Country To Pop: The Best Decision T-Swift Ever Made.
In 2007, I went to my first Taylor Swift concert. Well, it was really a Rascal Flatts concert, and Taylor was opening for them.
At this point in my life, I had sworn off country music (except for Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts, of course.) Why the exception? Well, Rascal Flatts because I could listen to them in front of my dad. Taylor Swift? For starters, when she was a freshman in High School, she wrote every single song on her first album entitled Taylor Swift.
I believe what drew so many people to her, country fans or not, was the fact that she was real. She wasn’t someone that producers were changing in order to make a big buck.
She wrote every song from her heart. As she grew with each album, pouring her experiences into her songs, we grew with her.
My friends and I would rush to Target the morning of each album release so we could each listen to it on the way to school. That would be all we talked about for the entire week. We would dissect each song to figure out which ex-boyfriend she was talking about.
Then came the album Red.
She began to enter the Pop genre with her song, “I Knew You Were Trouble.” When my friends and I first heard it, we absolutely loved it! Taylor was definitely still country at this point, but with Red, she brought an edge that distinguished her in a way that her pining love songs never did.
She had always been endearing, but now she was fierce! With each country album that came out, her followers grew.
Just this past weekend, my brother walked in the door complaining about how catchy Taylor Swift’s new songs are. Whether he’ll admit it or not, he too is now a fan.
Swifties are no longer just crazy high school girls that think that Taylor understands them. As a pop artist, her songs speak to a larger audience. Instead of talking about heartbreak, she has a new message.
She talks of owning who you are and not caring what people think. She makes fun of herself. She is no longer a brokenhearted high schooler; she is a confident adult who is sharing what she has learned. I’d go so far as to say that she’s captured the heart of America… and perhaps, the world.
The album, 1989, sold 1.287 million copies in the first week. It has gone on to sell over five million in the U.S. alone! Her 1989 tour is 2015’s highest grossing concert.
And now, she has become the first woman to win the Grammy for Album of the Year twice.
She was iconic as a country singer, but she is a legend as a pop star.