonateMyDress.org and helped to raise $1,200 for charity.

I decided to write this after reading about the comments that Wynona Judd made previous to Taylor Swift's Entertainer of the Year win the other night.  She gave a statement saying basically that Taylor hadn't earned her success the way she and her mother had to in the old days and that it was "too much too soon".  Honestly, in my opinion, it came across as sour grapes and I wanted to just showcase all the good this young woman has done with her fame and how much she deserves the success she's achieved.  Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it.

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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Yes, she definitely did deserve it. And I would like to personally punch Kanye West in the teeth for doing what he did :D I'm dead serious too.

Thanks for showcasing this. I actually thought about writing a hub just like this one, but now, I'm not going to try as you did such a thorough job of it. She's the MOST talented artist today, period. Thank you very much, Lissa.

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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY Author

Thanks! I was so mad when I saw what Kanye had done and then what Wynona had said, I just felt that she works really hard for the success she has and you never hear any nonsense about her in the tabloids. She gives back to her community and the world at large and she's got a good head on her shoulders for being as successful as she is. I just wanted people to see that there's more to her than they think and she is one of those artists that's going to be around for a while, like Reba McEntire, she's not a fad. Thanks for your comment! :)

Laurie 6 years ago

Thanks for another great article! I absolutely adore this girl. She has a level head on her shoulds, she's classy, and as you mentioned she's a wonderful rolemodel. She deserves everything that comes her way! Other artists should take a cue from Taylor and conduct themselves the ways that she does!

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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY Author

Thanks Laurie :) I appreciate your comment :)

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Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

I think he is just great. And she has a funny sense of humor I thought she was adorable on Saturday night live. Great Hub.

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MissE 6 years ago from Texas

Yay!! I love Taylor Swift. Thanks for writing a great article. I've never read much about her background. I love hearing about her charity work. Cool stuff! She deserved that award! Wynona came across as old and bitter, and she just plain ticked me off! Good job Lissa!!!;)

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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY Author

Thanks for the comments :) I had a lot of fun looking up all the background on her. She's a great kid and I had been thinking of doing a hub on her anyway, and then all the hoopla with stupid Wynona came out and that made my mind up for me. :)

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keira7 6 years ago

Great hub my dear Lissa, as always. Thanks for the info. See you soon my good friend.:)

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John Alan 6 years ago from Florida

Great hub about Taylor Swift. I am not a huge country music fan, but I do respect her as an artist, and now more as a person.

I think it's funny / cute she's been dating / hanging out with Taylor Lautner.

Good job Lissa.

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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY Author

Thank you Keira and John :) I really enjoyed writing this; I think she's fantastic. And I agree with you John that it is so cute that she and Taylor Lautner are dating. :)

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I made a hub about Taylor too without knowing about yours. But you did a better job. Good hub. Aloha!

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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY Author

Thanks Elayne :) I'll check yours out, too! :)

Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Great hub to showcase a very good young artist! Congratulations too on your HubNugget Wannabe Nomination.

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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY Author

Thanks Duchess!

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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Beautiful to highlight people who are good role models for us and for our children! Great hub! Congratulations for being a Hubnugget Wannabe. To vote, click this link: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/Nugget-Family... Enjoy the Hubnuggets!

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theguru-reports 6 years ago from Montana

Nice article on the public side of Taylor...the private side is just the same. I have never seen her or been around her in any location where she wasn't as you've seen. Earlier this year, she helped our local high school in Gilbert, AZ raise $11,000 for its music program. She is wise and mature well beyond her years.

With all those things about Taylor, her loyalty to those around her is even stronger. I've learned and appreciated that first hand

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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY Author

Thanks for the comment :)

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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Taylor has quite an impressive resume! Her parents are a big part of her success....She is huge & definitely will get bigger! I think in the near future she will turn to Hollywood & slowly leave the Nashville scene. That's just my prediction. I put her in the same class of Miley Cyrus. There both young & will go toward the spotlight of California...Only time will tell...

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questiongirl 6 years ago

First a side note to comment on Michael Shane's comment: Miley actually started out in the Hollywood boat. She was an actor, appearing in such films as Big Fish and landing the role of Hannah Montana, before she became a recording artist. She actually tried out for the role of Hannah's best friend--a non-singing role-- on HM before being given the lead. I do see what you're saying though!

On to Lissa Lynn: Great hub! I'm glad you added your reasons for writing the hub at the end. I was a little surprised at all the Taylor backlash after her performance with Stevie Nicks at the Grammy Awards. People were saying it could be a career-ruiner. Yes, the performance was a bit of a dud, but it's not like Taylor Swift was supposed to be the next Celine Dion. Were people's illusions really that shattered? She was never heralded as a gifted vocalist, like Carrie Underwood is. Her musical identity was always the adorable singer-songwriter, and as far as I am concerned, a couple missed notes at a live performance are not enough to rob her of that title.

maura 5 years ago

ok so she is soooo amazingly awesome!!!!! she is definitly my role model and i look up to her (bc im only 12) i want to b like her someday and i hope she stays a great role model because i would b heartbroken if she didn't

Matthew 5 years ago

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Sarah 4 years ago

Where is the proof Taylor never did these things? Taylor is a legal adult who can do certain things such as drink legally, and there is no reason to glorify her for avoiding normal human activities. Alcohol is nothing to be afraid of when consumed responsibly. As for her opinions on sex, she is detrimental to female sexuality. Her video shows that by being cute and virginal you will get the guy, while being "slutty" and actually fighting with someone you're dating makes you lose everything in the end. Instead of teaching woman that sex is wrong, she should encourage responsibility, and not slut shame those who are considered "popular".


sophie10 4 years ago

Taylor is my role model, she has inspired me to learn to play guitar. She handled the Kanye West incident very well but as she does she wrote a song about it (Innocent) She deserves everything she has earned and will earn.

dale 3 years ago

While she tries to portrays a nice, so innocent girl, she does give a lot to charity and that is really commendable. However would you want your son in high school dating a 23 yr old girl. She seems to jump from one guys bed to another, she has realtionship with younger men because she has more control over them. I have really lost all respect for her. It was also claimed that she was sleeping with Kennedy and met Harry at the same time, another example of having no respect for herself as well.

sophia jones 3 years ago

i love taylor swift, she is a great role model for many boys and girls, i think she will help us kids to be mean to others and to help many kids, i look up to her and how great she is, i wish i could be like her 1 day and help others like she does

prince wilfred 2 months ago


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