- 06 Nov 18
14 year-old Taylor Swift was discovered 14 years ago.
This week marked Taylor Swift's discovery and launch to worldwide fame. 14 year-old Swift, with big dreams and even bigger curls, was spotted in the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville on the 4 November 2004. Scott Borchetta was in the audience for her performance and signed her to the record company Big Machine. Swift is still signed to them today.
Swift fans shared photos from 2004 when tickets to her concert were only $8 at the time. Her performance pre-dates when the singer sketched the number '13' on her hand for good luck.
14 years ago today @taylorswift13 performed at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville where @scottborchetta was sitting in the audience & they met for the first time. This led to the making of Big Machine Records & 2 years later Taylor released her debut album with the label 🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/yd48Cj5Eaq
— Rep Tour Dublin 𝔯𝔢𝔭𝔲𝔱𝔞𝔱𝔦𝔬𝔫 Fan account since 2010 (@Swiftness13) November 4, 2018
The Bluebird Cafe, featured in the TV show Nashville, has had amazing artists such as Faith Hill, Keith Urban and Garth Brooks. The legendary venue celebrated its 35th anniversary in March 2018. Taylor Swift returned to the Bluebird to perform her hit song 'Shake It Off' for the special occasion.
Two years after her discovery, Swift's first self-titled album was released in 2006. 'Tim McGraw' was the first single released by the artist in June 2006. The debut single stayed in the Billboard Hot 100 for 20 weeks and reached no. 6 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
Over the course of her career the 'Delicate' singer has released six albums, excluding deluxe additions. Her latest album Reputation indicated a clear change in Swift's career from sweet country princess to pop star. Her single 'Look What You Made Me Do' revealed a new sound for the artist, joking "I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now... why? Oh, because she's dead."
Swift performed in Croke Park in June 2018 singing material from all albums, as part of her Reputation Tour. She wowed crowds with full-production performances with giant snakes, a dozen backing dancers and fireworks. Staying true to her roots Swift also gave fans intimate acoustic guitar versions of 'Dancing With Our Hands Tied' from the Reputation album and 'Mean' from Speak Now.
Swift understands the huge platform she has been given from her music. Even while on tour in Australia she is encouraging Americans to vote in the mid-term elections.